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Manu's great, but a manu to trade

Updated: February 13, 2008, 1:57 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
I thought I had seen the performance of a lifetime already. It was from Magic Johnson in Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals. I was a young lad in Philly, wondering if this was the year the 76ers would finally end those ridiculous "We Owe You One" promises and actually win one. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sat out with a sprained ankle, the Lakers had nobody else, and Philly was sending this to a Game 7 ... until a rookie named Magic filled in at center and posted 42 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists. Not a bad fantasy game, eh?

That kind of statistical performance from a guard doesn't happen everyday. It did, however, occur on Monday night when Manu Ginobili of the Spurs scored 34 points, hauled in 15 rebounds and added 6 dimes. Manu was most certainly the man in a win over the Raptors, becoming the third guard since 1990 to have at least 30 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists in a game. You might have heard of the others: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Vince Carter (twice).

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