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Shaquille O'Neal celebrated his 34th birthday with 35 points in an overtime victory at Charlotte, becoming the second-oldest player in NBA history to outscore his age on his birthday. The oldest to do it was Denver's Alex English, who scored 37 points on his 35th birthday (in a 131-129 win over the Warriors, Jan. 5, 1989).

O'Neal, who set an NBA record for points scored in a game played on one's birthday with a 61-point performance six years ago, has a total of 218 points in the seven NBA games he's played on March 6. The only player with more career "birthday points" than Shaq is Oscar Robertson (275 in 11 games on Nov. 24).