Monday, March 10, 2008

Today's Date in NBA History

(Boulder-CO) Today's date is March 10th, and on this day:
'61- Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors became the first NBA player to score 3,000 points in a season.

'63- Wilt Chamberlain, playing for the San Francisco Warriors, scored 70 points in a 163-148 loss to Syracuse, one of six 70-plus point games in his career.

'85- Dallas Coach Dick Motta became the fourth NBA coach to record his 700th career victory as the Mavericks beat New Jersey 126-113.

'87- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the NBA’s all-time leader in personal fouls committed when he charged into Denver’s Danny Schayes with 4:23 left in the first quarter of the Lakers’ 143-107 victory over the Nuggets. Referee Bruce Alexander blew the whistle on the 4,194th foul of Abdul-Jabbar’s career, which moved Abdul-Jabbar past previous leader Elvin Hayes (4,193).

'87- Ron Harper of Cleveland sets a franchise record and NBA rookie record for steals in a game with 10, during the Cavaliers’ 100-91 loss to Philadelphia at Richfield Coliseum.

'98- Houston forwards Charles Barkley and Kevin Willis both played in the 1,000th game of their NBA careers.

'99- The Los Angeles Clippers lost their 17th straight game to begin the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season, tying the NBA record for losses at the start of a season set by the Miami Heat in the 1988-89 season.

'99- USA Basketball announced the first nine players of the 1999 USA Men's Senior National Team. Selected are Vin Baker (Seattle SuperSonics); Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs); Kevin Garnett (Minnesota Timberwolves); Tom Gugliotta (Phoenix Suns); Tim Hardaway (Miami Heat); Allan Houston (New York Knicks); Jason Kidd (Phoenix Suns); Gary Payton (Seattle SuperSonics) and Steve Smith (Atlanta Hawks). Duncan and Gugliotta later are forced to withdraw from the team due to injuries.

'00- The Detroit Pistons hold a ceremony to retire the jersey of Joe Dumars when they host Vancouver at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Dumars, who won two NBA championships with the Pistons, becomes the seventh member of the club to have his number raised. Dumars joins Dave Bing (No. 21), Bob Lanier (No. 16), Vinnie Johnson (No. 15), Bill Laimbeer (No. 40), Isiah Thomas (No. 11) and coach Chuck Daly (No. 2).

'00- The NBA announced that it would honor Joe Dumars, who led the Detroit Pistons to a pair of NBA championships, by naming the NBA Sportsmanship Award named for him. The Joe Dumars Trophy will be presented annually to the player who best represents the ideals of sportsmanship on the court, with the winner selected by writers and broadcasters who cover the NBA. Dumars was the winner of the inaugural NBA Sportsmanship Award in 1995-96, in recognition of his distinguished career.

'02- By registering 13 assists in a 95-92 loss to Houston, Utah’s John Stockton improved his career assist total of 15,000, and became the only player in NBA history to reach that plateau.
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