'72- It was Bill Russell Day at Boston Garden, and uniform #6 was retired in afternoon ceremonies.
'85- Larry Bird scored a Celtic record 60 points as Boston beat Atlanta 126-115 in New Orleans.
'92- Golden State Coach Don Nelson became the first man in NBA history to participate in 2,500 NBA games as a player and coach (regular season and Playoffs), as he led the Warriors against Detroit at the Oakland Coliseum Arena. The Pistons ended up ruining the occasion by posting a 119-112 win over the Warriors.
'92- Milwaukee’s Moses Malone scored 17 points in the Bucks’ 106-100 setback against visiting Phoenix, moving him into fourth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list at the time--behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Elvin Hayes--with 26,715 points.
'98- Hakeem Olajuwon joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history with at least 24,000 points, 12,000 rebounds and 2,500 assists.
'98- Basketball Hall of Famer and former NBA player Buddy Jeannette passed away after suffering a stroke at age 80.