Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Today's Date in NBA History

(Boulder-CO) Today's date is March 12th, and on this day:
'56- Dick Farley of Syracuse fouled out after playing just five minutes, the fastest disqualification in NBA history, in a game against St. Louis. Farley’s record stood for more than 41 years until Bubba Wells of the Dallas Mavericks fouled out in three minutes against the Chicago Bulls December 29, 1997.

'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.
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