Friday, March 14, 2008

Today's Date in NBA History

(Boulder-CO) Today's date is March 14th, and on this day:
'54- Baltimore dropped a 65-54 decision at Milwaukee, giving the Bullets their 20th consecutive road loss for the season, and making them the only team in NBA history to go an entire season without winning a game on the road.

'60- Philadelphia rookie Wilt Chamberlain scored a then NBA Playoff record 53 points in the Warriors’ 132-112 win over Syracuse in the third and deciding game of the Eastern Division Semifinals.

'62- In Philadelphia’s 119-115 OT win at Chicago, Wilt Chamberlain completed his banner regular season of setting records that still stand by averaging 50.4 points and 48.5 minutes per game. He also set the single game scoring record when he scored 100 points on March 2 against New York.

'63- San Francisco guard Guy Rodgers handed out 28 assists in a 114-109 loss to St. Louis, matching what was at the time an NBA record. It is now tied for the third-highest total in NBA history.

'65- The Boston Celtics became the first NBA team to reach 61 wins in a season, following a 106-98 win over San Francisco, led by Bill Russell’s 40 rebounds and 20 points. Boston finished the 1964-65 season with 62 wins.

'86- Forward Rod Higgins became the first player in NBA history to play for four teams in the same season when he took the court for Chicago. He previously played for Seattle, San Antonio and New Jersey.

'91- John MacLeod, by virtue of New York’s 125-121 double-overtime win over Miami at Madison Square Garden, became the eighth coach in league history to reach the 700-win mark for his career.

'96- San Antonio’s Chuck Person connects on seven three-pointers in 12 attempts, becoming the fourth NBA player to hit 1,000 career three-pointers, as the Spurs defeat visiting Miami 120-100.

'98- Charles Barkley cracked the all-time Top 10 in FT's made when he made seven to pass Wilt Chamberlain (6,057) with 6,059 free throws made.
Enjoy your day! A special preview for tonight's match-up with the Raptors is on the way.

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