Sunday, April 6, 2008

Today's (and Yesterday's) Date in NBA History

(Boulder-CO) I apologize for the absence of posts yesterday, but as many of you know I live way out in BFE and when the satellite Internet goes down it can take me a minute to work out the kinks. Anyhow, today's date is April 6th, and yesterday's was April 5th, and in the past to days of in NBA history:
April 5, 1967 Wilt Chamberlain, playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, grabbed an NBA Playoff record 41 rebounds in a 115-104 win over Boston.

April 5, 1981 The Philadelphia 76ers rejected an NBA Playoff record 20 shots in a 125-122 win over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Spectrum in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

April 5, 1984 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hit his trademark sky-hook in a game against Utah in Las Vegas to surpass Wilt Chamberlain’s career total of 31,419 points, becoming the NBA’s all-time leading scorer as the Lakers defeated the Jazz 129-115. Abdul-Jabbar would go on to score a record 38,387 points in his legendary career.

April 5, 1995 Charlotte limited Philadelphia to a franchise-low 66 points during the Hornets’ 84-66 win over the visiting Sixers. The teams also combined to score an NBA record-low 19 second-quarter points, with the Hornets accounting for 11 and the Sixers eight.

April 5, 2001 Wang Zhizhi of the Dallas Mavericks played in his first NBA game, a 108-94 win over Atlanta, becoming the first Chinese player to compete in the NBA. Wang had six points and three rebounds in eight minutes of play.

April 6, 1975 Washington’s Wes Unseld grabbed 30 rebounds in a 119-103 victory over New Orleans to win the NBA rebounding title, edging Dave Cowens 14.8 rpg to 14.7.

April 6, 1991 Isiah Thomas of Detroit scored 16 points in the Pistons’ 101-88 road loss at New York, surpassing the 15,000 point mark for his career.

April 6, 1995 Danny Ainge of Phoenix hit a pair of three-point field goals during the Suns’ 127-123 win at Washington, making him the third NBA player to reach 1,000 career three-pointers, joining Dale Ellis and Reggie Miller.

April 6, 1996 Charlotte’s Robert Parish became the NBA’s all-time leader in games played, surpassing the previous record of 1,560 set by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Parish went on to play a record 1,611 games in his career.

April 6, 2000 Utah’s Karl Malone reaches the 12,547-rebound mark against Phoenix, moving him into 14th place on the NBA career list ahead of Charles Barkley.
I hope you enjoy(ed) your day!

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