'77- After a 114-100 victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, Indiana’s Don Buse finished the season with 8.5 assists per game and 3.47 steals per game, leading the NBA in both categories. Buse thus duplicated his feat of the previous season when he led the ABA in both steals (346) and assists (689).
'89- FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, voted to drop restrictions on professional basketball players competing in international events such as the Olympics.
'89- Utah guard John Stockton won his second straight NBA assist title, picking up a total of 1,118 assists, becoming the first NBA player to record consecutive seasons of over 1,000 assists. Stockton stretched that 1,000 assist streak to a total of five seasons, 1988 through 1992.
'98- Karl Malone scored an NBA season-high 56 points in a 101-99 win at Golden State.
'99- Miami head coach Pat Riley notched the 936th coaching victory of his career in defeating Dallas, 93-87. The win moves him into fourth place on the all-time charts, passing Dick Motta who has 935 wins.
'01- The Houston Rockets defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 110-97, to become the first NBA team in 18 years to sweep an entire division. The Rockets won all 16 games against Central Division opponents, becoming the first team to sweep a division since the 1982-83 Los Angeles Lakers swept all 12 games against the Central Division.