Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Today's Date in NBA History

(Boulder-CO) Today's date is April 9th, and on this day:
'57- Bob Cousy of Boston dished off a then NBA Finals record 19 assists, in the Celtics’ 124-109 win over St. Louis in Game 5. Magic Johnson set the current NBA Finals record of 21 assists in Game 3 of the 1984 NBA Finals, during the Lakers’ 137-104 win over Boston.

'58- Bob Pettit of the St. Louis Hawks made 19 free throws in his team’s 102-100 Game 5 victory over Boston. Pettit set an NBA Finals record for most free throws made in one game.

'59- The Boston Celtics beat the Minneapolis Lakers 118-113 in Minneapolis in Game 4 of the 1959 NBA Finals to complete the first sweep in Finals history and capture their first of eight consecutive NBA Championships.

'78- Denver’s David Thompson made 13 field goals in the first quarter of a 139-137 loss at Detroit to set an NBA record. Thompson finished the game with 73 points, the most points ever scored in an NBA game by a guard. But that night, George Gervin of the San Antonio Spurs scored 63 points and edged Thompson 27.22 ppg to 27.15 ppg to win the NBA scoring title in the closest scoring race ever.

'78- John Havlicek played his final game at Boston Garden and was the leading scorer with 29 points as the Celtics defeated Buffalo, 131-114.

'82- Boston retired Jo Jo White’s uniform #10 in Boston Garden. White played all but 120 games of his 837-game NBA career with the Celtics.
'90- The Phoenix Suns sank an NBA record 61 free throws (out of 80 attempts) in beating the Utah Jazz 119-115 in overtime.

'98- Then Seattle head coach George Karl recorded the 500th victory of his NBA coaching career.

'02- In defeating the Washington Wizards 101-88, the New Jersey Nets won their first division title since joining the NBA in 1976 and set an NBA franchise mark with their 50th victory. The Nets won 58 games in 1974-75 as a member of the ABA.
Enjoy your day!
A recap of last night's big win over the Clippers will be up this afternoon.

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