Friday, April 18, 2008

Today's Date in NBA History

(Boulder-CO) Today's date is April 18th, and on this day:
'62- The Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers 110-107 in overtime in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, despite the 11th straight 30-plus point scoring performance by Lakers’ forward Elgin Baylor, an NBA Playoff record. Bill Russell of Boston tied his own NBA Finals record by grabbing 40 rebounds in the game.

'66- Bill Russell was named player-coach of the Boston Celtics upon Red Auerbach’s retirement. As coach of the Celtics, Russell won two NBA championships in three seasons.

'67- Rick Barry of San Francisco scored 55 points as the Warriors beat Philadelphia 130-124 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, a series Philadelphia eventually won in six games. Barry’s 55 points is tied for the second-highest point total in playoff history and his 22 field goals made tied Elgin Baylor’s NBA Finals record.

'82- Cleveland closed out its season with a 116-113 OT loss to visiting Detroit. It was the Cavaliers’ 19th consecutive loss to close out the season, an NBA record.

'91- Utah guard John Stockton, in a 130-103 Jazz win over Seattle at the Salt Palace, dished out 11 assists to finish the 1990-91 season with 1,164 assists, breaking his own NBA record for assists in a season set the previous year.

'94- Dominique Wilkins of the LA Clippers, who arrived from Atlanta via a trade on February 24, scored 37 points in the Clippers’ 134-131 loss to visiting Golden State, becoming the ninth player in NBA annals to score 24,000 career points.

'96- Orlando’s Dennis Scott set a NBA single-game record by connecting on 11 three-point attempts against Atlanta.

'01- A.C. Green of the Miami Heat played in his 1,192nd straight game, extending his all-time NBA record. The 37-year-old Green completed his 16th NBA season.
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