Sunday, April 20, 2008

Today's Date in NBA History

(Boulder-CO) Today's date is April 20th, and on this day:
'86- Chicago guard Michael Jordan scored an NBA Playoff record 63 points, but the Bulls dropped a 135-131 double-overtime decision to the Celtics at Boston Garden in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round. Jordan shot 22-of-41 from the field and 19-of-21 from the free throw line in his record performance, breaking Elgin Baylor’s previous mark of 61 points in a playoff game, set during the Lakers’ 126-121 road win at Boston in Game 5 of the 1962 NBA Finals. After the game, Boston’s Larry Bird shook his head and proclaimed “That was God disguised as Michael Jordan.”

'99- Washington’s Otis Thorpe became the 16th player in NBA history to compile 15,000 career points and 10,000 career rebounds during the Wizards’ 83-77 loss at Chicago.

'02- Sacramento's triumph over Utah in Game 1 of their first-round playoff matchup marked the first time the Kings franchise had won the opener of a playoff series since 1980-81, when the Kansas City Kings defeated Portland in Game 1 of a best-of-three first-round matchup.
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