Monday, April 21, 2008

Today's Date in NBA History

(Boulder-CO) Today's date is April 21st, and on this day:
'70- Bob Cousy of Boston and Bob Pettit of St. Louis were inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

'91- The Denver Nuggets, following a 131-125 road loss at Houston, set an NBA record for points allowed per game, with an average of 130.8 ppg. That broke the previous mark of 126.0 ppg set by Denver in 1981-82.

'93- Milwaukee’s Moses Malone moved past Paul Silas into fifth place on the NBA’s all-time games played list, with 1,255, during the Bucks’ 119-111 loss to Charlotte.

'96- Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon rejected three shots in the Rockets’ season-ending 118-110 victory over Phoenix to reach 3,190 career blocks, giving him the all-time record and bettering Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s previous mark by one.

'96- The Bulls defeated the Bullets 103-93 to finish the season with a 72-10 record and 878 winning percentage, which eclipsed the NBA record set by 1972 Lakers, who went 69-13 for an .841 percentage. The victory over Washington earned Chicago their 33rd road victory, the most ever in a season by an NBA team.

'96- The NBA, boosted by the presence of Canadian expansion franchises in Toronto and Vancouver, sets an all-time attendance record for the 11th time in 13 seasons after drawing 20,513,218 fans to 1,189 games. The average attendance of 17,252 per game also sets a record, with Charlotte’s average of 24,042 fans per game leading the league.

'96- Cleveland, despite an 89-88 road loss at Indiana to close the season, set an NBA record for the fewest points allowed per game (88.5) since the NBA began utilizing the shot clock during the 1954-55 season.

'96- Chicago’s Michael Jordan sets an NBA record by winning his eighth NBA scoring title (breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s record of seven) after netting 2,491 points in 82 games for a 30.4 ppg average.

'96- Utah’s John Stockton makes NBA history by earning his ninth consecutive NBA assist title, handing out 916 in 82 games for an 11.2 apg average, breaking Bob Cousy’s previous record run of eight straight titles from 1953-60.

'96- Denver’s Dikembe Mutombo becomes the first player to lead the NBA in blocks for three straight seasons (blocks became an official statistic in 1973-74) after rejecting 332 shots in 74 games for a 4.49 bpg average.

'96- Orlando’s Dennis Scott sets an NBA single-season record for three-point field goals by connecting on 267 three-pointers.

'96- George McCloud of Dallas attempted an NBA record 678 shots from three-point range, making 257 of those shots. 257 made is the second most in NBA history, with Orlando’s Dennis Scott hitting 267 the same season.

'99- Former NBA players Artis Gilmore, Dan Roundfield and Randy Smith tour Italy from April 21-28 to meet with American military personnel stationed in the area. They made several stops within the country, where they also gave brief instructional clinics and a demonstration of basketball skills.

'99- Miami’s Dan Majerle became the 10th player in league history to record 1,100 career three-pointers.
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