Monday, 24 Jun 2024

This Date in the NBA: December

The month of December holds many significant moments in NBA history. From record-breaking performances to memorable victories, let’s take a look at some notable events that have taken place on this date throughout the years.

Dec. 1, 1981

On this day, Los Angeles Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar surpassed Oscar Robertson to become the NBA’s second all-time leading scorer. Abdul-Jabbar finished the season with over 28,000 career points and eventually became the top scorer of all time with 38,387 points.

Dec. 1, 1984

Phoenix Suns Coach John MacLeod achieved a significant milestone by becoming the 10th coach in NBA history to compile 500 career wins. The Suns defeated the Golden State Warriors 115-103 in this memorable game.

Dec. 1, 1990

New Jersey Coach Bill Fitch registered his 785th career victory, solidifying his place as the fourth-winningest coach in NBA history at the time. The New Jersey Nets emerged victorious with a score of 111-92 over the Orlando Magic.

Dec. 1, 1991

Isiah Thomas became Detroit’s all-time leading scorer with 15,493 points after scoring a game-high 22 points in the Pistons’ 94-87 win over the Houston Rockets. Thomas surpassed previous leader Bob Lanier on Detroit’s all-time scoring chart.

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Dec. 1, 1996

Hersey Hawkins of the Seattle SuperSonics made basketball history by scoring the 7,000,000th point in NBA history. He achieved this milestone with a 12-foot jumper in the fourth quarter of the Sonics’ 96-90 loss to the Utah Jazz.

Dec. 2, 1954

Frank Selvy of the Milwaukee Hawks set two rookie records by attempting and making 24 of 26 free throws in a game against the Minneapolis Lakers at Fort Wayne.

Dec. 2, 1978

Golden State Warriors Coach Al Attles captured his 400th career victory, becoming only the 10th coach in NBA history at the time to achieve this feat. The Warriors beat the Phoenix Suns 116-108 in this game.

Dec. 2, 1986

The Washington Bullets ended the Boston Celtics’ 38-game homecourt winning streak with a 117-109 victory. Although the game was played at the Hartford Civic Center instead of the Boston Garden, it still counted as a home contest for the Celtics.

Dec. 2, 1996

Houston Rockets’ Clyde Drexler became the fifth player in NBA history to reach 2,000 career steals after picking up four steals against the Toronto Raptors. Drexler retired with 2,207 steals.

Dec. 2, 1997

The Washington Wizards opened the doors to the downtown MCI Center in a matchup against the Seattle SuperSonics, marking the beginning of a new era for the team.

Dec. 2, 1999

William “Pop” Gates, one of the greatest players of the 1930s and 1940s barnstorming era of basketball, passed away due to heart failure. Gates, who was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1989, earned acclaim as a

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