Thursday, 23 May 2024

This Date in the NBA: May

The NBA has a rich history, with significant events taking place throughout the years. Let’s take a look at some key dates in NBA history during the month of May.

May 1st

  • In 1963, J. Walter Kennedy was named the NBA’s second President, succeeding Maurice Podoloff. The job title was later changed to Commissioner.

  • In 1970, the Los Angeles Lakers outscored the New York Knicks 22-16 in the highest scoring overtime in NBA Playoff history, defeating the Knicks 121-115 in Game 4 of the Finals.

  • In 1980, Dallas was granted an expansion franchise, and the Mavericks brought the total number of NBA teams to 23.

  • In 1988, Michael Jordan of Chicago became the first player to score 50 or more points in consecutive playoff games when he drilled Cleveland for 55 points in Chicago’s 106-101 victory in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first round series.

  • In 1999, NBA referee Tommy Nunez was presented with The Gold Whistle Award during halftime of a Phoenix Suns home game against the Vancouver Grizzlies.

  • In 2001, Harold “Happy” Hairston, a key member of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 1972 NBA championship team, died in Los Angeles at age 58.

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May 2nd

  • In 2017, Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics scored 53 points in a 129-119 playoff win over the Washington Wizards.