Locked in a tight scoring race with George Gervin, Denver Nuggets guard David Thompson took the floor for the final NBA game at Cobo Arena in downtown Detroit on April 9, 1978.

The Skywalker’s performance that afternoon remains one of the most memorable in league history.

Thompson made 20 of his first 21 shots and scored 53 points in the first half against the Pistons. Facing double- and triple-teams after halftime, Thompson finished with a franchise-record 73 points.

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