This Date In The NBA: March
Key dates in NBA history:
March 1, 1978
John Drew of Atlanta committed 14 turnovers in a game at New Jersey, an NBA record. Jason Kidd of the Phoenix Suns tied the record by committing 14 turnovers against New York on November 17, 2000.
March 1, 1981
Calvin Murphy of the Houston Rockets missed a free throw in San Antonio, ending his NBA record consecutive free throw streak at 78. Murphy’s record was broken by Minnesota’s Micheal Williams, who put together a streak of 84 consecutive free throws through the end of the 1992-93 season. The streak eventually grew to 97, before Williams missed a FT attempt early in the 1993-94 season.
March 1, 1986
The New York Knicks retired Hall of Famer Earl “The Pearl” Monroe’s uniform No. 15. Monroe starred on the Knicks’ 1973 NBA championship team.
March 1, 1996
Atlanta’s Lenny Wilkens became the first coach in the NBA to reach 1,000 career victories when the Hawks downed the Cleveland Cavaliers 74-68.
March 1, 1998
Miami head coach Pat Riley became the fifth coach to record 900 career wins with a 85-84 win over New Jersey.
March 1, 1999
Philadelphia’s Larry Brown coached his 1,200th NBA game as the Sixers defeat the Washington Wizards 104-91. Brown becomes the 12th coach to coach 1,200 NBA games, joining Pat Riley, Don Nelson and Lenny Wilkens as the only active coaches with 1,200 games coached.
March 1, 2009
Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz dished 20 assists in a 112-104 win over the Golden State Warriors.
March 2, 1951
In the first NBA All-Star Game, held at Boston Garden, “Easy” Ed Macauley of the Celtics scored 20 points to lead the East to a 111-94 victory. Macauley was named the game’s MVP.
March 2, 1962
Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scored 100 points, the most ever by an NBA player in a single game, during his team’s 169-147 win over the New York Knicks in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Chamberlain shot 36-of-63 from the field and 28-of-32 from the free-throw line, to go with 25 rebounds. His 50.4 ppg scoring average in 80 games during the 1961-62 season remains an NBA record.
March 2, 1988
The flaming basketball is adopted as Miami’s official logo from over 1,000 entries. Mark Henderson submitted the winning entry.
March 2, 1993
Denver retired the No. 7 jersey of long-time Nugget Alex English, who spent 10 1/2 of his 15 years in the NBA in the Mile High City, scoring a career total of 25,613 points.
March 3, 1985
Kevin McHale of the Celtics connected on 22-of-28 field goal attempts and scored a team-record 56 points in a 138-129 victory over Detroit at Boston Garden. Nine days later against Atlanta, Larry Bird set a new Celtics single-game scoring record by hitting for 60 points.
March 3, 1986
Mark Aguirre of the Mavericks scored 42 points, giving him back-to-back games of 40-plus points, as he led Dallas to a 139-138 double-overtime win over Phoenix.
March 3, 1995
Phoenix forward A.C. Green moved past former NBA great Dolph Schayes and into third place on the all-time consecutive games played list, with 707, after playing 38 minutes and scoring 13 points in the Suns’ 122-118 overtime win over visiting Seattle.
March 3, 1999
Milwaukee’s Dell Curry reached 1,000 3-pointers made in a 106-78 win over the Golden State Warriors.
March 3, 2014
LeBron James of the Miami Heat scores 61 points in a 124-107 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. James made 22 of 33 shots from the field, including his first eight 3-point attempts. He had 24 points at halftime, then added 25 in the third quarter. The record-breaker came with 5:46 left, when James spun through three defenders for a layup that fell as he tumbled to the court.
March 3, 2020
San Antonio Spurs legend and Hall of Famer Tim Duncan makes his debut as an NBA coach, serving as the Spurs’ acting head coach in a 104-103 road win against the Charlotte Hornets. Duncan was filling in for coach Gregg Popovich, who missed the game due to personal reasons.
March 4, 1982
San Antonio’s George Gervin racked up 48 points, surpassing 19,000 career points, in a 110-101 loss to Boston.
March 4, 1996
Utah’s John Stockton hands out 11 assists during the Jazz’ 110-87 victory over Phoenix, becoming the first NBA player to collect 11,000 career assists.
March 4, 1998
Arbitrator John Feerick upheld the NBA’s suspension of Latrell Sprewell for the 1997-98 season, resulting in a monetary penalty of $6.4 million, finding that the NBA’s investigation was “done in good faith and was fair and adequate.” Feerick also found “that the NBA complied with the standards of industrial due process.” He reduced the NBA’s suspension to the extent it had included approximately one month of the 1998-99 season. However, the arbitrator reinstated Sprewell’s contract with Golden State for the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons, finding that the combination of a one-season suspension and a contract termination would not be appropriate under all of the circumstances.
March 4, 2012
Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets scores 57 points in a 104-101 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.
Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics dished 20 assists in a 115-111 win over the New York Knicks.
March 4, 2016
Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers scores 50 points in a 117-115 loss to the Toronto Raptors.
March 5, 1983
Golden State’s Joe Barry Carroll scored 52 points in a 127-121 Warriors victory over the Utah Jazz.
March 5, 1996
Dallas sets a then NBA record for 3-point field goal attempts (49) in a game during a 127-117 win over visiting New Jersey. George McCloud makes seven threes in an NBA record-tying 20 attempts. Michael Adams of Denver also attempted 20 3-point field goals against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 12, 1991. The mark was surpassed by the Rockets on Jan. 16, 2019 as Houston attempted 70 3-pointers.
March 6, 1982
The Spurs defeated Milwaukee 171-166 in triple-overtime in San Antonio in what was then the highest scoring game in NBA history. The mark of 337 points was erased when Detroit beat Denver 186-184, also in triple-overtime, on December 13, 1983 for a total of 370 points.
March 6, 2000
Shaquille O’Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers scored an NBA season-high 61 points to go with 23 rebounds in the Lakers’ 123-103 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers.
March 6, 2001
The Portland Trail Blazers retired the No. 22 jersey worn by versatile guard Clyde Drexler, who played for the team for more than 11 seasons from 1983 to 1995.
March 6, 2019
With a driving layup in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers surpassed Michael Jordan’s 32,292 career points. In doing so, James became the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history. Despite his efforts, though, the Lakers lost the game, 115-99.
March 7, 1974
The New Orleans Jazz (who later moved to Utah) became the NBA’s 18th franchise.
March 7, 1995
Dominique Wilkins of Boston scored 19 points in the Celtics’ 115-110 loss at New York, moving him past 25,000 career points, the ninth NBA player to reach that plateau.
March 7, 1996
With seven assists against Sacramento in the visiting Lakers’ 102-89 victory, Magic Johnson becomes the second NBA player to register 10,000 career assists.
March 7, 2001
The Phoenix Suns retired the No. 7 jersey worn by Kevin Johnson, the immensely popular point guard who played for the team for 12 seasons and retired sixth on the NBA’s all-time assists list.
March 7, 2017
Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder scores 58 points in a 126-121 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
March 7, 2017
The Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki becomes the sixth member of the 30,000 all-time points club in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
March 8, 1971
The Milwaukee Bucks defeated Seattle 104-99 to run their winning streak to 20 straight games, the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, behind the 33 consecutive games won by the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1971-72 season. Milwaukee finished the 1970-71 season with a 66-16 record and went on to capture the NBA championship.
March 8, 1994
Chicago’s Scottie Pippen and Pete Myers became the first set of teammates in NBA history to convert four-point plays (3-point field goal and free throw) in the same game, with both turning the trick in the fourth quarter of the Bulls’ 116-95 win over visiting Atlanta.
March 8, 1996
Utah coach Jerry Sloan won his 500th career NBA game after the Jazz defeated visiting Houston 109-89.
March 8, 2006
In the first major professional sporting event in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city more than six months earlier, the Lakers defeat the Hornets, 113-107. A sellout crowd of 17,744 shows up at New Orleans Arena, which encountered flooding problems following one of the worst hurricanes in American history on August 29, 2005.
March 8, 2008
Atlanta defeats the Miami Heat in the first NBA “do-over” game in a quarter-century. On December 19, 2007 Atlanta’s scorer mistakenly fouled out Miami’s Shaquille O’Neal with 51.9 seconds left in overtime and the Hawks up, 114-111. Miami appealed and the league ordered the end of the game to be replayed. The game ends in anti-climactic fashion, as neither team scores. Despite having only five fouls, Shaq does not play in the redo, having been traded in the interim to the Phoenix Suns.
March 9, 1958
George Yardley of the Detroit Pistons became the first NBA player to score 2,000 points in a single season.
March 9, 1960
The Boston Celtics defeated the New York Knicks 148-128 at Boston Garden, giving the Celtics their 59th win of the season, topping the previous NBA high for wins in a season by seven. The Celtics also set NBA records during that 1959-60 season for the most field goals made per game (49.9) and field goal attempted per game (119.6) and the most rebounds per game (71.5). All three records still stand more than 40 years later.
March 9, 1979
Detroit’s Kevin Porter handed out a franchise-record 25 assists as the Pistons defeated Boston 160-117 at the Pontiac Silverdome. Porter finished the 1978-79 season with 1,099 (13.4 apg) assists, becoming the first player in NBA history to garner over 1,000 assists in a season.
March 9, 1985
Fat Lever of the Denver Nuggets set an NBA record for steals in one quarter when he notched eight against the Indiana Pacers.
March 9, 1988
Los Angeles Lakers coach Pat Riley recorded his 400th career victory in a 104-99 win over the Knicks in New York, reaching the 400 victory plateau faster (540 games) than any other coach in NBA history.
March 9, 1997
Utah’s Karl Malone became the fifth player in NBA history with 25,000 points and 10,000 rebounds during a 115-106 vicotry at Minnesota.
March 9, 1999
Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon blocks career shot No. 3,500 in game against Denver. He finishes the game with 3,503 career blocks and is the NBA’s all-time leader in blocked shots, an official statistic beginning with the 1973-74 season.
March 9, 2000
Wilt Chamberlain, who played one season with the Harlem Globetrotters before moving to the NBA, has his No. 13 retired by the Globetrotters when they play at Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, Chamberlain’s alma mater. Chamberlain, who is the first Globetrotter to have his number retired, is one of five people with Globetrotters ties to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The four others are William “Pop” Gates, Connie Hawkins, Marques Haynes, and founder Abe Saperstein.
March 9, 2011
With 16 points and 21 rebounds in a 101-75 win over the Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Kevin Love records his 52nd straight double-double, breaking Moses Malone’s record for the most consecutive double-doubles since the NBA-ABA merger.
March 9, 2016
Four-time NBA All-Star Clyde Lovellette dies at the age of 86.
March 10, 1961
Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors became the first NBA player to score 3,000 points in a season.
March 10, 1963
Wilt Chamberlain, playing for the San Francisco Warriors, scored 70 points in a 163-148 loss to Syracuse, one of six 70-plus point games in his career.
March 10, 1985
Dallas coach Dick Motta became the fourth NBA coach to record his 700th career victory as the Mavericks beat New Jersey 126-113.
March 10, 1987
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the NBA’s all-time leader in personal fouls committed when he charged into Denver’s Danny Schayes with 4:23 left in the first quarter of the Lakers’ 143-107 victory over the Nuggets. Referee Bruce Alexander blew the whistle on the 4,194th foul of Abdul-Jabbar’s career, which moved Abdul-Jabbar past previous leader Elvin Hayes (4,193).
March 10, 1987
Ron Harper of Cleveland sets a franchise record and NBA rookie record for steals in a game with 10 during the Cavaliers’ 100-91 loss to Philadelphia at Richfield Coliseum.
March 10, 1998
Houston forwards Charles Barkley and Kevin Willis both played in the 1,000th game of their NBA careers.
March 10, 1999
The Los Angeles Clippers lost their 17th straight game to begin the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season, tying the NBA record for losses at the start of a season set by the Miami Heat in the 1988-89 season.
March 10, 1999
USA Basketball announced the first nine players of the 1999 USA Men’s Senior National Team. Selected are Vin Baker (Seattle SuperSonics); Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs); Kevin Garnett (Minnesota Timberwolves); Tom Gugliotta (Phoenix Suns); Tim Hardaway (Miami Heat); Allan Houston (New York Knicks); Jason Kidd (Phoenix Suns); Gary Payton (Seattle SuperSonics) and Steve Smith (Atlanta Hawks). Duncan and Gugliotta later are forced to withdraw from the team due to injuries.
March 10, 2000
The Detroit Pistons hold a ceremony to retire the jersey of Joe Dumars when they host Vancouver at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Dumars, who won two NBA championships with the Pistons, becomes the seventh member of the club to have his number raised. Dumars joins Dave Bing (No. 21), Bob Lanier (No. 16), Vinnie Johnson (No. 15), Bill Laimbeer (No. 40), Isiah Thomas (No. 11) and coach Chuck Daly (No. 2).
March 10, 2000
The NBA announced that it would honor Joe Dumars, who led the Detroit Pistons to a pair of NBA championships, by naming the NBA Sportsmanship Award named for him. The Joe Dumars Trophy will be presented annually to the player who best represents the ideals of sportsmanship on the court, with the winner selected by writers and broadcasters who cover the NBA. Dumars was the winner of the inaugural NBA Sportsmanship Award in 1995-96, in recognition of his distinguished career.
March 10, 2002
By registering 13 assists in a 95-92 loss to Houston, Utah’s John Stockton improved his career assist total of 15,000, and became the only player in NBA history to reach that plateau.
March 10, 2004
Tracy McGrady scores an Orlando Magic franchise-record 62 points in a 108-99 victory over the Washington Wizards.
March 10, 2004
Richard Hamilton wears his trademark mask for the first time.
March 11, 1965
Boston’s Bill Russell grabbed 49 rebounds, the third-highest total in NBA history, in a 112-100 win over Detroit at Providence.
March 11, 2000
Rolando Blackman, then a holder of 24 Dallas Mavericks records, was honored by the team when it retired his No. 22 jersey during halftime of Dallas’ game against Phoenix at Reunion Arena. Blackman joined Brad Davis (No. 15) as the only Mavericks to be so honored.
March 12, 1956
Dick Farley of Syracuse fouled out after playing just five minutes, the fastest disqualification in NBA history, in a game against St. Louis. Farley’s record stood for more than 41 years until Bubba Wells of the Dallas Mavericks fouled out in three minutes against the Chicago Bulls December 29, 1997.
March 12, 1972
It was Bill Russell Day at Boston Garden, and uniform No. 6 was retired in afternoon ceremonies.
March 12, 1985
Larry Bird scored a Celtics-record 60 points as Boston beat Atlanta 126-115 in New Orleans.
March 12, 1992
Golden State coach Don Nelson became the first man in NBA history to participate in 2,500 NBA games as a player and coach (regular season and Playoffs), as he led the Warriors against Detroit at the Oakland Coliseum Arena. The Pistons ended up ruining the occasion by posting a 119-112 win over the Warriors.
March 12, 1992
Milwaukee’s Moses Malone scored 17 points in the Bucks’ 106-100 setback against visiting Phoenix, moving him into fourth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list at the time — behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Elvin Hayes — with 26,715 points.
March 12, 1998
Hakeem Olajuwon joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history with at least 24,000 points, 12,000 rebounds and 2,500 assists.
March 12, 1998
Basketball Hall of Famer and former NBA player Buddy Jeannette passed away after suffering a stroke at age 80.
March 12, 2015
Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers score 57 points in a 128-125 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
March 12, 2020
The 2019-20 season is suspended by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. The NBA used this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. That same day, the NBA G League suspends its 2019-20 season as well.
March 13, 1962
The Boston Celtics beat the Syracuse Nationals 142-110, becoming the first team to win 60 games (60-20) in an NBA season.
March 13, 1983
Randy Smith’s consecutive game played streak ended at 906 games, then the longest in NBA history. During that time Smith played for Buffalo, San Diego (twice), Cleveland and New York. A.C. Green of the Dallas Mavericks broke Smith’s record on November 20, 1997.
March 13, 1990
Denver coach Doug Moe earned his 600th career victory in the Nuggets’ 117-114 win over the Houston Rockets.
March 13, 1992
Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn called his 2,500th consecutive Lakers game at the Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland, a streak dating back to November of 1965.
March 13, 1998
Utah’s John Stockton scored the 15,000th point of his career in a 110-101 win over Vancouver.
March 13, 1999
Charles Barkley of the Houston Rockets became the third player in NBA history to amass 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists when he recorded his first assist in a 100-89 victory over Cleveland. He joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain in this elite group.
March 13, 1999
Dallas’ A.C. Green plays in his 1,000th consecutive game in a 91-74 win over the Vancouver Grizzlies.
March 13, 2009
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers scores 51 points in a 126-123 win over the Sacramento Kings.
March 14, 1954
Baltimore dropped a 65-54 decision at Milwaukee, giving the Bullets their 20th consecutive road loss for the season, and making them the only team in NBA history to go an entire season without winning a game on the road.
March 14, 1960
Philadelphia rookie Wilt Chamberlain scored a then-NBA playoff record 53 points in the Warriors’ 132-112 win over Syracuse in the third and deciding game of the Eastern Division Semifinals.
March 14, 1962
In Philadelphia’s 119-115 OT win at Chicago, Wilt Chamberlain completed his banner regular season of setting records that still stand by averaging 50.4 points and 48.5 minutes per game. He also set the single game scoring record when he scored 100 points on March 2 against New York.
March 14, 1963
San Francisco guard Guy Rodgers handed out 28 assists in a 114-109 loss to St. Louis, matching what was at the time an NBA record.
March 14, 1965
The Boston Celtics became the first NBA team to reach 61 wins in a season, following a 106-98 win over San Francisco, led by Bill Russell’s 40 rebounds and 20 points. Boston finished the 1964-65 season with 62 wins.
March 14, 1986
Forward Rod Higgins became the first player in NBA history to play for four teams in the same season when he took the court for Chicago. He previously played for Seattle, San Antonio and New Jersey.
March 14, 1991
John MacLeod, by virtue of New York’s 125-121 double-overtime win over Miami at Madison Square Garden, became the eighth coach in league history to reach the 700-win mark for his career.
March 14, 1996
San Antonio’s Chuck Person connects on seven 3-pointers in 12 attempts, becoming the fourth NBA player to hit 1,000 career 3-pointers, as the Spurs defeat visiting Miami 120-100.
March 14, 1998
Charles Barkley cracked the all-time Top 10 in FT’s made when he made seven to pass Wilt Chamberlain (6,057) with 6,059 free throws made.
March 15, 1991
Moses Malone of Atlanta picked up his 15,000th career rebound in the NBA during the Hawks’ 127-117 win over Dallas at Reunion Arena.
March 15, 1992
Cleveland coach Lenny Wilkens became only the fifth coach in NBA history (joining Red Auerbach, Jack Ramsay, Dick Motta and Bill Fitch) to record 800 career victories after the Cavs defeated Denver 100-91 at Richfield Coliseum.
March 15, 2002
Miami Heat broadcaster Eric Reid reaches a career milestone as he broadcasts his 1,000th regular season game as Miami faces the New Jersey Nets in New Jersey.
March 15, 2011
JaVale McGee of the Washington Wizards blocks 12 shots in a 98-79 loss to the Chicago Bulls.
March 16, 1988
Utah center Mark Eaton blocked six shots, including the 2,000th of his career, in the Jazz’s 120-105 victory over the Mavericks.
March 16, 1991
New Jersey coach Bill Fitch earned his 800th career victory, as the Nets beat Washington 110-86 at the Meadowlands. Fitch became only the fourth coach (along with Red Auerbach, Jack Ramsay and Dick Motta) in NBA history at the time to win that many games.
March 16, 2000
The Los Angeles Lakers’ 19-game winning streak ends with a 109-102 loss to Washington. The streak ranked third at the time in NBA history.
March 16, 2007
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers scores 65 points in a 116-111 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
March 16, 2008
Denver blows out Seattle, 168-113, putting up the most point by an NBA team in almost 20 years. Eight Nuggets scored in double figures.
March 17, 1963
During a tearful farewell at Boston Garden on Bob Cousy Day, as the retiring 34-year-old Celtics star tried to compose himself, a throaty fan in the upper balcony relieved an awkward silence by hollering the instantly famous, “We love ya, Cooz!”.
March 17, 1974
The Celtics downed the Capital Bullets 129-103 at Boston Garden, collecting an NBA record 61 defensive rebounds during the contest.
March 17, 1984
Houston retired the No. 23 jersey worn by Calvin Murphy, only the second Rocket player (after Rudy Tomjanovich) to be so honored.
March 17, 1985
Dan Issel of Denver scored 27 points in a 124-119 loss to San Antonio to move past Elvin Hayes into fourth place at the time on pro basketball’s all-time scoring list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Julius Erving.
March 17, 1991
New York forward Kiki Vandeweghe scored 17 points in the Knicks’ 102-101 loss to Milwaukee at the Bradley Center, moving him past the 15,000-point mark for his career.
March 17, 1999
Atlanta head coach Lenny Wilkens coaches in his 2,051st NBA game to surpass Bill Fitch’s 2,050 games coached to become the NBA’s all-time leader in games coached.
March 17, 2010
Hall-of-Famer Michael Jordan is approved as majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets).
March 17, 2015
Reggie Jackson of the Detroit Pistons dishes 20 assists in a 105-95 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
March 17, 2017
John Wall of the Washington Wizards dishes 20 assists in a 112-107 win over the Chicago Bulls.
March 17, 2018
Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul steals the ball of the New Orleans Pelicans’ Nikola Mirotic, giving him 2,000 steals in his career. In accomplishing this feat, he joined Hall of Famers Gary Payton, John Stockton and Jason Kidd as the only players with 8,000 assists and 2,000 steals in their career.
March 18, 1988
The Golden State Warriors retired Rick Barry’s uniform No. 24, joining the numbers of only three other former Warriors: Al Attles, Tom Meschery, and Nate Thurmond.
March 18, 1991
The Philadelphia 76ers retired Wilt Chamberlain’s No. 13 jersey, only the fifth jersey ever retired by the Sixers, along with those of Billy Cunningham, Hal Greer, Bobby Jones and Julius Erving. Chamberlain ultimately had his jersey retired by the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors, becoming the first NBA player to have his number retired by three teams.
March 18, 1996
Chicago’s Michael Jordan scores 38 points and becomes the 10th NBA player to reach 24,000 career points, as the visiting Bulls defeat Philadelphia 98-94.
March 18, 1998
Clyde Drexler announced that he will retire following the conclusion of the 1997-98 season after agreeing to become the men’s head basketball coach at the University of Houston.
March 18, 2001
Reggie Miller of the Indiana Pacers became the first NBA player to convert 2,000 3-point field goals when he sank a trey in the third quarter of Indiana’s 101-95 victory over the Sacramento Kings. The 3-point field goal was introduced into the NBA for the 1979-80 season.
March 18, 2001
Jerry Sloan of the Utah Jazz coached his 1,000th game as head coach of the Jazz, becoming only the sixth coach in NBA history to coach 1,000 games with the same team. Sloan joined Hall of Famers Red Auerbach and Red Holzman as well as Gene Shue, John MacLeod and Al Attles.
March 18, 2019
Dirk Nowitzki sinks one of his trademark fadeaway jumpers in the first quarter, allowing him to pass Wilt Chamberlain for sixth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. At the time, Nowitzki’s 31,424 career points trailed only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Michael Jordan.
March 19, 1950
The Rochester Royals closed out the 1949-50 season with their 15th consecutive win, 97-66 over the Baltimore Bullets, setting an NBA record for the most consecutive games won at the end of a season. The record lasted nearly 70 years until the Philadelphia 76ers broke the mark with 16 straight wins (March 15 to April 11, 2018) to end the 2017-18 season.
March 19, 1956
The Minneapolis Lakers beat the St. Louis Hawks 133-75 in Game 2 of the Western Division Finals, the largest margin of victory (58 points) in NBA Playoff history.
March 19, 1967
Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia 76ers made all 16 of his field goal attempts against Baltimore. It followed by less than one month Chamberlain’s NBA record 18-for-18 performance against Baltimore on February 24.
March 19, 1967
The Chicago Bulls defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 122-109 for their 33rd win of the season, the most ever by an NBA expansion team. Chicago coach Johnny “Red” Kerr was later named NBA Coach of the Year in recognition of the Bulls’ achievement.
March 19, 1969
NBA Commissioner Walter Kennedy flipped a coin, Phoenix called ‘heads’ and it turned up ‘tails’. Thus, Milwaukee chose first in the NBA Draft, selecting Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) while Phoenix picked Neal Walk.
March 19, 1972
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated Golden State in what was then the most lopsided victory in NBA history, 162-99, at the Forum. That 63-point margin lasted as a record for nearly 19 years, until Cleveland beat Miami by 68 points, 148-80, on December 17, 1991.
March 19, 1991
New York guard Maurice Cheeks handed out six assists in the Knicks’ 97-79 win over Charlotte to become only the fifth guard in NBA history to reach the 7,000 assist mark for his career, joining Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson, Lenny Wilkens and Isiah Thomas.
March 19, 1994
Dale Ellis of San Antonio connected on a pair of 3-point field goals during the Spurs’ 107-100 win over visiting Sacramento, becoming the first player in NBA history to reach 1,000 career 3-pointers made.
March 19, 1995
Michael Jordan came out of his 17-month retirement and played in his first NBA game for Chicago since Game 6 of the 1993 Finals against Phoenix. In front of a charged up crowd at Indiana’s Market Square Arena, Jordan scored 19 points in 43 minutes but the host Pacers downed the Bulls in overtime 103-96. The game was televised on NBC and drew a 10.9 national rating and an estimated 35 million viewers, making it the most watched regular season game in NBA history.
March 19, 1996
Orlando’s Dennis Scott set a then-single-season record for 3-pointers made when he sank his 218th, breaking John Starks’ record. He finished the season hitting 267 3-point field goals.
March 19, 1997
Utah’s John Stockton has one steal in the Jazz’ 113-100 win over the Celtics, becoming the first player in NBA history to record 2,500 career steals.
March 19, 1998
Indiana’s Mark Jackson moved past Maurice Cheeks (7,392) for fifth place on the all-time assist list in a 95-91 win at Washington.
March 19, 2002
Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz became the third player in NBA history to log 50,000 career minutes, passing Elvin Hayes (50,000), and behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (57,446).
March 19, 2015
James Harden of the Houston Rockets scores 50 points in a 118-108 win over the Denver Nuggets.
March 20, 1968
Dave Bing of the Detroit Pistons finished the season with a league leading 27.1 ppg average, becoming the first guard in 20 years to lead the NBA in scoring.
March 20, 1968
Wilt Chamberlain of Philadelphia became the first center in NBA history to lead the league in assists with a total of 702 for an average of 8.6 apg. Chamberlain called leading the league in assists one of the top achievements of his career.
March 20, 1976
John Havlicek of the Boston Celtics became the first NBA player to score more than 1,000 points per season for 14 consecutive years.
March 20, 1984
Indiana’s Butch Carter set an NBA record by scoring 14 points in an overtime period as the Pacers beat Boston 123-121.
March 20, 1990
The Los Angeles Lakers retired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s No. 33 in honor of the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.
March 20, 1997
The Denver Nuggets (16) and Seattle SuperSonics (13) combine to make 29 3-point field goals, a record for two teams in one game. Seattle posted a 123-97 victory.
March 20, 1998
Karl Malone moved past Elvin Hayes (27,313) for fifth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
March 21, 1953
Bob Cousy scored 50 points (25 of which were in overtime play) as the Celtics outlasted Syracuse 111-105 in four overtimes to eliminate the Nationals in the Eastern Division Semifinals. Cousy’s 30 free throws made was an NBA playoff record.
March 21, 1999
Utah’s Karl Malone reaches 40,771 career minutes played and passes Bill Russell (40,726) for ninth place on the NBA’s all-time charts.
March 21, 2014
Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder scores 51 points in a 119-118 win over the Toronto Raptors.
March 22, 1960
The Philadelphia Warriors defeated the Celtics in Boston 128-107 in Game 5 of the Eastern Division Finals, a game which featured an NBA Playoff record 169 rebounds by both teams.
March 22, 1991
Phoenix guard Kevin Johnson was honored by President George Bush as the 411th “Daily Point of Light” in recognition of Johnson’s work in helping the youth of his hometown of Sacramento, CA.
March 22, 1994
Philadelphia’s Moses Malone moved past Elvin Hayes into third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 27,314 points, after hitting a third-quarter foul shot in the 76ers’ 125-91 loss at Charlotte.
March 22, 1995
During Atlanta’s 98-84 home loss to Miami, Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens participated in his 2,737th career NBA game as a player or coach (both regular season and playoff games), passing Don Nelson as the all-time leader in game appearances. Wilkens concluded the 1994-95 season with 2,756 career NBA games as a player or coach.
March 22, 2000
The Phoenix Suns’ Jason Kidd is lost for the remainder of the regular season after breaking his ankle in a 114-93 triumph over Sacramento at America West Arena. The following day the Suns announced that Kevin Johnson was coming out of retirement to help his former team in its time of need. Johnson, 34, whose career average of 9.2 apg ranks fourth in NBA history, had not played since the 1997-98 season.
March 22, 2019
Rockets star James Harden scores 61 points to help Houston rally from a 19-point deficit in a 111-105 win against the San Antonio Spurs. Harden scored 27 points in the first quarter, passed the 30-point mark in the second quarter, the 40-point mark with 9 minutes left in the third en route to his monster game. His 61-point game was his second of 2018-19 and he joined Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players with multiple 60-point games in a season.
March 23, 1955
Moses Malone is born in Petersburg, Virginia.
March 23, 1979
The Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Nets replayed the final 17:50 of their contest that was originally played on November 8, 1978. Harvey Catchings and Ralph Simpson played for the 76ers and Eric Money and Al Skinner played for the Nets when the game began, but were traded to the opposing teams by the time the game was resumed. It’s the only time in the history of professional sports that any player played for both teams in the same game.
March 23, 1992
Atlanta rookie Stacey Augmon scored 32 points to lead the Hawks to a 126-125 overtime win over Golden State at the Omni, and his layup at 7:41 of the second quarter accounted for the 6,000,000th point in NBA history.
March 23, 1994
Isiah Thomas of Detroit became the fourth guard in NBA history to collect 9,000 career assists, after dishing off for six during the Pistons’ 111-107 home win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
March 23, 1999
Dick Enroth, the voice of the Minneapolis Lakers, died of cancer at the age of 80. Dubbed the “fastest-talking sportscaster in the Twin Cities,” Enroth captured the success of George Mikan’s Lakers who won NBA championships in 1950, 1952, 1953 and 1954.
March 23, 1999
The Miami Heat, in an 84-81 loss at the Utah Jazz, connect on at least one 3-pointer for the 400th consecutive game.
March 23, 2001
The Toronto Raptors recorded an NBA-record 23 blocked shots in a 112-86 win over the Atlanta Hawks, surpassing the 22 blocks achieved by New Jersey against Denver on December 12, 1991. Raptors’ forward Keon Clark had a team-high 12 blocked shots.
March 23, 2012
Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves scores 51 points in a 149-140 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
March 23, 2020
The International Olympic Committee postpones the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo for a year.
March 24, 1969
Baltimore’s Wes Unseld became only the second rookie ever — Wilt Chamberlain was the other in 1960 — to be named the season’s MVP. Unseld, also named NBA Rookie of the Year, led the Bullets into the playoffs, averaging 13.8 ppg and 18.2 rpg.
March 24, 1969
Elvin Hayes of San Diego became the first rookie since Wilt Chamberlain in 1959-60 to lead the league in scoring, with 2,327 points for a 28.4 average.
March 24, 1970
Jerry West of the Los Angeles Lakers won his first and only scoring title, accumulating 2,309 points in 74 games for a 31.2 ppg average.
March 24, 1973
Kansas City-Omaha’s Nate “Tiny” Archibald became the only player in NBA history to lead the league in scoring (34.0 ppg) and assists (11.4 apg) in the same season.
March 24, 1979
Lloyd Neal’s No. 36 becomes the first uniform retired by the Portland Trail Blazers.
March 24, 1981
New York Knicks great Dave DeBusschere’s No. 22 was retired in ceremonies at Madison Square Garden.
March 24, 1996
Toronto’s Damon Stoudamire sets a then NBA rookie record for 3-pointers made in a season with 126 (breaking Dennis Scott’s record of 125), after sinking six shots from behind the arc against Chicago during the Raptors’ 109-108 victory in front of 36,131 fans at SkyDome. Stoudamire finished the season with 133.
March 24, 1999
The Seattle SuperSonics retired the No. 10 jersey of Nate McMillan in ceremonies at KeyArena.
March 24, 2001
Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz swished a free throw with 10:48 remaining in the third quarter of Utah’s 119-93 win over the Washington Wizards at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City. The free throw enabled Karl Malone to pass Moses Malone and become the NBA’s all-time leader in free throws made with 8,532.
March 24, 2002
The 2002 NBA D-League Playoffs began when the North Charleston Lowgators hosted the Mobile Revelers at the North Charleston Coliseum. Mobile won the first D-League Playoff game 78-75.
March 24, 2017
Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns scores 70 points in a 130-120 loss to the Boston Celtics. He shot 21-for-40 overall and was 24-for-26 on free throws and he scored 51 points in the second half as Phoenix tried to rally from a 26-point hole.
March 25, 1973
The Philadelphia 76ers posted the worst mark in NBA history at 9-73 with Roy Rubin (4-47) and Kevin Loughery (5-26) splitting the coaching chores.
March 25, 1975
Golden State collected a then NBA record 25 steals in a 139-122 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at the Oakland Coliseum. The Warriors would tie their own record in a game against San Antonio February 15, 1989. Both Warriors teams were supplanted in the record book when Seattle garnered 27 steals against Toronto on January 15, 1997.
March 25, 1978
After defeating Buffalo 112-106 at home, the Phoenix Suns set an NBA record for steals in a season with 1,059.
March 25, 2012
The Atlanta Hawks defeat the Utah Jazz 139-133 in the first quadruple-overtime game in the NBA since the Phoenix Suns 140-139 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in 1997.
March 26, 1972
The Los Angeles Lakers beat Seattle 124-98 to finish the season at 69-13 (.841), at the time the best record in NBA history. More than 24 years later, the Chicago Bulls posted a 72-10 season (.878) in the 1995-96 season to break the record. That mark was then supplanted by the Golden State Warriors in 2015-16 when they went 73-9 (.890).
March 26, 1974
Rick Barry of the Golden State Warriors scored 64 points in a 143-120 victory over Portland at home. At the time only Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor had ever scored more points in an NBA game.
March 26, 1993
A group of 22 investors purchased the San Antonio Spurs from Red McCombs for $75 million.
March 26, 1994
After notching a pair of steals during Utah’s 98-83 setback at Houston, John Stockton became just the second player in NBA history (along with Maurice Cheeks) to collect 2,000 career steals.
March 26, 1996
Phoenix’s A.C. Green plays in his 800th consecutive NBA game — the third-longest streak in NBA history — scoring seven points and grabbing nine rebounds during the Suns’ 102-98 win over visiting Sacramento.
March 26, 1996
Seattle’s Gary Payton become the ninth player in NBA history to record 2,000 career steals. Payton reached the mark in a triumph over the Jazz.
March 27, 1994
Magic Johnson returned to the Los Angeles Lakers as head coach and led them to a 110-101 victory over Milwaukee. Johnson coached the Lakers for the last 16 games of the 1993-94 season, posting a 5-11 record.
March 27, 1994
Moses Malone of Philadelphia moved past Elvin Hayes into third place on the NBA’s all-time games played list, with 1,304, during the 76ers’ 124-122 OT loss against Boston at Hartford.
March 27, 1998
An NBA record 62,046 fans witnessed Chicago’s 89-74 win over Atlanta in the Georgia Dome.
March 27, 1998
Karl Malone tied Moses Malone (27,409) for fourth place on the all-time scoring list.
March 27, 1998
Orlando’s Chuck Daly recorded his 600th career NBA victory with a 100-75 win over Houston.
March 27, 1999
Utah’s Karl Malone and John Stockton are both held under 10 points in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers. This marks the first time since November 21, 1987 that both Malone and Stockton did not reach double figures in scoring in the same game.
March 27, 2001
Alonzo Mourning of the Miami Heat returned to action after missing the first 69 games of the season after being diagnosed with the kidney ailment focal glomerulosclerosis. Mourning recorded nine points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes of playing time.
March 27, 2015
Two-time NBA All-Star Hot Rod Hundley dies at 80.
March 28, 1944
Rick Barry was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
March 28, 1973
Wilt Chamberlain’s then NBA record streak of 1,045 games without disqualification ended with his retirement. In a career spanning 14 seasons, Chamberlain did not foul out of a single game. Moses Malone, who fouled out of only five games in his NBA career, later had a string of 1,212 games without fouling out.
March 28, 1982
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the 15th man in NBA history to play in 1,000 regular season games, as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the host Kansas City Kings 109-96.
March 28, 1987
Dallas coach Dick Motta became the third coach in NBA history to reach 800 victories as his Mavericks defeated the Washington Bullets 114-107 at Capital Centre.
March 28, 1990
Chicago’s Michael Jordan scored a regular season career-high 69 points, during the Bulls’ 117-113 road win at Cleveland.
March 28, 1995
Boston’s Dominique Wilkins scored 19 points in a 126-115 win at Miami, moving past Jerry West and into eighth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 25,207 points.
March 28, 2006
The Milwaukee Bucks set a then NBA single-game record for most 3-pointers in one quarter. They hit 11 in the third quarter against the Phoenix Suns.
March 28, 2018
Against the Charlotte Hornets, LeBron James scores in double-figures for the 866th straight game. In doing so, he ties Michael Jordan for the longest such streak in NBA history.
March 28, 2018
On a layup with 20 seconds left in the game, Charlotte’s Kemba Walker scores to pass Dell Curry as the franchise’s all-time leading scorer. Curry had scored 9,839 points in his career, which Walker surpassed with the layup to give him 9,841 points.
March 28, 2018
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns scores a team-record 56 points in a 126-114 home win against the Atlanta Hawks. He shot 19 of 32 from the field and 12 of 15 from the free throw line, dropping in 30 points and 11 rebounds in the second half.
March 29, 1952
Minneapolis center George Mikan scored a then NBA playoff record 47 points against the Rochester Royals in Game 1 of the Western Division Finals, but the Lakers were defeated 88-78.
March 29, 1960
Boston Celtics standout Bill Russell hauled down an NBA Finals record 40 rebounds as the Celtics lost to St. Louis 113-103. On April 18, 1962, Russell matched his 40-rebound effort in a Game 7 overtime win against the Los Angeles Lakers that gave Boston the 1962 NBA championship.
March 29, 1962
Elgin Baylor (45) and Jerry West (41) of the Lakers became the first teammates to both score 40 or more points in a Playoff game as the Lakers lost to Detroit 118-117 in a Western Division Finals game.
March 29, 1990
Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon became just the third NBA player (along with Nate Thurmond and Alvin Robertson) to record a quadruple-double, with 18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists and 11 blocks in the Rockets’ 120-94 win over Milwaukee. Four years later, David Robinson became the fourth NBA player to record a quadruple-double.
March 29, 1996
Utah beat Vancouver 105-91, increasing the Grizzlies’ record losing streak to 20. Vancouver would extend its losing streak to an NBA record 23 games. The 23-game losing streak would be tied by the Denver Nuggets during the 1997-98 season.
March 29, 1998
Indiana scored an NBA record-low 55 points (since the introduction of the 24-second shot clock) in a 74-55 loss to San Antonio. On April 10, 1999, the Chicago Bulls scored 49 points against Miami to set a new record low.
March 29, 2017
Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder scores 57 points in a 114-106 win over the Orlando Magic.
March 30, 1976
Paul Silas of the Boston Celtics joined Bill Russell and Bill Bridges as the third player in NBA history to collect 10,000 rebounds before scoring 10,000 points.
March 30, 1979
Robert Parish of Golden State became the first Warrior in 10 years (since Nate Thurmond) to get at least 30 points and 30 rebounds in a game. Parish scored 30 points and hauled down 32 boards as the host Warriors defeated New York 114-98.
March 30, 1980
San Antonio’s George Gervin becomes the fifth player to win at least three consecutive scoring titles, joining George Mikan, Neil Johnston, Wilt Chamberlain and Bob McAdoo. Michael Jordan would later join that select circle.
March 30, 1986
The Boston Celtics tied an NBA record by beating New Jersey 122-117 for Boston’s 27th consecutive home court victory, matching the single-season mark set by the Minneapolis Lakers in 1950. The Celtics eventually extended their record streak to 38 games, over two seasons, before losing to Washington in Hartford on Dec. 2, 1986.
March 30, 1995
Chicago beat Boston 100-82 to win the first of an NBA record 44 consecutive home games (over two seasons) before losing to Charlotte 98-97 on April 8, 1996.
March 30, 2000
The United Nations Drug Control Program (UNDCP) and the NBA teamed up to produce an anti-drug public service announcement featuring Sacramento Kings center Vlade Divac. The NBA Store hosted a special press conference featuring Divac on two-way video to announce his participation as the United Nations Drug Control Program Goodwill Ambassador for Sports Against Drugs.
March 30, 2000
NBA.com launched NBA.com/UK, a special online section customized for basketball fans in the United Kingdom. NBA.com/UK features information relevant to UK fans, including television listings for NBA games and shows on ITV and TNT, local event information, features and statistics. Fans are also be able to participate in interactive activities such as special player chats and mailboxes.
March 30, 2000
The NBA/National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Prohibited Substances Committee adds Androstenedione (Andro), along with eight additional substances, to the list of steroids banned by the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Agreement. The Committee, jointly appointed by the NBA and NBPA, includes three experts in the field of illegal and performance enhancing drugs. The steroids added by the Committee to the list of Prohibited Substances are as follows: Androstenedione, Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), Fluoxymesterone, Methyltestosterone, Nandrolone, Oxandrolone, Oxymetholone, Stanozolol and Testosterone.
March 30, 2001
The Philadelphia 76ers retired the No. 34 in honor of Charles Barkley, who played eight seasons for the Sixers from 1984 to 1992. Barkley became the seventh player in 76ers’ history to have his number retired.
March 30, 2001
John Stockton of the Utah Jazz played in the 1,330th game of his NBA career, a 95-88 win over Cleveland, and moved into third place all-time in NBA games played. Stockton trailed only Robert Parish (1,611 games) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,560).
March 30, 2008
Boston limits the Miami Heat to just 17 field goals in an 88-62 win. That total is the lowest in an NBA game since the advent of the shot clock in 1954.
March 30, 2012
Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets dished out 20 assists in a 102-101 win over the Golden State Warriors.
March 31, 1982
The NBA and the Players Association reached a four-year agreement that included a revenue-sharing plan, the first of its kind in team sports. Players received 53 percent of revenues starting the 1984-85 season in return for minimum and maximum payrolls.
March 31, 1992
Phoenix coach Cotton Fitzsimmons guided the Suns to a 128-111 home win over Portland, becoming the sixth coach in NBA history to chalk up 800 career wins.
March 31, 1996
After defeating the visiting Phoenix Suns 97-83, the San Antonio Spurs become the 11th NBA team to go unbeaten over a month, with a 16-0 mark in March. The Spurs tied the 1971-72 Lakers (who were 16-0 in December of 1971) for the winningest month ever by an NBA team.
March 31, 2000
The NBA announced the NBA Legends Tour, which featured a star-studded team of former NBA players that traveled to China for a series of games against the Sydney Olympics-bound Chinese Men’s National Basketball team. Three international exhibition games were staged August 11, 14 and 17 in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, respectively, against the Chinese Men’s National Basketball team.