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This Week in NBA History: Week of Nov. 20

Hakeem Olajuwon reaches 2,000 career steals and Chris Anderson becomes 1st NBDL player to be called up to the NBA in this week's moments in NBA history.

A day-by-day look at landmark moments, games, performances and more from this week in NBA history.


Nov. 20

Nov. 20, 1979

Red Holzman won his 500th game at the helm of the New York Knicks following a 130-125 overtime win over Houston at Madison Square Garden. At the time, Holzman was only the second coach–after Red Auerbach–to reach that plateau with one team.

Nov. 20, 1992

Karl Malone’s game-high 34 points lifted Utah to a 97-95 win over Indiana at Market Square Arena and pushed him past the 15,000 point mark for his career.

Nov. 20, 1993

Orlando’s Shaquille O’Neal scored 24 points, grabbed 28 rebounds and blocked 15 shots (tying Manute Bol for the second-highest total in NBA history) during the Magic’s 87-85 victory over New Jersey at the Meadowlands Arena.

Nov. 20, 1997

A.C. Green of the Dallas Mavericks set an NBA record by playing in his 907th consecutive game in a matchup against Golden State. Green broke the record of Randy Smith, who played in 906 consecutive games from 1972 to 1983. Green continued to add to the record, playing in 1,192 games through the end of the 2000-01 season.

Nov. 20, 1999

Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon reached 2,000 career steals after a steal in the second quarter of the Rockets’ 110-107 loss to Seattle Saturday night. Olajuwon is the only player in NBA history with 2,000 steals and 2,000 blocks. Steals and blocks have been compiled since the 1973-74 season.

Nov. 20, 2020

Negotiations with free agents began at 6 p.m. ET with signings permitted starting at 12:01 p.m. with signings permitted starting at 12:01 p.m. ET on Nov. 22. That was a quicker window than usual for free agency in the NBA, which typically has about a week spanning the start of talks and the beginning of signings.

Nov. 20, 2020

The Toronto Raptors announce they will start the 2020-21 season playing in Tampa, Fla., because of the public health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.


Nov. 21

Nov. 21, 1965

Chick Hearn began his streak of broadcasting consecutive Los Angeles Lakers’ games. The last time Hearn missed a Lakers’ broadcast was Nov. 20, 1965, when he worked a college football game in Arkansas the day before and had his flight canceled. By the end of the 2000-01 season, Hearn had broadcast 3,301 consecutive Lakers games, including preseason and playoff games.

Nov. 21, 1984

The Boston Celtics sank 55-of-81 field goal attempts for a club-record .679 shooting percentage in a 135-91 rout of Golden State.

Nov. 21, 1990

Atlanta’s Moses Malone became only the seventh player in NBA history to reach the 25,000-point plateau by scoring 22 points in the Hawks’ 105-93 loss to Milwaukee at the Bradley Center.

Nov. 21, 1996

With the LA Clippers’ 105-94 loss at Dallas, Bill Fitch became the first NBA coach to record 1,000 career loses.

Nov. 21, 2001

The Denver Nuggets call up Chris Andersen from the Fayetteville Patriots, making Andersen the first D-League player to be called up to the NBA.

Nov. 21, 2013

Six-time All-Star Vern Mikkelsen, a Hall of Famer, dies at the age of 85.


Nov. 22

Nov. 22, 1950

The Fort Wayne Pistons defeated the Minneapolis Lakers 19-18 in Minneapolis in the lowest-scoring game in NBA history.

Nov. 22, 1961

St. Louis Hawks forward Bob Pettit connected on all 19 of his foul shots in a 141-121 loss at Boston, establishing what was then an NBA record.

Nov. 22, 1992

Rick Adelman posted the 200th victory of his coaching career as the Blazers beat Detroit, 115-90. At the time, no coach had reached the 200-win milestone that quickly. The win came in his 288th game.

Nov. 22, 1994

Golden State Coach Don Nelson became the first individual in NBA history to participate in 2,700 career games as a player or coach (both regular season and playoffs), during the Warriors’ 102-98 road setback at Golden State. Later in the 1994-95 season, Nelson was passed in career NBA game appearances, as a player or coach, by Atlanta head coach Lenny Wilkens.

Nov. 22, 2001

The Denver Nuggets called up Chris Andersen of the Fayetteville Patriots, who became the first NBDL player to be called up to the NBA.

Nov. 22, 2000

The Philadelphia 76ers lost 88-73 to the Charlotte Hornets, ending their season-opening winning streak at 10 games. The Sixers became the 12th team in NBA history to begin a season with at least 10 consecutive victories.


Nov. 23

Nov. 23, 1979

Washington’s Elvin Hayes scored 18 points in a 128-108 loss at San Antonio to move ahead of Hal Greer, at that time into seventh place on the NBA all-time scoring list, with 21,587 points.

Nov. 23, 1991

The Sacramento Kings snapped their NBA record 43-game road losing streak with a 95-93 win over the Magic at the Orlando Arena. Lionel Simmons scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Kings to their first road triumph since Nov. 20, 1990 in Washington.

Nov. 23, 1994

Jeff Hornacek of Utah set an NBA record by sinking all eight of his 3-point field goal attempts during the Jazz’ 113-103 home win over Seattle. Hornacek scored a career-high 40 points and broke the previous mark held by Portland’s Terry Porter (1992) and the Sonics’ Sam Perkins (1993), who both went 7-of-7 from 3-point range. Perkins tied Hornacek’s 8-for-8 performance for Seattle against Toronto on January 15, 1997.

Nov. 23, 1994

Wesley Person hit for 19 points to lead 10 double-figure scorers in Phoenix’s 140-109 home win over the LA Clippers. The Suns became the third team in NBA history to have 10 different players score in double figures in the same game. On March 30, 1980, Seattle defeated Portland 135-104, with Gus Williams’ 23 points leading 10 double-figure scorers for the Sonics. And on April 14, 1994, the Sonics accomplished the feat again, defeating the visiting Los Angeles Clippers 150-101, with Detlef Schrempf’s 21 points leading the way.

Nov. 23, 1997

Los Angeles Lakers coach Del Harris recorded his 500th career win after a 119-102 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Nov. 23, 2016

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love scores 34 points in the first quarter against his hometown Portland Trail Blazers. In doing so, he set a record for most points in a first quarter as the Cavs won 137-125.


Nov. 24

Nov. 24, 1938

Oscar Robertson is born in Charlotte, Tennessee.

Nov. 24, 1949

Don Otten of the Tri-Cities Blackhawks set an NBA record by committing eight personal fouls in a 120-113 loss to Sheboygan.

Nov. 24, 1949

The Syracuse Nationals defeated the Anderson Packers 125-123 in five overtimes, at that time the longest game in NBA history. The record was broken a little over a year later when Rochester and Indianapolis played a six-overtime contest on January 6, 1951.

Nov. 24, 1960

Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors grabbed an NBA record 55 rebounds in a 132-129 loss to Boston. Chamberlain went on to collect 2,149 rebounds in 79 games during the 1960-61 season, averaging 27.2 rpg, both NBA records that still stand.

Nov. 24, 1986

Maurice Podoloff, the first chief executive of the NBA, died at the age of 95. Podoloff held the title of NBA President (title changed to Commissioner in 1967) from 1946 through his retirement in 1963.

Nov. 24, 1996

With a pair of free throws in the third quarter of Houston’s 90-85 road win over the Lakers, Clyde Drexler became the 24th player in NBA history to reach 20,000 points.

Nov. 24, 1999

A.C. Green of the Los Angeles Lakers ties former ABA and NBA star Ron Boone for the longest consecutive games played streak in professional basketball history by playing in his 1,041st game when the Lakers host the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. Green became the NBA’s all-time iron man when he played his 907th consecutive game while a member of the Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 20, 1997, passing Randy Smith, who played in 906 consecutive games for Buffalo, San Diego, Cleveland and New York.

Nov. 24, 1999

Pat Riley of the Miami Heat collects his 200th win with the team after a 93-91 win over Atlanta, giving him 200 wins with three teams (Lakers, New York, Miami). He joins Lenny Wilkens and Bill Fitch as the only coaches to accomplish that feat.

Nov. 24, 2001

With three assists in a 99-94 loss to Minnesota, Terry Porter of the San Antonio Spurs became the only player in NBA history to record 15,000 points, 7,000 assists, 1,000 steals and 1,000 3-pointers.


Nov. 25

Nov. 25, 1960

Bailey Howell of Detroit set what was then a Pistons’ home record 19 free throws in a game against Los Angeles, as he finished with 43 points. He also grabbed a Pistons’ home game record 21 rebounds in one half.


Nov. 26

Nov. 26, 1986

The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Washington Bullets 122-103 to give Don Nelson his 500th career coaching victory. At the time he reached the milestone faster than any coach in NBA history, needing only 817 games. Pat Riley later reached 500 wins in 684 games.

Nov. 26, 1994

During a 101-87 victory over Golden State at Gund Arena, the Cleveland Cavaliers set an NBA record by attempting just two free throws the entire game, breaking the mark of three previously held by the Los Angeles Lakers for 14 years. John “Hot Rod” Williams and Tony Campbell each went 1-for-1 from the line for the Cavs.

Nov. 26, 1999

A.C. Green of the Los Angeles Lakers played in his professional basketball record 1,042nd consecutive game by appearing in a 103-80 win over New Jersey. Green eclipsed the record of former ABA and NBA star Ron Boone.

Nov. 26, 2000

John Stockton appeared in his 1,271st NBA game, all in a Utah Jazz uniform, passing previous record-holder John Havlicek of the Boston Celtics for most career games played for one team. “I have such great respect for John Havlicek, I can’t even express it,” said Stockton.

Nov. 26, 2011

The NBA and NBA Players Association reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, ending the second-longest labor stoppage in league history after 160 days.

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