FOX Sports New Orleans to re-broadcast Pistol Pete Maravich's 68 point game

Turn back the clock to an epic night of Big Easy Basketball, when the legendary ‘Pistol’ Pete Maravich dropped 68 points on the New York Knicks on February 25, 1977 in the Superdome.

Wednesday, May 13

7:00PMCT Preview show w/ Joel Meyers starts at 6:30pm
New York Knicks Logo - 1977

New York Knicks

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New Orleans Jazz Logo - 1977

New Orleans Jazz

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February 25, 1977
Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
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KNICKS 26 17 34 30 107
JAZZ 31 34 31 28 124

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Pete Maravich 68 point game
New Orleans Jazz Pete Maravich drives for a basket in the last period of National Basketball Association game against New York Knicks. Knicks' Jim McMillian (5) is defending. (AP Photo/Harry Harris)

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Teammates share fond memories of Pete Maravich’s 68-point game

They’d already watched him rack up 51 and 50 points in games earlier that season, so a high-scoring performance by New Orleans teammate Pete Maravich came as no surprise. But this was different. On Feb. 25, 1977, future Hall of Famer “Pistol Pete” fired in 31 points by halftime, connecting on shots from all over the Superdome hardwood. Without saying a word to each other, Jazz players understood the strategy: Make sure Pete touches the rock as much as possible.
"He could score in just about any way possible. He could shoot right-handed, left-handed, off the wrong foot. He could shoot hooks."
Maravich’s career-high scoring eruption is now the 13th-best offensive game in 70-plus years of the NBA. Only seven other players have ever tallied more (Wilt Chamberlain six times, Kobe Bryant, David Thompson, David Robinson, Elgin Baylor, Devin Booker, Michael Jordan).

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FUN FACTS FROM 1977

In the sports world

  • Pistol ‘Pete’ scored 68 points in regulation without any 3 pointers. The 3 point line wasn’t introduced until 2 years later in 1979.
  • Before the Last Dance, Phil Jackson was a forward for the New York Knicks and played 16 minutes in the game. He scored 1 point.
  • While 68 points was his professional career high, Pistol Pete collegiate high score at LSU was 69 vs. Alabama in 1970. He remains the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer, a mark he’s held for 50 years.
  • Current Pelicans Coach Alvin Gentry was finishing up his senior year of college at Appalachian State where he played under Coach ‘Press’ Maravich, ‘Pistol’ Pete’s Father.

In New Orleans

  • A gallon of regular gas was $0.62 and a bowl of gumbo at Brennan’s was $0.50.
  • Ella Fitzgerald, Bonnie Raitt, and Allen Toussaint were among the headliners of Jazz Fest.
  • Saturday Night Live, then in its second season, filmed an episode live during Mardi Gras in New Orleans just 5 days before the game was played.

NBA legend Bob McAdoo remembers Pete Maravich's 68-point game

Pelicans play-by-play announcer Joel Meyers talks to NBA legend Bob McAdoo as they remember Pete Maravich's amazing performance in his 68-point game.

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NBA legend Bob McAdoo remembers Pete Maravich's 68-point game

Pelicans play-by-play announcer Joel Meyers talks to NBA legend Bob McAdoo as they remember Pete Maravich's amazing performance in his 68-point game.
May 13, 2020  |  08:58

Highlights from Pete Maravich's 68 point game

Highlights from New Orleans Jazz/LSU great Pete Maravich's 68 point game against the New York Knicks on February 25, 1977.
May 11, 2020  |  01:00

Pete Maravich's teammate Jim McElroy remembers Pete's 68-point game

Pelicans play-by-play announcer Joel Meyers talks to former New Orleans Jazz guard and Pete Maravich teammate Jim McElroy as they remember Pete Maravich's 68-point game.
May 13, 2020  |  09:27

New Orleans Jazz official scorer Bob Remy remembers Pete Maravich's 68-point game

Pelicans play-by-play announcer Joel Meyers talks to former New Orleans Jazz official scorer Bob Remy about how he was able to keep up with Maravich's scoring.
May 13, 2020  |  05:49
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