NBA 75th Anniversary Season
This date in NBA history: Week of Nov. 28
Memorable historical moments this week include James Harden scoring 60 points in 31 minutes (2019) and Kobe Bryant announcing his retirement (2015).
The NBA tipped off its landmark 75th Anniversary Season on Oct. 19 in a celebration that lasts throughout the 2021-22 campaign.
Below is a day-by-day look at landmark moments, games, performances and more from this week in NBA history.
November 28, 1969
The New York Knicks scored six points in the final 16 seconds to defeat the Cincinnati Royals 106-105 to run their winning streak to a then-NBA record of 18 straight games. The Lakers set the current NBA mark of 33 straight wins during the 1971-72 season.
November 28, 1986
The Celtics downed San Antonio 111-96 at Boston Garden, setting an NBA record with their 38th consecutive home victory.
November 28, 1988
Los Angeles Lakers guard Magic Johnson finishes with 32 points, 11 rebounds and 20 assists in a 109-104 win against the Philadelphia 76ers.
November 28, 1992
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Lenny Wilkens appeared in his 2,500th NBA game (in 29 seasons as a player and coach, in both regular season and playoff games) in the Cavs’ 95-93 road loss at Orlando. Wilkens, elected to the Hall of Fame in 1988, joined Don Nelson as the only individuals to appear in 2,500 games. During the 1994-95 season he passed Nelson as the NBA’s all-time leader in game appearances, as a player or coach, with 2,737.
November 28, 1992
Reggie Miller exploded for 57 points to set an Indiana team record as the Pacers defeated the host Charlotte Hornets 134-122.
November 28, 1992
The LA. Clippers’ 121-119 road win at Denver gave Clippers’ head coach Larry Brown his 400th career NBA victory.
November 28, 1997
Chicago’s Michael Jordan scored 26 points at Indiana to move past Elvin Hayes (27,313) into fourth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 27,332 points.
November 28, 2003
Los Angeles Lakers forward Karl Malone finishes with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 103-87 win against the San Antonio Spurs. Malone, at 40 years old and 127 days, becomes the oldest player in NBA history to record a triple-double.
November 28, 2012
Rajon Rondo is ejected midway through the Boston Celtics 95-83 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. With only three assists in the game at the time of his ejection, Rondo’s historic double-digit assist streak ends at 37 games. It is second only to Magic Johnson’s 46-game streak.
November 29, 1997
After 24 seasons at US Airways Arena in Landover, MD, the Washington Wizards played their final game there against the Chicago Bulls, an 88-83 Chicago win.
November 29, 1999
Tyrone Corbin of the Sacramento Kings accomplished something that Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson never did. He played in his 1,000th regular season NBA game.
November 29, 2015
Kobe Bryant announces via a poem on The Players’ Tribune website that he will retire after the 2015-16 season. Bryant spent his entire 20-season NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers
November 30, 1977
Lenny Wilkens replaced Bob Hopkins as coach of the Seattle SuperSonics, who at that time had a 5-17 record. Under Wilkens, the Sonics went 42-18 for the rest of the season and made it all the way to the NBA Finals, where they lost in seven games to the Washington Bullets.
November 30, 1990
Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird scored his 20,000th career point in the Celtics’ 123-95 win over Washington at the Garden. At the time, Bird became only the fifth player in league history (along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, John Havlicek, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West) to gather 20,000 points, 5,000 rebounds and 5,000 assists in his playing career.
November 30, 1996
Michael Jordan became the 10th player in NBA history to reach 25,000 points after scoring 35 in the Bulls 97-88 win at the Spurs. Jordan reached 25,000 in 782 games, faster than any other player but Wilt Chamberlain (691).
November 30, 2019
Houston Rockets guard James Harden scores 60 points in 31 minutes in a 158-111 romp against the Atlanta Hawks. He came one point shy of matching his career high and franchise record while making eight 3-pointers and 20 free throws.
December 1, 1981
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers passed Oscar Robertson to become the NBA’s second all-time leading scorer, behind Wilt Chamberlain. Abdul-Jabbar finished the season with over 28,000 career points and eventually surpassed Chamberlain for the top spot with 38,387.
December 1, 1984
Phoenix Suns Coach John MacLeod became the 10th coach in NBA history to compile 500 career wins as the Suns defeated Golden State 115-103.
December 1, 1990
New Jersey Coach Bill Fitch registered his 785th career victory, 111-92 over Orlando, at the time moving him into fourth place on the NBA’s all-time list behind Dick Motta, Jack Ramsay and Red Auerbach.
December 1, 1991
Isiah Thomas became Detroit’s all-time leading scorer, with 15,493 points, after scoring a game-high 22 points in the Pistons’ 94-87 win over Houston at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Thomas passed previous leader Bob Lanier on Detroit’s all-time scoring chart.
December 1, 1996
Hersey Hawkins of the Seattle SuperSonics became part of basketball history when he scored the 7,000,000th point in NBA history off a 12-foot jumper with 7:58 left in the fourth quarter of the Sonics’ 96-90 loss to visiting Utah.
December 2, 1954
Frank Selvy of the Milwaukee Hawks, in a game against the Minneapolis Lakers at Fort Wayne, hit 24 of 26 free throws, both NBA rookie records for free throws attempted and made in a game.
December 2, 1978
Golden State Coach Al Attles captured his 400th career victory, only the 10th coach in NBA history at the time to achieve that feat, as the Warriors beat the Suns 116-108 at Phoenix.
December 2, 1986
The Washington Bullets beat the Boston Celtics 117-109 to end the Celtics’ homecourt winning streak at 38 games. Although the game was played at the Hartford Civic Center instead of the Boston Garden, it still counted as a home contest for the Celtics.
December 2, 1996
Houston’s Clyde Drexler became the fifth player in NBA history to reach 2,000 career steals, after picking up four against Toronto. Drexler retired with 2,207 steals.
December 2, 1997
The Washington Wizards began a new era when they opened the doors to the downtown MCI Center in a matchup against Seattle.
December 2, 1999
William “Pop” Gates, one of the greatest players of the 1930s and 1940s barnstorming era of basketball died of heart failure. Gates, who was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1989, earned acclaim as a player-coach of the Harlem Globetrotters in the 1950s. But those who played against him during the earlier era place him among the best of his time.
December 3, 1946
Joe Fulks of the Philadelphia Warriors set what was then a league scoring mark with 37 points against the Providence Steamrollers at Philadelphia. Fulks’ 50 field goal attempts (he made 16) were the most by a player during a game in the NBA’s inaugural season and remained the record for the most field goal attempts by a rookie in a game for 13 years.
December 3, 1976
Seattle’s Fred Brown had 10 steals in a 121-112 victory at Philadelphia to tie an NBA record held by Jerry West and Larry Steele. The record would be broken 23 days later by San Antonio’s Larry Kenon, who picked up 11 steals at Kansas City.
December 3, 1990
The Boston Celtics honored long-time announcer Johnny Most by unveiling a banner bearing a microphone on the balcony facade near his old broadcast position. Most retired following the 1989-90 season after calling Celtics games on the radio for 37 years.
December 3, 1993
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Houston Rockets 133-111, ending Houston’s record-tying streak for the best start in NBA history at 15-0. The 15-0 start tied the all-time NBA record set by the Washington Capitols at the start of the 1948-49 season.
December 3, 2019
Rockets guard James Harden scores 50 points in a 135-133 loss to the Spurs. Harden sets a record in the win, sinking 24 free throws without a miss.
December 4, 1948
The Washington Capitols beat Baltimore 83-82 to raise their record to 15-0, the best start in NBA history. Their streak ended with a 94-78 loss at Indianapolis on December 7. This 15-0 streak to start the season was matched by the Houston Rockets at the outset of the 1993-94 season.
December 4, 1987
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s consecutive game streak of scoring in double figures (787) is snapped at Milwaukee.
December 4, 1996
Detroit’s Terry Mills began an NBA record-tying streak of 13 straight 3-point field goals made over three games in the Pistons 100-90 win over the Hawks.
December 4, 1997
Golden State’s Latrell Sprewell is suspended without pay for one year by NBA Commissioner David Stern.
December 4, 2017
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors makes the 2,000th 3-pointer in his career. He needed just 597 games to do so, 225 fewer than the previous record-holder, Ray Allen. Additionally, Curry is one of just eight players in NBA history with 2,000 or more 3-pointers.