Today in Sports History: January 31

By Jonah Sharf On January 31, 2018, James Harden became the first player in NBA history to record a 60-point triple double, racking up 60 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. This was Harden’s career high at the time, and broke the 40-year old Houston Rockets franchise record for most points in a game (he…

Today in Sports History: January 30

On January 30, 1996, in his first game since the 1991 NBA Finals, Magic Johnson led the Lakers to a win against the Golden State Warriors, recording 19 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists. He would go on to play 32 games that season, starting in nine of them, averaging 14.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, and…

Today in Sports History: January 29

By Jonah Sharf On January 29, 2000, Karl Malone became the third player in NBA history to record 30,000 points, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain. Malone would finish his career as one of the greatest scorers of all-time, finishing behind just Kareem as number two on the all-time scoring list. Four more players joined…

Legendary Teams: 1997 Utah Jazz

By Michael Romanelli Lead by the dynamic duo of John Stockton and Karl Malone, the 1997 Jazz were a force to be reckoned with. Karl Malone averaged 27.4 points and 9.9 rebounds to win MVP, while floor general John Stockton was his usual self and averaged 10.5 assists. Utah finished the season with a 64-18…

Today in Sports History: January 28

By Jonah Sharf On January 28, 2017, Serena Williams beat her sister, Venus, in the Australian Open Finals to win her 23rd Grand Slam singles title, surpassing Steffi Graf’s Open Era record of 22. It also marked her seventh Australian Open title, marking another Open Era record. The match between sisters was the first time…

Today in Sports History: January 27

By Jonah Sharf On January 27, 1996, Monica Seles won the Australian Open, her first Grand Slam victory since being stabbed by a spectator in Germany in 1993. In April of 1993 during the quarterfinals of an event, a fan of Seles’ rival, Steffi Graf, ran to the edge of the court and stabbed Seles…

Today in Sports History: January 26

By Jonah Sharf On January 26, 1986, the Chicago Bears — led by head coach Mike Ditka, a legendary defense headed by Richard Dent, and an incredible running game with Walter Payton — won Super Bowl XX. The 1985 season was the Bears’ most successful season to date since the NFL-AFL merger, not just in…

Today in Sports History: January 25

By Jonah Sharf On January 25, 1986, the Washington Bullets’ Manute Bol recorded the second most blocks in a game in NBA history, blocking 15 shots against the Atlanta Hawks. The performance is two blocks behind the record of 17 set by the Lakers’ Elmore Smith, and was tied by Shaq a few seasons later….

Today in Sports History: January 24

By Jonah Sharf On January 24, 1990, Los Angeles Lakers coach Pat Riley became the 13th coach in NBA history to reach 500 wins, passing Don Nelson’s 817 easily, reaching 500 wins after 684 games. Riley finished his career with an incredible 1,210 wins, which is good for fifth place in NBA history, behind legendary…

Today in Sports History: January 23

By Jonah Sharf On January 23, 2018, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers became the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 30,000 point mark, scoring a jump shot at the end of the first quarter in a game against the San Antonio Spurs. LeBron also became just the 7th player in NBA history…