Today in Sports History: February 28

By Jonah Sharf On February 28, 1987, legendary broadcaster Chick Hearn called his 2,000th consecutive game for the Los Angeles Lakers, a streak that spanned 22 years up to that point. His streak would end on December 16, 2001 at 3,338 consecutive games—it started November 21, 1965. In addition to his streak, Hearn was known for coining…

Today in Sports History: February 27

By Jonah Sharf On February 27, 1959, Bob Cousy set what was at the time an NBA record and still stands as the Boston Celtics’ all-time record with 28 assists. The Celtics beat the Minneapolis Lakers, who were led by Elgin Baylor, 173-139. The 173 points is one of the highest totals for a single…

Today in Sports History: February 26

By Jonah Sharf On February 26, 1996, John Stockton of the Utah Jazz recorded his 11,000th NBA assist, becoming the first player in NBA history to record 11,000 assists, a club only fellow legendary point guard Jason Kidd joined. Stockton would finish his 19-year career (all with the Jazz) with an unprecedented 15,806 assists, which…

Today in Sports History: February 25

By Jonah Sharf On February 25, 1964, Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, defeated Sonny Liston by technical knockout, winning the heavyweight boxing title for the first time. A heavy underdog (7-to-1), Clay was just 22 years old going against the far more experienced Liston, handing him just the second loss of his career….

Today in Sports History: February 17

By Jonah Sharf On February 17, 1967 Wilt Chamberlain hit the first of what would become an NBA record 35 consecutive field goals without a miss, just a couple weeks after he set the record with 32 consecutive field goals made. His streak consisted of the first game, where he made his final two shots…

Today in Sports History: February 16

By Jonah Sharf On February 16, 1996, the Vancouver Grizzlies lost 110-100 to Atlanta in the first of what was then an NBA record 23 consecutive games lost during the same season. The Grizzlies were led by Bryant Reeves, Greg Anthony, and Blue Edwards in that season, and unsurprisingly missed the playoffs and finished with…

Today in Sports History: February 15

By Jonah Sharf On February 15, 2009, the West beat the East 146-119 in the All-Star Game in Phoenix, Arizona, and former teammates Shaq and Kobe were named co-MVPs of the game. After the East took an early 20-10 lead in the game, West head coach Phil Jackson put Shaq in the game, marking the…

Today in Sports History: February 14

By Jonah Sharf On February 14, 1986, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the NBA’s all-time leader in career minutes, surpassing Elvin Hayes’ 50,000. Kareem maintains that record to this day, with his 57,446 minutes eclipsing the second place Karl Malone’s 54,852. Kareem is considered one of the greatest to ever play the game, playing 20 seasons throughout…

Today in Sports History: February 13

By Jonah Sharf On February 13, 2000, the starting frontcourt for the Western Conference All-Stars, comprised of 7-footers Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett combined for 70 points and 33 rebounds — with Shaq and Duncan taking home co-MVP honors — to help lead the West to a 137-126 victory over the East in…

Today in Sports History: February 12

By Jonah Sharf On February 12, 2000, Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors won the Slam Dunk Contest with one of the greatest dunk contest performances of all time, earning him nicknames like “Vinsanity” and “Air Canada.” Carter earned three perfect 50 scores during the contest, beating out second and third place finishers Steve Francis…