Today in Sports History: April 29

By Jonah Sharf On April 29, 1986, Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox struck out 20 batters in nine innings, becoming the first player in MLB history to do so โ€” he would do it again 10 years later to become the only player to do it twice. Other than Clemens, Kerry Wood and…

Today in Sports History: April 27

By Jonah Sharf On April 27, 1998, Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs was named the Rookie of the Year after receiving 113 of a possible 116 votes. Duncan was the first pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, and averaged 21.1 points, 11.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.51 blocked shots, while shooting .549 in…

Today in Sports History: April 26

By Jonah Sharf On April 26, 2012, the Charlotte Bobcats lost 104-84 to the New York Knicks, finishing the season at 7-59 and setting a new record for the lowest winning percentage in NBA history at 0.110. Led by Gerald Henderson, Corey Maggette, and a rookie Kemba Walker, to add insult to injury, the 2011-12…

Today in Sports History: April 25

By Jonah Sharf On April 25,1965, Jerry West of Los Angeles averaged 46.3 points per game in the series as the Lakers defeated the Baltimore Bullets in six games in the 1965 Western Division Finals โ€” they would go on to lose to the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. West scored at least 40…

Today in Sports History: April 24

By Jonah Sharf On April 24, 1994, Spurs legend and LOS podcast guest David Robinson became just the fourth NBA player to score 70 points in a game, lighting up the Clippers for 71 in the Spurs’ 112-97 road win in LA. With the performance, Robinson finished the 1993-94 season as the NBA’s scoring champion,…

Today in Sports History: April 23

By Jonah Sharf On April 23, 1989, Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played in the final regular season game of his career, with the Lakers beating the Supersonics 121-117. Kareem recorded an efficient 10 points and six rebounds on five-for-six shooting. The Lakers made it to a third straight NBA Finals appearance during Kareemโ€™s final postseason,…

Today in Sports History: April 22

By Jonah Sharf On April 22, 2000, Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz, at 36 years and 273 days old, became the oldest player in NBA history to score 50 points or more in a playoff game when he recorded 50 points in Game 1 of the first round against Seattle. Malone played in the…

Today in Sports History: April 20

By Jonah Sharf On April 20, 1986, Michael Jordan scored an NBA Playoff record 63 points, but the Bulls dropped a 135-131 double-overtime decision to the Celtics at Boston Garden in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round. This broke Elgin Baylor’s previous playoff mark of 61 points in a playoff game, set during…

Today in Sports History: April 19

By Jonah Sharf On April 19, 1992, Detroit’s Dennis Rodman won his first NBA rebounding title with 1,530 rebounds for an 18.7 rpg average, the highest rebounding marks in the league since the Lakers’ Wilt Chamberlain pulled down 1,572 boards for a 19.2 rpg average during the 1971-72 season. Rodman’s total of 1,530 rebounds represented…

Today in Sports History: April 18

By Jonah Sharf On April 18, 1991, Utah Jazz point guard John Stockton recorded 11 assists in the final game of the season, finishing the 1990-91 season with 1,164 assists, breaking his own NBA record for assists in a season set the previous year. Stocktonโ€™s record stands to this day as the most assists by…