Today in Sports History: February 28

Calvin Murphy set a then-NBA record by recording 78 consecutive free throws in 1981. Michael Williams later bested Murphy’s record in the 1993-94 season with 97 consecutive free throws. Murphy was selected by the San Diego Rockets in the 1970 NBA draft. Murphy was known for his defensive skills and nominated for the NBA All-Rookie team in 1971. He set a team record for the all-team leading scorer (the record was later broken by Hakeem Olajuwon in 1994). The Rockets retied Murphy’s  no. 23 jersey and he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.

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