Today in Sports History: March 26

In 1974, Rick Barry scored 64 points during a Golden State Warriors versus Portland Trail Blazers game. this feat placed Barry in third place for most points scored in a single game; behind Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor. In addition to his scoring, Barry provided 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 5 steals. Barry started his professional career with the San Francisco Warriors when he was the second overall pick in the 1965 NBA Draft. Barry, nicknamed the Miami Greyhound, won Rookie of the Year and averaged 25.7 points per game. After two years, he left the NBA for the American Basketball Association’s Oakland Oaks team. Barry was one of the first players to make the switch from the NBA to the ABA, allegedly over not receiving incentive pay from the Warriors. In 1973, he returned to the Golden State Warriors (NBA) and established himself as a key offensive player. At the time of his retirement in 1980, his .900 free throw percentage was a league record.Barry was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987 and named one of the Greatest NBA Players in History in 1996.

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