Today in Sports History: May 16

A rookie Magic Johnson fills in for center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals. Abdul-Jabbar was out with a sprained ankle. Johnson recorded 42 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists in a 123-107 Lakers win. He set a record by sinking all 14 of his free-throw attempts and won Finals MVP. Johnson played 905 NBA games and tallied 17,707 points, 6,559 rebounds, and 10,141 assists. He holds the record for highest assists per game average in NBA history at 11.2. He is also the only player to average 12 assists in an NBA Finals series and holds the All-Star Game single-game record for assists (22), and the All-Star Game record for career assists (127). He was a member of the 1992 Olympic Men’s Basketball team and was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his individual career in 2002 and as a member of the Dream Team in 2010.

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