Today in Sports History: February 25

By Brandon Zhu

In 1977, New Orleans Jazz point guard Pete Maravich scored a career-high 68 points as the Jazz defeated the New York Knicks 124-107. His other stats from the night included 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. The third pick in the 1970 NBA Draft, Maravich was known for his ball handling, elite passing, and ability to maneuver tough shots. The legendary point guard played 10 seasons in the NBA, but his career was cut short due to a persistent knee injury. Maravich was the NBA scoring champion in 1977, he averaged 31.1 points during the 1976-77 season. Over his entire career, Maravich scored 15,948 points (24.2 ppg), 2,747 rebounds (4.2 rpg), and 3,563 assists (5.4 apg). Maravich’s other accolades include 4x All-NBA Team selections and 5x NBA All-Star. Maravich was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987, his no. 44 was retired by the Atlanta Hawks and his no. 7 was retired by the Utah Jazz.

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