Today in Sports History: March 28

By Brandon Zhu

On this day in 1995, Boston Celtics small forward Dominique Wilkins scored 19 points in a 126-115 win at Miami. The scoring performance moved Wilkins past Jerry West and, at the time, into 8th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 25,207 points. Wilkins finished his career with 26,668 points and is currently ranked 1th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. The 3rd pick in the 1982 NBA Draft, Wilkins played 17 seasons in the NBA. Most noticeably remembered for his eleven seasons spent with the Atlanta Hawks, Wilkins is remembered by fans for his incredible dunking abilities, spin moves, and strong mid-range game. Despite never having won an NBA title, Wilkins was still one of the most dominant players of his era. In his playoff runs, Wilkins averaged 24.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. Wilkins’ also averaged more than 24 points per game for twelve consecutive seasons, and captured a scoring title in 1985-86 with an average of 30.3 points per game. Wilkins’ other accolades include 7x All-NBA Team selections, 2x NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion, and 9x NBA All-Star. Wilkins was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 and his no. 21 was retired by the Atlanta Hawks in 2001.

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