We look at some of the most spectacular stat lines and box scores in the NBA and ABA in the latest episode of Over and Back's Basketball Mysteries of the 1970s.
We discuss the incredible duel over the scoring title in 1978, with David Thompson scoring 73 points and George Gervin with 63 on the final night of the regular season, other players who scored more than 60 points in a single game during the 1970s (Stew Johnson, Zelmo Beaty, Larry Miller, and Julius Erving in the ABA, and Rick Barry and Pete Maravich in the NBA), George McGinnis’ propensity for triple doubles (and quadruple doubles, if you include turnovers), Nate Thurmond’s first recorded quadruple double in NBA history, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with a 50-point triple double, Kevin Porter breaking all kinds of assist records, and Erving with the first known 5-by-5 game.
We also discuss some amazing NBA and ABA Finals performances from Artis Gilmore, Dave Cowens, Bill Walton, and Erving, as well as 50-point playoff games from Billy Cunningham, Barry, Roger Brown, John Havlicek and Bob McAdoo. And we also discuss great scoring and rebounding games from Dan Issel, Elvin Hayes, Marvin Barnes, Moses Malone, Swen Nater and Robert Parish.
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