Russell Westbrook during the 2016-17 season (Getty Images)
After eight seasons playing alongside NBA All-Star Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook had the Oklahoma City Thunder all to his own in the 2016-17 NBA Season. Everyone knew how incredibly athletic and skilled Westbrook was but I don’t know if any body would predict this season he would achieve all he did this season.
The most important stat for Russell Westbrook during the 2016-17 NBA Season are his 42 triple-doubles. Yeah that’s right, he had a triple-double in more than half of his teams regular season games. During the course of the season there was much doubt as to whether he could break the record of 41 triple doubles.
As a fan it seemed as almost every night he was ending a game with a triple-double. This was one of the best regular season performances by any player in NBA history.
Russell Westbrook’s historic achievement was made on April 9, 2017 in Denver Colorado against the Nuggets. In this game where he had his 42 triple-double of the season he did it in style by scoring 50 points. He moved ahead of NBA Legend Oscar Robertson that night who held the previous record of 41 triple-doubles in a single season.
He finished the season with an average of 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 10.4 assists. It’s insane to thing about the fact he averaged a triple-double per game. At 28 years old he still has many more great years ahead of him and who know how many other records he will break before his career is over.
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Stephen Curry celebrates during the Warriors/Thunder game on February 27, 2016. (Getty Images)
On February 27, 2016 in a game between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder Stephen Curry made history yet again. Curry broke his own single season record for three-pointers made which was 286 by hitting 12 shots from beyond the arch to bring his season total to 288. In what many are calling the game of the season the Warriors were able to leave Oklahoma City with a 121-118 overtime victory in large part to Curry’s incredible play. Curry scored 46 points in this contest and his 12 three-pointers tied the single game record.
Stephen Curry became the record holder for this statistical category during the 2012-13 season when he broke Ray Allen’s record of 269, Curry made 272 that season. He would break his own record two seasons later by making 286 three-point buckets during the 2014-15 season. This accomplishment of breaking the record again is even more amazing when you consider that fact there are about two more months left in the season. It will be exciting to see where this new record will end up and AmericanSportsHistory.com will keep you updated as the season comes to a close in April.
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On this day in 1988 Wrigley Field finally joined the 20th Century. The great American ballpark that is Wrigley finally hosted a night game under the lights. Wrigley Field was opened on April 23, 1914 under the name of Weeghman Park. The ballpark underwent many changes through the years but the most important was installing lights. A total of 5,687 consecutive day games where played there before they held a night game.
The Philadelphia Phillies were the Cubs opponents on this night. The game had a scheduled start time of 7:05pm. A pregame ceremony took place prior to the game in which a long time Cubs fan was able to hit a button to turn on the lights. The interesting not about this game it was never an official game. The game was halted in the fourth inning because of rain at 8:14pm. The game was officially called off at 10:25pm.
The first full game under the light would take place the following night on August 9, 1988. The Cubs defeated the New York Mets in that contest by a score of 6-4. Wrigley had a deal with the city of Chicago for many years following to only play around 20 night games a season. The reason for this was with the ballpark being located in a residential area of the city the lights would affect the local residents from sleeping at night.
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Klay Thompson (Getty Images)
On January 23, 2015 in Oakland, California the Golden State Warriors Guard Klay Thompson scored 37 points in a single quarter. Thompson’s record setting quarter came in the 3rd quarter of a game between the Warriors and the Sacramento Kings. He made all thirteen of his shots, nine of which were 3-pointers (also an NBA record for a single quarter) during the amazing single quarter performance. Thompson scored a career high 52 points in the game. Thompson lead his Warriors to the 126-101 victory, bringing the Warriors season record to 36 wins and 6 loses.
The previous record was set at 33 points. Both George Garvin (1978) and Carmen Anthony (2008) shared the previous record. The previous record for 3-pointers shot made in a single quarter was previously held by Michael Redd and Joe Johnson with eight.
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The tradition that is known as the NFL Draft came into existence in 1936. The first player ever taken in the NFL Draft was Running Back Jay Berwanger. The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Berwanger, unfortunately he would never play a pro football game due to salary disputes with multiple teams
Since then the NFL Draft has involved thousands of players, many of which have gone on to become all time greats. Many more however went on to have careers that would earn them the dubious distinction of being called a “Draft Bust”. The most coveted position for any team is the first overall pick. The team that holds this position is usually in desperate need of a break out rookie that can turn their franchise around. There is only one chance for first overall greatness every year.
There have been only 78 men who can call themselves the first overall pick in the NFL draft. The positions picked the most may not surprise you but the positions that were picked the least might shock you.
The quarterback position has the title of the most popular first overall pick in draft history. Twenty seven QBs have been nabbed by teams with the most coveted draft spot. Ten of those twenty seven became pro bowl players, names like Eli Manning (2004), Peyton Manning (1998), Drew Bledsoe (1993) and Vinny Testaverde (1987) just to name a few. Only Troy Aikman (1989), John Elway (1983) and Terry Bradshaw (1970) had careers so great they were inducted into the Hall Of Fame.
Twenty five Running Backs have been picked first overall. Seven of them became Pro Bowlers including Bo Jackson (1986), Billy Sims (1980) and Tucker Frederickson (1965). The Running Backs hold the record of most Hall Of Fame inductees with five. Running Back Bill Dudley (1942) was the first player at any position drafted first overall to become a Hall Of Famer. The most recent Running Back to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame is Earl Campbell (1978) who was drafted by the Houston Oilers.
Defensive End’s have also been a very popular choice with eleven picked first overall. Defensive Ends Mario Williams (2006), Ed “Too Tall” Jones (1974), Dave Parks (1964) and Leon Hart (1950) were all voted to the Pro Bowl. Bruce Smith (1985) and Lee Roy Selmon (1976) were the only Defensive End’s to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame.
Positions that were drafted the least with the top pick are Defensive Tackle (4), Offensive Tackle (4), Line Backer (3), Center (2) and Wide Receiver (2). Eight different positions have all seen the top choice. Wide Receiver, Defensive Tackle and Line Backer are the only positions to never have a first overall player reach the Hall Of Fame.
A few of the players drafted in the last decade will more than likely find a home in the Hall Of Fame. As of now the first overall pick has only been a future Hall Of Famer twelve of the seventy seven times. Who knows, we might see the next great NFL player drafted with the first pick tonight in the 2014 NFL Draft.
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On April 29, 2014 the long time owner of the NBA’s L.A. Clippers franchise, Donald Sterling was banned for life from the game of Basketball. Sterling had purchased the team in 1979 and there had been controversy surrounding him over the last three decades. Much has been covered over the last week since the audio was released of Sterling making racial remarks. In the recording Sterling was speaking with his mistress about not having “black people” associated with he Instagram account. He also made reference to her bringing them to the games as well.
Former L.A. Clippers Owner Donald Serling. (Getty Images)
His own team had reacted very harshly to the comments, which they should have. Their first game since the comments were released the team turned their warm up gear inside out and wore black arm bands during the game. The Clippers lost that game and are needing the relief that this announcement would create.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. (Getty Images)
Much talk had swirled the sports world over what the new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver would do in response to these comments. Today Silver made it clear that these kinds of comments will not be tolerated in the NBA. Silver held a press conference at 2pm ET to made the announcement on how this situation would be dealt with. Along with the life time ban from Basketball he will be forced to sell the team and will be fined $2.5 million. Silver made a bold statement and one that will go down in NBA History as one of the biggest statements ever made by the League’s Commissioner.
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The opening day of the baseball season has been filled with historic moments and happenings. Moments like Hank Aaron tying Babe Ruth’s home run record and Ted Williams hitting .449 in all of his opening day game appearances. One of these milestones happened in 1940 and has yet to be repeated on the day that starts the long baseball season, a no hitter.
On April 16, 1940 at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Hall Of Fame pitcher Bob Feller made the history books when he threw his first no hitter. Completing a no hitter as a pitcher is incredible enough but there is another element that makes this feat even more incredible, this is the only occurrence of a no hitter on Opening Day. On that day Feller pitched his Cleveland Indians to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox. The eventual game winning run was scored by the Indians in the 4th inning when Jeff Heath scored on a Rollie Hemsley hit. The losing pitcher that day was Eddie Smith.
Bob Feller would have two more no hitters in his career before he retired in 1956. Those came in the 1946 and 1951 seasons against the Yankees and Tigers. Bob Feller was inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1962. Feller amassed 266 wins and 162 loses and threw 2,581 strikeouts. An interensting note to his career is that he also threw 12 one hit games on top of his three no hitters.
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The NBA had long been the leader in American basketball. However they were slow to introduce a popular part of the game already being used in other professional leagues. The three-point line was first dreamed about in the 1930’s. By the end of the 1960’s the three-point line was being used in the American Basketball League, The Eastern Professional Basketball League and the American Basketball Association. It was not until the late 1970’s that the NBA gave in and decided to use this new rule that they had previously viewed as gimmicky.
On October 12, 1979 history was made when the Washington Bullets Kevin Grevey made the first three-pointer in an official NBA game. Grevey would retire after the 1984-85 season with 145 career three-point shots made. From this point on the game would never be the same. This addition to the game added a new level of excitement and suspense. Many NBA games over the last three decades have been ultimately decided by this dreaded shot.
From the 1979-80 season to the 1993-94 season the three point line was 23 feet 9 inches from the front of the basket and 22 feet at the corners. The NBA would try to address lower scoring games by bringing the line closer to the basket from the 1994-95 season through the 1996-97 season. At that time three-point line was 22 feet around the entire basket. The league brought back the three-point line back to its original dimensions in the 1997-98 season and it has remained there since.
Ray Allen shooting a crucial three-pointer in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals. (Getty Images)
Ray Allen is a player that has had a Hall Of Fame career mostly based on the fact he has been an excellent three-point shooter. His most recent heroics came from his favorite position on the court when he made a game tying 3-pointer in Game 6 of the NBA finals. His team the Miami heat won that game and later won Game 7 of the Finals to be three time NBA Champions. Allen is the all time leader in three-pointers with 2,963 at the time of this article. Ray Allen was also at one point in time the single season leader in this statistical category when he broke Dennis Scott’s record in the 2005-06 season with 269 three-pointers that year.
Stephen Curry is now the current single season record holder. He broke Allen’s record at the end of the 2012-13 season when he made his final three-point in the last game of the season, putting the new record at 272 three-pointers. Curry would break his own record two seasons later during the 2014-15 canpaign with 286 three-pointers. The story of Curry’s dominance does not end there. As of February 27, 2016 Curry has made 288 shots from the behind the arch setting a new record and with about two months remaining in the season that mark will continue to rise.
The three-point shot has been such a special part of the game since its creation. It is hard to even imagine the sport without it. It will forever be one of the most revolutionary parts of the game of Basketball.
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On December 13, 1983 an NBA game took place in Denver, Colorado at the McNichols Arena in front of a crowd of less than 10,000. The game pitted the visiting Detroit Pistons against the Denver Nuggets. It did not appear that it would be unlike most NBA games during the 82 game regular season, most of which are played and then forgotten. Something spectacular was about to happen that night.
When the game started both teams were furiously running up and down the court scoring on just about every possession. Defense was taking a back seat to the explosive offense of both squads. The 1st quarter ended with the Pistons leading by a score of 38-34. The score going into halftime was all tied up at 74-74. The Nuggets would take the lead in the 3rd quarter by a score of 113-108. At this point in the game with only one quarter remaining in regulation both teams had scores resembling a complete game. This game was however far from finished.
The Pistons played hard and stayed in the game throughout the final quarter of regulation time. The Nuggets had a 145-142 lead with just seconds remaining in the game when the Pistons received an opportunity they would take advantage of. The Pistons Bill Laimbeer was fouled and was at the free throw line. Laimbeer made his first free throw and intentionally missed his second shot, when he did Isaiah Thomas tipped the ball in before the clock ran out and the game was tied at the end of regulation. The game was now going into overtime.
The first overtime came and went and everything was still tied but the score was now 159-159. At this point it seemed very possible that this game could end up being the highest scoring game ever. The combined score was 318, the record holder at the time was 337 from a game played just a season before on March 6th, 1982, between the San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks.
The record was broken in the 2nd overtime when each team scored 12 points apiece. The combined score was now 342 with each team having scored 171 points each. In the 3rd overtime the game was decided when the Pistons scored 15 points to the Nuggets 13 points. The final score was 186-184 with the Pistons being the winner in this historic game.
The box score of the highest scoring NBA game ever.
This is a record that has stood for over three decades and it does not appear it will be broken any time soon. The most recent high scoring game that came close was in November of 1990. Ironically that game was played between the Golden State Warriors and the Denver Nuggets, at the exact same Arena as the record holding game. The Nuggets lost that game 162-158 with the combined score of 320 points. We have never seen a game that close to the record since and we may never will.
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