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BASKETBALL TRIVIA

1) What team won the very first NBA game?


The New York Knicks defeated the Toronto Huskies 68-66 in the very first NBA game on November 1, 1946. Any fan taller than Toronto center George Nostrand was granted free admission.

2) What NBA player scored 100 points on March 2, 1962?


On March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scored 100 points, the most ever by an NBA player in a single game, during his team's 169-147 win over the New York Knicks. Chamberlain shot 36-of-63 from the field and 28 of 32 from the free throw line. He also snagged 25 rebounds.

3) Who was the first player in NBA history to be elected league MVP by a unanimous vote?


In 2016, after a record-breaking season in which he led the Warriors to an NBA-record 73 wins and set an individual record of 402 three-point field goals (smashing his own previous league record of 286 set the year before), Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry became the NBA's first unanimous Most Valuable Player.

4) What new kind of shot did Joe Fulks score a record 63 points with in one game in 1949?


On February 10, 1949, "Jumping Joe" Fulks introduced the jump shot, scoring a then-NBA record 63 points against the Indianapolis Jets.

5) Who scored the first three-point basket in NBA history?


On October 12, 1979, Chris Ford of the Boston Celtics scored the first three-point basket in NBA history with 3:48 left in the first quarter of a 114-106 victory over Houston at Boston Garden. This game also marked the debut of Boston rookie Larry Bird.

6) Who was the youngest player to score 10,000 points in the NBA?


At 23 years and 59 days, LeBron James became the youngest player to score 10,000 points in the NBA.

7) What team owns the longest winning streak in NBA history?


The Los Angeles Lakers won 33 straight games in the 1971-72 season, the most in NBA history.

8) What player was known as the "Clown Prince" of the Harlem Globetrotters?


For 22 years, Meadowlark Lemon was known as the "Clown Prince" of the Harlem Globetrotters. He played in more than 16,000 games for the Globetrotters and was a 2003 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. When basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain was asked his opinion on the best player of all time, he responded, "For me it would be Meadowlark Lemon."

9) Who is the all-time leading scorer in men's college basketball?


"Pistol" Pete Maravich, a guard from LSU, not only owns the three highest single season averages in Division I history, but also the highest career total. Remarkably, he scored 3,667 points (over 400 more than the next closest player) in a mere 83 games.

10) Who was the first WNBA player to dunk in a playoff game?


On August 24, 2014, Griner became the first WNBA player to dunk in a playoff game when she helped the Phoenix Mercury defeat the Los Angeles Sparks, 93-68.

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