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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) What player won All-Star Game MVP, NBA MVP, and NBA Finals MVP awards in 2000?


In 2000, Shaquille O'Neal became just the third player to sweep MVP honors for the season, capturing the All-Star Game MVP, which he shared with San Antonio's Tim Duncan, NBA MVP, and NBA Finals MVP awards. O'Neal joined Willis Reed (1970) and Michael Jordan (1996).

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) What NBA player retired unexpectedly on November 7, 1991?


Earvin "Magic" Johnson retired unexpectedly on November 7, 1991, after disclosing that he had tested positive for the HIV virus. Johnson, who helped lead the Lakers to five NBA titles in his twelve seasons with the team, retired as the league all-time leader in career assists with 9,921. Johnson returned briefly as an active player for 32 games during the 1995-96 season.

6) 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.

7) What team did Wilt Chamberlain finish his NBA career with?


Wilt Chamberlain finished his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers (1968-73). He had previously played for the Philadelphia Warriors (1959-62), the San Francisco Warriors (1963-64), and the Philadelphia 76ers (1964-68).

8) Who won the Nestle Crunch Slam Dunk Contest on February 6, 1988?


The Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan won the Nestle Crunch Slam Dunk Contest on February 6, 1988, with a perfect score of 50 on his final dunk in front of an appreciative hometown crowd at Chicago Stadium.

9) Who sank a 60-foot shot on April 29, 1970?


On April 29, 1970, Los Angeles Lakers guard Jerry West showed he deserved his nickname, "Mr. Clutch," when he hit a 60-foot desperation shot at the buzzer to tie Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the New York Knicks. The Lakers went on to score just six points in overtime, however, and lost to the Knicks 111-108.

10) Who was the first Chinese player to play in an NBA game?


On April 5, 2001, Wang Zhizhi of the Dallas Mavericks became the first Chinese player to compete in the NBA. Wang had six points and three rebounds in 108-94 win over Atlanta.

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