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This Date in NBA History (March 12): Kyrie Irving (57) in 2015 and Larry Bird (60) in 1985 record career-highs

Let's begin with Larry Legend.

On this date in 1985, Larry Bird went off in Lakefront Arena, New Orleans for a career-high 60 points on a surreal efficiency of 61.1% shooting (22-of-36).

He also recorded 7 rebounds and 3 assists while making 15 of his 16 free-throw attempts in 43 of a possible 48 minutes on the floor.

Seven other Celtics scored in double figures but it was Bird's hot hand that led them to a 126-115 victory against the Atlanta Hawks, who were led by Dominique Wilkins - 36 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals.


The Kyrie show in San Antonio

Very early on in his career, Kyrie Irving showed the potential to catch fire.

So, the first year that he had a competitive team around him when LeBron James returned to Cleveland in 2014, it gave Irving the platform to shine.

On this date in 2015, he put on a clutch performance in San Antonio against the defending champions en route to a career-high 57 points.

Irving made 62.5% of his field-goal attempts (20-of-32) including a late three to force overtime. He then went on to score 11 of the team's 18 points in the extra period as the team won the thriller 128-125.

He made all of his seven three-pointers attempted and also recorded 5 assists, 4 steals, and 3 rebounds in the 47 minutes played.


Other notable events on March 12

  • In 1972, it was Bill Russell Day at the Boston Garden and his No. 6 jersey was retired to the rafters in an afternoon ceremony.
  • In 1992, Don Nelson became the first player in NBA history to participate in 2,500 NBA games as a player and coach (regular season and Playoffs).
  • In 1998, Hakeem Olajuwon joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history with at least 24,000 points, 12,000 rebounds and 2,500 assists.

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