On This Day (Jan. 5)
Notable events from NBA history that occurred on January 5.
Career Game for Webber
On this day in 2001, the Sacramento Kings' Chris Webber tallied 51 points and 26 rebounds — both career-high figures — in an overtime loss to the Indiana Pacers. Webber is the only player in the last 50 NBA seasons to record at least 50 points and 25 rebounds in a game.
Webber also dished out five assists. He’s one of only four players in NBA history to record at least 50 points, 25 rebounds, and five assists in a game. The others to do so are Bob Pettit, Elgin Baylor, and Wilt Chamberlain.
Webber attempted a whopping 47 shots from the field, making 24 of them. Both of those figures are franchise single-game records. Since the ABA-NBA merger, only three players have attempted more field goals in a game:
50 — Kobe Bryant (April 13, 2016)
49 — Michael Jordan (Jan. 16, 1993)
49 — George Gervin (April 9, 1978)
And only five players have made more field goals in a game in that span:
28 — David Thompson (April 9, 1978)
28 — Kobe Bryant (Jan. 22, 2006)
27 — Michael Jordan (Jan. 16, 1993)
26 — Pete Maravich (Feb. 25, 1977)
26 — David Robinson (April 24, 1994)
Webber also had three steals and two blocks. Since the NBA began tracking steals and blocks in 1973-74, he and Bob McAdoo are only players to record a 50-point, 20-rebound game with multiple steals and blocks.
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