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On This Day (Nov. 8)
Notable events from NBA history that occurred on November 8.
Threes & Dimes
On this day in 2021, the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry had 50 points and 10 assists in a 127-113 win over the Atlanta Hawks. At 33 years and 239 days old, Curry became the oldest player in NBA history to record at least 50 points and 10 assists in a game.
Curry shot 9-19 from 3-point range. This is one of 38 career games in which Curry made at least nine 3-pointers, equalling the total of the next six closest players combined:
38 — Curry
9 — James Harden
9 — Damian Lillard
8 — Klay Thompson
5 — JR Smith
4 — Kobe Bryant
3 — nine players tied
Lillard’s First 60-Piece
On this day in 2019, the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard scored 60 points in a loss to the Brooklyn Nets. It was the first of three 60-point games for Lillard that season.
The only other player in NBA history to record at least three such games in a single season is Wilt Chamberlain, who did so twice: 15 in 1961-62 and nine in 1962-63.
In fact, only five other players in NBA history have recorded at least three 60-point games in their entire career:
32 — Wilt Chamberlain
6 — Kobe Bryant
4 — Michael Jordan
4 — James Harden
3 — Elgin Baylor
40 Points, No 2-Pointers
On this day in 1994, the Detroit Pistons’ Joe Dumars set franchise single-game records for 3-pointers made (10) and attempted (18) in a 126-112 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. His 10 3-pointers made also tied the NBA single-game record at the time (now 14 by Klay Thompson).
Dumars became the first — and still only — player in NBA history to record a 40-point game without making a 2-point field goal. His 40 points came on 10 3-pointers and 10 free throws.
He only attempted one 2-pointer, the fewest such attempts in NBA history by a player who scored at least 40 points in a game.
Rare Triple-Double for Pettit
On this day in 1961, the St. Louis Hawks' Bob Pettit had 28 points, 25 rebounds, and 10 assists in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Pettit is one of only five players in NBA history to record at least 25 points, 25 rebounds, and 10 assists in a single game:
Chamberlain achieved the feat a remarkable 12 times. Everyone else did so once.
Baylor Sets Scoring Record
On this day in 1959, the Minneapolis Lakers’ Elgin Baylor scored a then-NBA-record 64 points and added 17 rebounds in a win over the Boston Celtics. A little more than one year later (Nov. 15, 1960), Baylor became the first player in NBA history to record a 70-point game.
Baylor is one of only seven players in NBA history to record at least 60 points and 15 rebounds in a game, and he and Wilt Chamberlain are the only players with multiple such games:
Wilt Chamberlain (30 times)
Elgin Baylor (3 times)
Baylor is also the only player in NBA history to record a 60-point, 15-rebound game in the postseason. He scored a Finals-record 61 points and grabbed 22 rebounds in Game 5 of the 1962 NBA Finals.