(1977) Pete Maravich scores a career-high 68 points vs the Knicks
On this day in history, February 25th of 1977, Pistol Pete Maravich scored 68 points in a 124-107 victory over the New York Knicks. 68 without a 3-point line. 68 without being a 7-footer. 68 against a team with hall of famers Earl Monroe, Bob McAdoo, Bill Bradley, Phil Jackson and Walt Frazier. Granted most of those guys were near the end of their careers but Pete actually outscored all of them combined by 20 points.
Maravich fouled out with a minute left in the game and after the game casually said, “I could have scored more. I missed a lot of easy shots early in the game.”
His final stat line in 43 minutes was 68 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists. 26-of-43 from the field and 16-of-19 from the line. He scored 17 in the 1st quarter, 14 in the 2nd, 17 in the 3rd and 20 in the 4th.
As an encore, Maravich scored 40 points in his next game, which gave him a three game total of 146 points. That’s a lot of shooting even for a guy named Pistol.