Elvin Hayes Rumors
Murray and Mitchell took the record away from Jerry West and John Havlicek, who, in fairness, had their own unbelievable shootout with slightly higher stakes at hand, in the 1969 Finals. The two Hall-of-Fame ball-handlers combined for 463 points in that series, 12 fewer than what Murray and Mitchell just put up. The other highest-scoring playoff series duos all likewise took place in the 1960s and ’70s – Bob McAdoo and Elvin Hayes in the 1975 conference semifinals (461 points), Elgin Baylor and Bob Pettit in the 1961 division finals (461 points) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Rick Barry in the 1977 conference finals (450 points).
Joseph Duarte: . @ElvinHayes44 on the passing of his former teammate Wes Unseld: “If you had to go to war and wanted one guy to go with you, it would be Wes Unseld. You wanted him in the middle. He really brought it every night, all the time.”
Justin Kubatko: Zion Williamson recorded the 15th 20-point game of his young career last night. Fewest games needed to reach that mark: 15 – Wilt Chamberlain, 1959-60; 16 – Elvin Hayes, 1968-69; 17 – George Mikan*, 1948-49; 17 – Williamson, 2019-20. * Played in the NBL the previous season. pic.twitter.com/Yija01Zu3N
Justin Kubatko: Zion Williamson is just the sixth player to record at least 10 20-point games in the first 12 games of his NBA career: ✅ George Mikan* ✅ Wilt Chamberlain ✅ Walt Bellamy ✅ Elvin Hayes ✅ Terry Cummings ✅ Williamson * Mikan played in the NBL the previous season. pic.twitter.com/iO4aLNYeOB
Chase Hughes: Bradley Beal is now tied with Earl Monroe for 5th in Wizards/Bullets franchise history for most 40-point games. He has 10. The guys still ahead of him: Gilbert Arenas (28) Walt Bellamy (23) Bernard King (13) Elvin Hayes (11)
According to Basketball Reference, only 10 different players in NBA history have ever recorded a 30-30 game. For comparison’s sake, Major League Baseball has seen 23 individuals throw a perfect game and there’s only been 12 people to ever walk on the surface of the moon. It’s not this particular game that was so incredible, but really, Howard’s body of work this season as a whole. He’s on pace to be the first player age 32 or older since Artis Gilmore in 1983 to average at least 16.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks for an entire NBA campaign. Elvin Hayes is the only other player to ever accomplish this feat, doing so twice from 1977-79.