There have been some memorable days and nights in the history of New Orleans sports. One of them occurred 40 years ago Saturday.
The Jazz called New Orleans home for five years, and perhaps the most memorable performance of that era was Pete Maravich’s franchise-record 68 points against the New York Knicks on Feb. 25, 1977.
Keep in mind that in 1977, there was no three-point line in the NBA. Four decades later, Maravich’s effort remains the Jazz record for points in a game.
For a decade, four franchise scoring records were set in New Orleans.
In addition to the Pistol’s performance, Larry Bird scored 60 points for the Boston Celtics against the Atlanta Hawks at UNO’s Lakefront Arena in 1985 – the Hawks played 12 “home” games in the Crescent City that season – and Damon Stoudamire scored 54 points against the then-New Orleans Hornets in 2005.
Until last February, the Pelicans franchise record of 50 points by Jamal Mashburn was set at home, but Anthony Davis topped it with 59 points at Detroit.
Whether or not you were in the Superdome to witness Maravich’s performance, relive it here: