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Pete Maravich's 68 points a record
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Feb. 25, 1977

Midway in the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks, a New Orleans Jazz teammate tells Pistol Pete Maravich, "You better get a new firing pin, Pistol, 'cause you're wearing that one out."

Pistol keeps on firing, and by the time he fouls out with 1:18 remaining, he has 68 points, the most ever for a guard in the NBA. "I could have scored more," Maravich says. "I missed a lot of easy shots early in the game."

In breaking the record of 63 set by the Los Angeles Lakers' Jerry West in 1962, Maravich connects on 26-of-43 field goals and 16-of-19 free throws in the Jazz's 124-107 victory in the Superdome in New Orleans. He also has six assists and six rebounds in his 43 minutes.

He scores 17 in the first quarter, 14 in the second, 17 in the third and 20 in the fourth in bettering his previous high of 50. "He was phenomenal," says Knicks coach Red Holzman.

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