First NBA game played – HISTORY

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On November 1, 1946, the New York Knickerbockers beat the Toronto Huskies in the first NBA game, 68-66. The Knickerbockers are led by guard Leo Gottlieb, who scored 14 points in the game played before 7,090 fans at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. 

Although they lost to the Knickerbockers (now known as the Knicks), the Huskies had the game’s highest scorers: big men Ed Sadowski (18 points) and George Norstrand (16 points). The latter was the center of a marketing campaign to draw fans to the game—a newspaper ad offered free admission for any fan who stood taller than the 6-foot-8 Norstrand. The more vertically challenged fans bought tickets that ranged from 75 cents to $2.50.



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