Today in sports history November 15th, 1960. Elgin Baylor dropped 71 points for the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden, the mecca of basketball. The Lakers won the game 123- 108 and Elgin Baylor added 25 rebounds to his 71 point total. In reality just thinking about the odds of someone like Baylor scoring 71 points without a three point line is incredible. To make matters even more incredible, Elgin Baylor was only in his 2nd year in the NBA after winning rookie of the year
Today in sports history November 15th, 1960 Lakers legend Elgin Baylor dropped 71 points
— George Jarjour (@gjarjour) November 15, 2020
Elgin Baylor in a way is actually a Seattle legend too. Elgin Baylor attended the University of Seattle and led the University of Seattle to the 1958 Final Four. Then with the number 1 overall pick in the 1958-1959 draft the Minneapolis Lakers selected Elgin Baylor first overall.
Not gonna lie, had no idea Elgin Baylor led Seattle U. to the 1958 Final Four. pic.twitter.com/LX1ERBuazO
— Darnay Tripp (@DarnayTripp) September 9, 2016
The 71 points dropped by Elgin Baylor remains 8th all time in points in a single game.