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On This Date: January 8

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Thursday, January 8, 1987

John Stockton of the Utah Jazz dished out 22 assists in a 107-101 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls scored 53 points in a 121-117 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Wednesday, January 8, 1986

Manute Bol of the Washington Bullets blocked 10 shots in a 109-97 loss to the Phoenix Suns.

Tuesday, January 8, 1980

George Gervin of the San Antonio Spurs scored 53 points in a 137-134 win over the Denver Nuggets.

Thursday, January 8, 1976

Phil Smith of the Golden State Warriors scored 51 points in a 129-113 win over the Phoenix Suns.

Thursday, January 8, 1970

Tom Boerwinkle of the Chicago Bulls pulled down 37 rebounds in a 152-123 win over the Phoenix Suns.

Tuesday, January 8, 1963

Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics pulled down 36 rebounds in a 118-112 win over the San Francisco Warriors.

3-time All-Star Bill Bridges made his NBA debut for the St. Louis Hawks in a 99-96 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Tuesday, January 8, 1957

1-time NBA All-Star Calvin Natt was born in Monroe, Louisiana.