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This Week in NBA History (Feb. 24 - Mar. 1): Stephen Curry's eruption at MSG, Pete Maravich's 68-point night & Vince Carter's career-high 51

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There have been countless moments in the 74-year history of the NBA that stand the test of the time; performances and achievements that will never be forgotten.

Throughout the season, we'll take you back in time to relive some of the best moments from the past.

This week in NBA history for the week of February 24th to March 1st:

February 25, 1977: Pistol Pete Maravic's career-high 68-point game

The 1976-77 was a special season for 'Pistol' Pete Maravich. Averaging career-highs (and league-leading numbers) of 41.7 minutes and 31.1 points per game, he scored 40 or more 13 times and thrice scored more than 50.

One of those games was against the New York Knicks at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana for the New Orleans Jazz. In a 124-107 win, Maravich went off a career-high 68 points (26-43 FGs; 16-18 FTs) while also contributing across the board with six rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks.

It's important to note that Maravich recorded this point tally before the 3-point line had even been introduced.

February 26, 2018: Anthony Davis' monster night

During his seven seasons with the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans, given his unique skill set, Anthony Davis has had plenty of games with monster stat lines across the board.

One such game came against the Phoenix Suns. In a 125-116 win, Davis recorded 53 points (16-29 FGs; 21-26 FTs), 18 rebounds, five blocks and three assists in 39 minutes of play.

He became the first player since Bob McAdoo for the Buffalo Braves in 1974 to record 50+ points, 15+ rebounds, and 5+ blocks.

February 27, 2000: Vince Carter records career-high 51 vs. Suns

A landmark game in the history of the Toronto Raptors and the career of Vince Carter.

Since joining the league in 1995, this was the Raptors' first game to be televised on NBC's prestigious Sunday afternoon broadcast. Given the stage, Carter put on a show for the national audience, just a couple of weeks after he had put the nation on notice by winning the Dunk Contest in Oakland at the 2000 NBA All-Star Weekend.

Carter erupted for 51 points (17-32 FGs; 4-8 3Ps; 13-13 FTs), the first time in franchise history a player to reach the 50-point mark. It was also a career-high for Carter.

Leading the Raptors to a 103-102 win, he also recorded nine rebounds and three steals in 43 minutes of action.

February 27, 2013: Stephen Curry's career-high 54 at MSG

Stephen Curry played all 48 minutes of this game and knocked down a then career-high 11 3-pointers on 13 attempts en route to scoring a career-best 54 points.

Before all the individual and team recognitions (MVPs and championships) came his way, this is how Curry announced himself - by catching fire at the Madison Square Garden, widely considered as the Mecca of Basketball.

However, despite all of his heroics, Curry couldn't stop his team from dropping this game 109-105 to the Carmelo Anthony-led Knicks. For more on this game, click here.

February 28, 2019: James Harden's red-hot 58-point night

In a competitive contest against the Miami Heat in Houston, the Rockets would need every one of James Harden's 58 points. He scored 17 points in the last period, helping the hosts outscore the Heat 35-20 and overcome a 12-point deficit they were facing at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

In what would be Dwyane Wade final game in Houston, Harden also recorded 10 assists, seven rebounds and four steals in the 121-118 win.

This was Harden's sixth 50-point game of the season and the first since he erupted for a career-high 61 at MSG in late January. For more on this game, click here.

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