Milwaukee Bucks: Revisiting 50-point games throughout franchise history

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Milwaukee Bucks, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
CLEVELAND, OH – JANUARY 30, 1973: Center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar /

Revisiting 50-point games throughout Milwaukee Bucks history – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

It’s only natural for us to start off this list with not only the Bucks’ all-time leading scorer, but the NBA’s as well.

Whether it was a winning an NBA title or winning the league’s Most Valuable Player award on three occasions, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar certainly packed his six-year stint in Milwaukee with numerous highlights and milestones right from the moment he was selected with the top pick in the 1969 NBA Draft.

Within that long list of achievements is Abdul-Jabbar becoming the first player in Bucks history to score 50 points in a game, which occurred during a 140-127 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on February 21, 1970 during his rookie season.

It would serve as the first of Abdul-Jabbar’s ten 50-point games throughout his historic career, all of which came during his time in Milwaukee, and a feat that ranks him ninth in NBA history as far as 50-point game scorers go.

What’s even more remarkable about Abdul-Jabbar’s legendary 50-point games during his time in Milwaukee is that half of them occurred during his second MVP-winning season in 1971-72, a year in which the ‘Big Fella’ led the league in points for the second straight year. And four of those such games came just over a month span from February 9, 1972 to March 17, 1972.

We certainly could go on and on gushing about Abdul-Jabbar’s many illustrious milestones throughout his 20-year career, but all of it speaks for itself and there’s a reason why he stands as one of the best players to grace the NBA.