SPORTS HISTORY IN BLACK: Moses Malone reaches scoring milestone

The late Moses Malone was one of the most talented but unsung players in NBA history. For his career, he averaged 20.3 points per game and 12.3 rebounds. And when he was
added to the Philadelphia 76ers back in the 1982-1983 season via trade from the Houston Rockets, he allowed his team to take its game to another level and win a title. Eventually, Malone would move on from the 76ers and go play for Washington Bullets, Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks, before finding his way back to the 76ers in the 1993-1994 season.

When Malone made his way back to Philly, he was not the same player that he was earlier
in his career. He averaged only 5.3 points per game in 11 minutes per game in limited
minutes. But when he was on the court, he was as effective as he had been during his entire career.

Philadelphia 76ers’ coach Billy Cunningham wipes the victorious brow of Moses Malone, holding the team’s NBA World Championship trophy after winning game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, June 1, 1983. To the left is 76ers Julius Erving. Photo credit: The Associated Press

In those limited minutes on March 22, 1994, Malone hit a free throw and, in doing that, he
passed Elvin Hayes for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Unfortunately, that
milestone came in a 125-91 loss to the Charlotte Hornets

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