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"Ice Man" gets hot, wins NBA scoring title

Updated: April 3, 2002, 11:45 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

April 9, 1978

In one of the great NBA shootouts, David Thompson takes aim first. On the final day of the season, in his attempt to overtake San Antonio's George Gervin for the scoring title, the Denver Nuggets star pours in an NBA-record 32 points in the first quarter on his way to 73 points in a 139-137 loss in Detroit. Only Wilt Chamberlain has ever scored more in an NBA game.

Gervin, playing later in the day in the Superdome, knows he needs 58 points to win the scoring crown. ...

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