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Pistons Top Hawks as Pettit Breaks Record

Feb. 10, 1963 - The Detroit Pistons beat the St. Louis Hawks 102-95 tonight despite the hot shooting of Bob Pettit (pictured), who went over the 17,000-point mark for his NBA career. Pettit made his 17,000th point with 11 minutes remaining in the game and finished with 36 for the day. He is second in all-time NBA scoring to Dolph Schayes of Syracuse. The Hawks grabbed a quick lead in the first quarter and stayed close to the Pistons until midway in the final period when the visitors’ rugged board play and a sudden cold spell by the Hawks decided the outcome. Bailey Howell led the Pistons with 22 points and Ray Scott had 21 in an evenly balanced attack that dealt the Hawks their third straight home-court defeat.

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