June 9, 1982

NBA awards [1981-82]

Scoring was high. The Spurs beat the Bucks 171-166 in three overtimes in the highest scoring game of all time. The Nuggets averaged a record 126.5 points and became the first (and last) team to score 100 points in every game, and the Showtime Lakers won their second championship in three seasons.



Player of the Year | Moses Malone [Rockets] 31.1 points, 14.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 52.0 2-point shooting, 76.2 free throw shooting. Malone had 38 points and 32 rebounds against the SuperSonics on Feb. 11. 2. Julius Erving [76ers] 3. George Gervin [Spurs] 4. Larry Bird [Celtics] 5. Magic Johnson [Lakers]

Rookie of the Year | Buck Williams [Nets] 15.5 points, 12.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 58.3 2-point shooting, 62.4 free throw shooting. Age [21]

Rookie of the Year | Kelly Tripucka [Pistons] 21.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 50.1 2-point shooting, 79.7 free throw shooting. Age [22]

Coach of the Year | Larry Brown [Nets] 44-38 2. Lenny Wilkens [SuperSonics] 3. Bill Fitch [Celtics]

First team
Forward | Julius Erving [76ers] 24.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 54.8 2-point shooting, 76.3 free throw shooting, 2.0 steals. Age [31]

Forward | Larry Bird [Celtics] 22.9 points, 10.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 51.4 2-point shooting, 86.3 free throw shooting. Age [25]

Center | Moses Malone [Rockets] 31.1 points, 14.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 52.0 2-point shooting, 76.2 free throw shooting. Age [26]

Guard | George Gervin [Spurs] 32.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 50.4 2-point shooting, 86.4 free throw shooting. Age [29]



Point guard | Magic Johnson [Lakers] 18.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 9.5 assists, 54.6 2-point shooting, 76.0 free throw shooting, 2.7 steals. Age [22]

Second team
Forward | Alex English [Nuggets] 25.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 55.3 2-point shooting, 84.0 free throw shooting. Age [28]

Forward | Adrian Dantley [Jazz] 30.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 57.0 2-point shooting, 79.2 free throw shooting. Age [25]

Center | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [Lakers] 23.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 58.0 2-point shooting, 70.6 free throw shooting, 2.7 blocks. Age [34]

Point guard | Gus Williams [SuperSonics]23.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 49.2 2-point shooting, 73.4 free throw shooting, 2.2 steals. Age [28]

Guard | Sidney Moncrief [Bucks] 19.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 52.9 2-point shooting, 81.7 free throw shooting. Age [24]

Honorable mention
Center | Artis Gilmore [Spurs] 18.5 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 65.2 2-point shooting, 76.8 free throw shooting, 2.7 blocks. Age [32]

Center | Robert Parish [Celtics] 19.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 54.2 2-point shooting, 71.0 free throw shooting, 2.4 blocks. Age [28]

Center | Jack Sikma [SuperSonics] 19.6 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 48.3 2-point shooting, 85.5 free throw shooting. Age [26]
— Kevin Brewer