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In Today's Basketball History: January 12th

January 12, 1966
Red Auerbach of the Boston Celtics recorded his 1,000th career victory (regular season and playoffs), 114-102 over the Los Angeles Lakers in Boston.

January 12, 1971
33-year-old Lenny Wilkens of Seattle became, at the time, the oldest MVP in All-Star history as he scored 21 points in the West’s 108-107 win in San Diego. Michael Jordan became the oldest All-Star Game MVP when he captured the award in 1998, nine days short of his 35th birthday.

January 12, 1996
Boston’s Dana Barros misses all nine of his three-point attempts during the Celtics’ 105-92 loss to visiting New York, ending his NBA record streak of consecutive games with at least one three-pointer at 89.

January 12, 2000
Charlotte Hornets guard Bobby Phills died in an automobile accident near Charlotte Coliseum, following the team’s shootaround. He was 30 years old. The Hornets’ game that evening against the Chicago Bulls was postponed and rescheduled. The nine-year NBA veteran became a member of the Hornets on August 19, 1997, when he was signed as a free agent. In 1998, he was one of four finalists for the NBA’s Sportsmanship Award and started the Bobby Phills Educational Foundation.