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This Day In Sports History (March 24th) – Magic Johnson & Larry Bird

by: JamieD On  Monday, March 24, 2014
Tags:  Basketball   Larry Bird   Magic Johnson   NBA  

Magic Johnson

It was on this day in 1979 that Magic Johnson and Larry Bird lead their respective teams to the 1979 NCAA finals.  Magic’s Michigan State team would destroy Penn State by a score of 101-67, while Bird’s Indiana State would beat out DePaul 76-74.

Both Magic and Larry would have outstanding games in their respective semi-final games.  Magic registered a triple-double, with 29 points to go along with his 10 rebounds and 10 assists, as he was nearly perfect that day going 9-for-10 from the field and 11-for-12 from the free throw line.  As for Bird, he would narrowly miss a triple-double of his own with 35 points, 16 rebounds and 9 assists.

Michigan State and Indiana State would go on to face each other in the NCAA championship game, as this would mark the beginning of one of sports’ biggest rivalries.

Here is a clip of Bird vs. Magic.

Notable Birthdays

Peyton Manning, NFL – Born March 24th 1976 (age 38) in New Orleans, Louisiana

T.J. Ford, NBA – Born March 24th 1983 (age 31) in Houston, Texas

Chris Bosh, NBA – Born March 24th 1984 (age 30) in Dallas, Texas