Celebrating 125 years of basketball

A game that was drawn up to occupy some bored boys as winter approached at a Massachusetts gym completes 125 years this week

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A 12-time NBA All-Star who was named the league's Most Valuable Player (MVP) three consecutive times (1984?1986) (Flickr)

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After a Hall of Fame career as one of the great playmakers in basketball history, Lenny Wilkens turned to coaching and led his teams to more wins than any other coach in NBA history

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Lakers star Kobe scored 81 points against Toronto Raptors, the second highest score in NBA and highest score in over four decades. Kobe also shares a record for most three-pointers in a game, which is 12

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LeBron James isn't done rewriting the NBA's history books, but he's already left a few indelible marks on this sport. He became the first player in NBA history to rank in the top 10 in playoff wins, points, rebounds and assists

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The Most Valuable player in 2002 and 2003, Tim Duncan won 1,001 games under Gregg Popovich, the most ever for a player-coach duo in NBA history. (Flickr)

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The eleven-time NBA All-Star, Allen Iverson won the All-Star game MVP award in 2001 and 2005 and also became NBA's Most Valuable Player in 2001

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Earvin "Magic" Johnson was the only player in NBA history to average at least 22.5 points, 12 assists and 6 rebounds for a season(Flickr)

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Warrior is the word often applied to Patrick Ewing. One of the finest shooting centers to play, he left the game as the New York Knicks' all-time leader in nearly every significant category and the game's 13th all-time scorer with 24,815 points

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Scoring 19.2 points per game during his career, playing in 1,122 games, and racking up 21,586 points (14th on the all-time list) over the course of 15 NBA seasons, Hal Greer was the model of consistency

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Stephen Curry is currently one of the most promising players in NBA. He broke the previous record of 12 made three-pointers in one game held by Kobe Bryant after scoring 13 in the game against the New Orleans Pelicans

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This man needs no introduction. Five-time NBA MVP; Six-time NBA champion; Six-time NBA Finals MVP; Ten-time All-NBA First Team, are some of the highlights from his career

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Dirk Nowitzki, a great rebounder, recorded 10,000 rebounds making him the first and only player in America's professional league to have scored 25,000 points, collected 10,000 rebounds, made 1,000 blocks and scored 1,000 three-pointers

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's retirement marked the end of an era for the NBA. No NBA player in the world has been able to break his records of most points scored(38,387) and the record for most MVP awards(6)

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Steve Nash went on to produce one of the best statistical careers by a point guard in NBA history before announcing his retirement. He finished his career ranked third on the NBA's all-time assist leaderboard with 10,335 assists and won back-to-back MVP awards in 2004-05 and 2005-06 with the Suns