The Cooz reaches 15,000 point plateau

Updated: October 14, 2005, 10:58 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to

Nov. 25, 1961

Bob Cousy is known as the "Houdini of the Hardwood" for his ball-handling skills. But the 6-foot-1 Boston Celtics guard can also shoot.

Early in tonight's 116-96 victory over the New York Knicks in Boston, the Cooz becomes the second player to reach 15,000 points when he hits one of his patented long one-handed push shots. The first player to get to 15,000 was Dolph Schayes of the Syracuse Nationals.

In his 12th season in the league, Cousy has been a consistent scorer. After averaging 15.6 points a game as a rookie, he has averaged between 18 and 21.7 the next 10 years.