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Pregame meals and in-season diets are essential for athletes to provide them with the nutrition needed to continuously perform at a high level when on the court. But what if that meal consisted of 47 chicken wings?

For Cheap Alvan Adams Jersey, that seemed to be an easy feat that led to one of the greatest performances in NBA history.

After being named the 1975-76 Rookie of the Year, Adams continued to provide a dominant presence in the paint while also being one of the best distributing big men in his time. However, off the court, his teammates knew him for something else, an ultimate foodie with a limitless stomach.

“In general, Alvan had a big appetite and he was cheap,” teammate Cheap Paul Westphal Jersey said.

When the Suns used to go out to dinner in the 1970s, the bill was simply split evenly by however many people were dining. Unfortunately for everyone else, this made it all too easy for Adams to go above and beyond a normal serving size.

“Once Alvan understood that, he would always order more than everybody else,” Westphal said. “If someone else ordered two entrees, he’d order three. He could eat like nobody I’ve ever seen.”

The Suns visited Buffalo to tip-off against the Braves once a season and that one time meant that it was a necessity of Adams to dine at one of the most iconic chicken wing restaurants in the country, Frank & Teressa’s Anchor Bar – Home of the Original Buffalo Chicken Wings.

“We had heard of all these buffalo wings and it was legendary,” Westphal said. “Bill Russell used to send the trainer out in the snow in Buffalo to bring him back these wings from the Anchor Bar. So, Alvan went there and he just loved these wings.”

Not only did Adams love the Anchor Bar, but with the amount of wings Adams would order, it was pretty certain they loved him back.

“I would gladly eat chicken wings anytime at the Anchor Bar,” Alvan said. “We usually ate multiple dozens of chicken wings. So, three dozen, four dozen, I don’t remember exactly.”

On February 21, 1977, one night before their game against the Braves during his sophomore season, Adams went above and beyond what anyone could have imagined.

“Alvan ate 47 chicken wings,” Westphal said. “He loved them. He just kept eating. He wasn’t really trying to set a record. He was just hungry.”

While eating 47 wings in one sitting is already impressive, what he did the next night made it historic.

On February 22, 1977, Adams not only matched the Suns single-game record for points at the time, but also matched the number of wings he ate with a 47 points performance.

Adams did far more than merely score 47 points a night after eating 47 wings but added in a monstrous triple-double as well. The big man tallied 18 rebounds, 12 assists and five blocked shots, one shy of what would ultimately be the career highs in each category for his entire career.

“I look back at the stats and it says I scored 47 with a bunch of rebounds and a bunch of assists. I was like, ‘Who guarded me?’ Obviously, nobody,” Adams said. “Bob McAdoo was on that team. I always got worn out chasing him around. He didn’t play that game for some reason. Maybe he’s the one who ate the chicken wings and got sick.”

To put this performance into perspective, there have only been six games in NBA history where a player has recorded at least 45 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists, with four NBA MVPs accounting for the other five games (Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird and James Harden twice). Of these, Adams is the only player since blocks became a stat (1971) to also record five blocks (Basketball-Reference).

Presumably, he is also the only player to also eat 47 hot wings the night before.

The deeper you dive into the metrics the more legendary the chicken wing game becomes. Game Score is a metric created by John Hollinger to roughly measure a player’s productivity for a single game. Basketball-Reference tracks Game Score dating back to 1983-84.

The Suns top ranked games include Cheap Devin Booker Jersey 70 point night (a score of 54.5), Cheap Charles Barkley Jersey 56 point playoff game vs the Warriors (52.6), Amar’e Stoudmire’s 49 point game against Indiana (50.2) and Cheap Tom Chambers Jersey 60-point performance against Seattle. There has only been a total of 24 performances by any NBA player with a game score above 50 since 1983, including these four by Suns.

While Adams’ Game Score cannot be calculated exactly as turnovers were not kept in the box score at the time, it would estimate to fall in the range of 48-53. Meaning, not only would it grade as one of the top performances in Suns history but would arguably be one of the top 25 most productive all-around games in NBA history.

Again, the night after eating 47 chicken wings.

But if 47 wings meant a 47-point triple-double, what could 50 wings equate to?

“We only played in Buffalo once a year,” Westphal said. “He couldn’t wait until the next year when we were going back to buffalo. He said, ‘I’m going to eat 50 wings.’ And he did. He ate 50 wings, got sick and couldn’t play the next game.”

However, this is not how Adams remembers this story going and he brought the facts to prove it.

“So, fact checking by Cole Mickelson, our in-house historian and archivist, verified my side of the story,” Adams said. “My side of the story is that I was hit with tonsillitis before Christmas in my third season. I missed three or four weeks including the week in Buffalo. I missed that game because I was not with the team because of tonsillitis.”

Even 40 years later, Westphal still isn’t buying it.

“There’s no way. He may have got it on a technicality. Maybe he missed a year. He ate 50 wings because he was going to go for it, but then he couldn’t play the next game. That is the true story.

While the 50-wing illness may have some disputes, the 47-wing game will continue to live on as one of the most legendary stories leading to one of the most historic performances in Suns history.

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The Suns played their first game in a week and dropped an extremely winnable game, 108-104, to a depleted Memphis team in a loss that could haunt them later in the season.

Prior to tipoff, we learned Monty Williams made an adjustment to the Suns starting lineup by plugging in Cam Johnson for Jae Crowder, which is likely to be the big talking point coming out of the game aside from Devin Booker’s poor shooting night.

First Half
It was an understandably slow (and sloppy) start to the game as Phoenix looked to find its’ rhythm in the first 4 minutes or so, but after an Ayton throw down and Paul bullet pass to Bridges in transition that led to a Memphis timeout they looked more settled in.

Jevon Carter and Cheap Frank Kaminsky Jersey combined for three quick 3 pointers off the bench which led to a Memphis timeout yet again. Cheap Devin Booker Jersey really struggled in his first 10 minute stint, going 1-for-7 with 1 turnover and a technical foul. The first quarter was finished strong after a pair of triples from Cheap Jevon Carter Jersey and Chris Paul to close the quarter with the Suns leading Memphis 24 to 18. The Suns did a magnificent job on Morant in the 1st quarter, holding him scoreless on 0-3 shooting with 3 turnovers.

Chris Paul and Cheap Deandre Ayton Jersey hooked up for a nice pick and roll alley oop that many Suns fans envisioned they’d see a lot more frequently this season.

The Suns really struggled to find any consistency throughout the first half, as they would rely on a few hot streaks to keep them afloat after many cold stretches. Booker was mostly nonexistent and a negative impact in the 1st half, and they were held together through the strong play of Deandre Ayton and the bench’s strong three point shooting. Heading into the half the Suns trailed Memphis 52-48 after leading by as many as 10 points.

Second Half
Phoenix struggled mightily to start the third quarter as they tried to force feed Deandre Ayton which led to choppy game play and a series of carless turnovers. Cheap Jae Crowder Jersey hit a couple threes to keep them hanging around midway through the quarter.

Deandre Ayton had (in my opinion) the most impressive dunk of his career that really shifted the momentum of the game.

The defensive intensity for both teams picked up quite a bit towards the end of the third quarter with a lot of long possessions late in the shot clock from both teams. Heading into the 4th and final quarter Memphis led by a pair with the score sitting at 77-75.

The start of the 4th quarter had a better flow offensively for both clubs as it went back and forth, trading buckets quickly. Cheap Chris Paul Jersey started to play bit more aggressive hitting a couple mid-range jumpers and Cam Johnson drilled two threes to start the quarter off.

Phoenix pulled ahead by 6 points after a Cam Payne three and Cheap Mikal Bridges Jersey transition drive after a missed dunk by Brandon Clarke.

After Memphis cut the lead down to 2, Jae Crowder made an excellent pass on a cut by Mikal Bridges who had a chance to make a three point play by missed the free throw.

Booker missed a dunk and then a three pointer on consecutive possessions which allowed Memphis to recapture the lead at 101-98 after he left Grayson Allen wide open. A series of unfortunate events. They made one last push at the end after a Mikal Bridges three, but Grayson Allen sealed the deal at the free throw line and it was too little too late.

Star of the Game
Deandre Ayton: 18 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block on 7-of-14 shooting.

Despite the loss, this was by my favorite offensive game from Ayton this season due to how he scored his points. He completed a season-high of 5 dunks, including a couple posters and made a couple assertive moves off the dribble that got him to the charity stripe. He also controlled the game on the glass, making a ton of winning plays when they needed him most. If only the rest of the team showed up.

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March 2, 1951: In the first NBA All-Star Game, the Eastern Conference defeated the Western Conference 111-94 at Boston Garden.

April 21, 1951: In the first Game 7 in NBA Finals history, the Rochester Royals defeated the New York Knicks 79-75. The Knicks remain the only team in Finals history to force a Game 7 after trailing 3-0.

50th

March 8, 1971: The Milwaukee Bucks extended their winning streak to 20 games with a 104-99 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics, making them the first team in NBA history to have a 20-game winning streak in a season. The streak ended the next day with a 110-103 overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls.

April 21, 1971: Bob Cousy and Bob Pettit were among those inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

April 30, 1971: The Milwaukee Bucks, led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson, clinched their first NBA championship, defeating the Baltimore Bullets 118-106 to sweep the 1971 NBA Finals in four games.

40th

May 3, 1981: The Boston Celtics rallied from a double-digit deficit for the third consecutive game to defeat the visiting Philadelphia 76ers 91-90 in Game 7 of the 1981 Eastern Conference Finals, completing their comeback from a 3-1 series deficit. The last four games of the series were each decided by one or two points.

May 5, 1981: Called “the greatest play I’ve ever seen” by Red Auerbach, the Boston Celtics’ Larry Bird converted a remarkable shot in the fourth quarter of a 98-95 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the 1981 NBA Finals. Anticipating that he had missed a jump shot from the right of the key, Bird raced to the right baseline, grabbed the rebound on the run with his right hand, switched the ball into his left hand as his momentum was taking him out of bounds, and laid the ball in the basket.

35th

January 25, 1986

The Washington Bullets’ Manute Bol blocked 15 shots in a 111-103 win over the Atlanta Hawks, now tied for the second most in NBA history behind Elmore Smith’s 17 blocks.

Feb. 8, 1986: Rookie Spud Webb, a 5-7 guard for the Atlanta Hawks, edged teammate Dominique Wilkins to win the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest in Webb’s hometown of Dallas. On the same day, the Boston Celtics’ Larry Bird won the inaugural NBA All-Star Three-Point Contest.

Feb. 14, 1986: The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the NBA’s career leader in minutes played, passing Elvin Hayes’ record of 50,000. Abdul-Jabbar reached the milestone in a 141-117 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Feb. 18, 1986: The San Antonio Spurs’ Alvin Robertson recorded the second quadruple-double in NBA history, finishing with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals in a 120-114 win over the Phoenix Suns.

May 21, 1986

Ralph Sampson made a miraculous turnaround shot at the buzzer as the Houston Rockets eliminated the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers 114-112 in Game 5 of the 1986 Western Conference Finals.

30th

Jan. 15, 1991: The Utah Jazz’s John Stockton handed out 28 assists in a 124-102 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, finishing two assists shy of Scott Skiles’ NBA record of 30.

Feb. 9, 1991: The Chicago Bulls’ Craig Hodges made a record 19 consecutive shots during his semifinal round of the NBA All-Star Three-Point Contest in Charlotte. He went on to win the second of his three straight event titles.

March 18, 1991: The Philadelphia 76ers retired Wilt Chamberlain’s No. 13 jersey.

April 15, 1991: The Los Angeles Lakers’ Magic Johnson surpassed Oscar Robertson as the NBA’s all-time assists leader at the time, reaching the milestone in a 112-106 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. (John Stockton is now No. 1 in career assists and Johnson ranks fifth.)

June 5, 1991: The Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan made one of his signature baskets – a layup on which he switched hands in midair – during a 107-86 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of the 1991 NBA Finals.

June 12, 1991: The Chicago Bulls won their first NBA championship by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 108-101 in Game 5 of the 1991 NBA Finals.

25th

Jan. 30, 1996: Playing in his first regular-season game since the 1990-91 season, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Magic Johnson finished with 19 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in a 128-118 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

Feb. 17, 1996: The Detroit Pistons retired Isiah Thomas’ No. 11 jersey.

Feb. 20, 1996: The Utah Jazz’s John Stockton became the NBA’s all-time steals leader, passing Maurice Cheeks during a 112-98 victory over the Boston Celtics.

March 1, 1996: The Atlanta Hawks’ Lenny Wilkens became the first coach in NBA history to record 1,000 career victories, reaching the milestone in a 74-68 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

April 6, 1996: The Charlotte Hornets’ Robert Parish passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the NBA’s all-time leader in games played, reaching the milestone in a 93-89 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

April 16, 1996: The Chicago Bulls became the first team in NBA history to win 70 games in a season, reaching the milestone with an 86-80 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

April 21, 1996: The Chicago Bulls defeated the Washington Bullets 103-93 to finish the 1995-96 season with a 72-10 record and an .878 winning percentage, eclipsing the NBA records of 69-13 and .841 by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. (The 2015-16 Golden State Warriors broke the Bulls’ records by finishing 73-9 for an .890 winning percentage.)

April 21, 1996: The Houston Rockets’ Hakeem Olajuwon passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the NBA’s all-time leader in blocked shots, reaching the milestone in a 118-110 victory over the Phoenix Suns in the final regular-season game of the 1995-96 season.

April 24, 1996: The NBA Board of Governors approved the concept of a Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) to begin play as a summer league in 1997.

May 14, 1996

The Los Angeles Lakers’ Magic Johnson permanently retired as an NBA player.

June 26, 1996: The famed 1996 NBA Draft took place at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. The draft featured three NBA MVP winners: No. 1 Allen Iverson (Philadelphia 76ers), No. 13 Kobe Bryant (Charlotte Hornets) and No. 15 Cheap Steve Nash Jersey (Phoenix Suns).

July 11, 1996: The Los Angeles Lakers acquired Kobe Bryant’s draft rights from the Charlotte Hornets for Vlade Divac.

20th

Jan. 5, 2001: The Sacramento Kings’ Chris Webber scored 51 points and grabbed 26 rebounds in a 93-91 overtime loss to the Indiana Pacers.

Jan. 13, 2001: The Atlanta Hawks retired Dominique Wilkins’ No. 21 jersey.

Feb. 11, 2001: The Philadelphia 76ers’ Allen Iverson scored 15 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Eastern Conference rallied from a 19-point deficit after three quarters to stun the Western Conference 111-110 in Washington, D.C., in the 50th NBA All-Star Game.

March 6, 2001: The Portland Trail Blazers retired Clyde Drexler’s No. 22 jersey.

March 23, 2001: The Toronto Raptors blocked an NBA-record 23 shots in a 112-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. The Raptors’ Keon Clark blocked 12 shots off the bench.

March 24, 2001: The Utah Jazz’s Karl Malone passed Moses Malone to become the NBA’s career leader in free throws made, reaching the milestone in a 119-93 victory over the Washington Wizards.

March 30, 2001: The Philadelphia 76ers retired Cheap Charles Barkley Jersey No. 34 jersey.

April 5, 2001: The Dallas Mavericks’ Wang Zhizhi became the first Chinese player to play in an NBA regular-season game, scoring six points and grabbing three rebounds in eight minutes in a 108-94 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

April 18, 2001: The Miami Heat’s Cheap A.C. Green Jersey played his final NBA regular-season game and extended his record streak of consecutive games to 1,192. Green finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds in Miami’s 103-91 victory over the Orlando Magic.

May 20, 2001: The Philadelphia 76ers edged the visiting Toronto Raptors 88-87 in Game 7 of the 2001 Eastern Conference Semifinals after Toronto’s Vince Carter narrowly missed a potential game- and series-winning jump shot at the buzzer.

June 6, 2001: Allen Iverson scored 48 points as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 107-101 in overtime in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals, marking the Lakers’ only loss in 16 games in the 2001 NBA Playoffs. The Lakers’ Shaquille O’Neal finished with 44 points and 20 rebounds.

15th

Jan. 22, 2006: The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant scored 81 points in a 122-104 home victory against the Toronto Raptors. Bryant recorded the second-highest point total in NBA history, behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game on March 2, 1962.

March 8, 2006

In the first major professional sporting event in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city more than six months earlier, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets 113-107 before a capacity crowd of 17,744 at New Orleans Arena.

March 23, 2006: The Utah Jazz retired Karl Malone’s No. 32 jersey.

March 30, 2006: The Indiana Pacers retired Reggie Miller’s No. 31 jersey.

June 13, 2006: Trailing 2-0 in the series and facing a 13-point deficit with less than seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Miami Heat rallied to defeat the Dallas Mavericks 98-96 in Game 3 of the 2006 NBA Finals. Miami’s Dwyane Wade finished with 42 points and 13 rebounds in the first of four consecutive victories for the Heat, which won its first NBA championship.

10th

Feb. 15, 2011: Bill Russell, an 11-time NBA champion, five-time NBA MVP and one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

March 4, 2011: In the first NBA regular-season game in Europe, the New Jersey Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors 116-103 at The O2 in London.

April 1, 2011: The Detroit Pistons retired Dennis Rodman’s No. 10 jersey.

May 3, 2011: The Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose was named the 2010-11 NBA MVP at age 22, the youngest winner in league history.