The Philadelphia Warriors traveled to Toronto on a bad jag. Losers of four of their last five, the Warriors were settling back down toward .500 and in danger of being overtaken by Providence for third place in the Eastern Division. The good news was that the only team they had beaten during their recent slide was the Toronto Huskies on the 9th. That was also the night when Joe Fulks lost his BAA single game scoring mark of 37 points when Steamrollers guard Dino Martin dropped 40 on the Cleveland Rebels.
The Huskies came into the game still stuck in low gear. With a record of 11-17, only the miserable Boston Celtics kept them from the division basement.
A crowd of 2,500 at Maple Leaf Gardens watched the Warriors start the game on an 8-0 run. Led by Fulks and Angelo Musi, who was deadly from long range during the contest, Philadelphia dominated the first half and went into the locker room with a 46-24 lead, 20 of those by Fulks.
In the second half it was more of the same. Musi and Fulks continued to control the game with their precision bombing. To make matters worse for the Huskies, they were simply awful from the line, missing 16 of their 28 charity opportunities for the contest. With four minutes to go, Fulks tallied his 41st point, reclaiming the single game mark. Eddie Gottlieb then took him out of the game to a hearty ovation from the appreciative Toronto fans. The only drama remaining was whether the Warriors would break the league record for the most points in a game by a team, and they did. Winning 104-74, they bested by one the previous mark set by the St Louis Bombers against Chicago on New Year’s Day.
Fulks’ 41 was accompanied by Musi’s 24 points to pace the Warriors. Leo Mogus netted 13 to lead Toronto in scoring. Philadelphia improved to 15-13 with the win, staying a game and a half ahead of Providence who also won on the night, but they were still eight games behind the division-leading Capitols.
January 14, 1947
Maple Leaf Gardens
Warriors 104, Huskies 74