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Since the 1963-64 NBA season, there have been 80 players to score 35 points in their first game of the season (not team game). Of these 80, can you name the twenty-six (26) whose 35+ point game was higher than any game they scored the previous season?

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EC: Eastern Conference, WC: Western Conference, Three (3) players did it twice.
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Info:Player:Position:
1989 - (54), 1988 - (53)SG - (EC)
1986 - (50), 1985 - (33)SG - (EC)
1985 - (47), 1984 - (45)SF - (WC)
2000 - (44), 1999 - (40)SG - (EC)
2001 - (43), 2000 - (42)SF/SG - (EC)
1992 - (42), 1991 - (37)SG/SF - (EC)
2016 - (40), 2015 - (38)SG - (EC)
1967 - (39), 1966 - (38)PF/C - (EC)
1988 - (39), 1987 - (37)SF - (WC)
2002 - (39), 2001 - (36)PG - (WC)
1995 - (39), 1994 - (31)PG - (WC)
1988 - (39), 1987 - (38)C - (WC)
1996 - (38), 1995 - (27)SG - (EC)
2013 - (38), 2012 - (32)SG - (WC)
2014 - (38), 2013 - (36)PG - (WC)
Info:Player:Position:
2015 - (37), 2014 - (27)SG/PG - (WC)
1990 - (37), 1989 - (24)SF/PF - (WC)
1991 - (37), 1990 - (36)SF/PF - (WC)
1998 - (36), 1997 - (35)PG - (EC)
1989 - (36), 1988 - (32)PG/SG - (EC)
2002 - (36), 2001 - (35)SF/PF - (WC)
1966 - (36), 1965 - (32)SF/PF - (EC)
2005 - (35), 2004 - (30)PG - (WC)
2004 - (35), 2003 - (31)C - (EC)
1978 - (35), 1977 - (32)SF/SG - (EC)
2016 - (35), 2015 - (33)SF - (WC)
1989 - (35), 1988 - (29)SG/PG - (EC)
1980 - (35), 1979 - (29)SG - (WC)
1994 - (35), 1993 - (31)PG - (WC)

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