On March 2, 1962, Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain scored a record 100 points as he assisted the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169-147 victory over the New York Knicks.
Chamberlain scored 23 points in the first quarter and totaled 41 by half time. After accumulating 28 points in the third quarter, totaling 69, fans started cheering, “Give It To Wilt! Give It To Wilt!”
Philadelphia listened to their fans despite New York’s efforts to foul the Warriors, giving Chamberlain the opportunity to score 31 points in the fourth quarter.
Chamberlain concluded the 1961-62 season averaging over 50 points a game and as the only player to accumulate more than 4,000 points in one season.
Even though Chamberlain scored high numbers regularly, he has the fifth most career points for an NBA player with 31,419. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar claimed the most with 38,387.
Chamberlain played with the University of Kansas Jayhawks for two years before entering the professional rankings. The center holds the record for most points scored in a game. Kobe Bryant scored 81 in January 2006, making himself second.
“As time goes by,” Chamberlain reflected more than three decades later, “I feel more and more a part of that 100-point game. It has become my handle, and I’ve come to realize just what I did.”
Chamberlain was inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with the class of 1979.
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