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Nearly six decades ago, the legendary Wilt Chamberlain made a remarkable achievement.
On March 2nd, 1962, an NBA league record was set for individual points scored. It was taken care of by the legendary Wilt Chamberlain, who scored exactly 100 points in an away game against the New York Knicks in the Philadelphia jersey. The Philadelphia Warriors otherwise won with a score of 169: 147.
One of the best basketball players in NBA history scored 23 points in the first quarter and 41 points by halftime. The sequel was also remarkable. He was already at number 69 after three quarters, but when he surpassed the 80-point mark in the final quarter, many New York fans also started cheering for him. They demanded that the ball get into his hands in the attack.
"I got to 80 points, no one had ever scored so many baskets before. I was tired, but the spectators demanded a hundred. That is what I did," Chamberlain recalled later of the phenomenal performance.
He finished the entire 1961/62 season with unattainable records.
On average, he spent 48.5 minutes on the floor, the Warriors only finished a few games after extra time, and he also scored 50.4 points per game.
The season before, he collected 27.2 rebounds per game, which is also an NBA league record, in the 1961/62 season, after which the Warriors moved to San Francisco, he had ‘only’ 25.7 rebounds per game.
Wilt ended his career with two titles (Philadelphia 76-ers 1967 and Los Angeles Lakers 1972), averaging 45.8 minutes, scoring 30.1 points, the number could have been much higher if he had at least a solid free throw performance, and 22.9 jump.
He died in 1999 at the age of 63 from heart problems.
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