One Man One Hundred Points

By | Mar 2, 2012

Wilt Chamberlain was in the middle of his third NBA season when he did what had never been done before or since. He scored 100 points in a single game. That game was played on March 2, 1962.

Chamberlain’s Philadelphia Warriors (now Golden State) were playing a home game against the New York Knicks. Even though it was a home game for the Warriors they were playing in the Hersheypark Arena, in Hershey PA.

It was a cold Friday evening when 4,124 paying spectators enjoyed the once in a life time event. It’s possible that many in attendance weren’t even basketball fans, since players from the football teams Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Colts played in a show basketball game before the NBA game started.

As the game progressed and Chamberlain passed his own single game record of 79 with 7:51 left in the game, the crowd sensing a game that would go into the history books, cheered each time that the Warriors had the ball to give it to Chamberlain.

Chamberlain scored his 100th point with less than a minute to play. The crowd went wild and stormed the court. After a long delay the last 46 seconds of the game was finally played. In the game Chamberlain made 36 of 63 field-goal attempts (all 2 point attempts since the 3 point rule had not been instituted) and 28 of 32 free-throw attempts.

The final score was Philadelphia – 169 and the New York Knicks – 147. The 316 points still stands as the record for the most points scored in a regulation game. Twice overtime games have had more points scored.


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