On March 2nd, 1962, Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain scored 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors against the New York Knicks. The final score in the game was 169-147 Warriors.
Two things were missing from this game, DEFENSE and the 3-POINT LINE. Obviously I was not alive to actually see this game: Wilt was even deceased decades before I was born but I know my history. The 25 yr-old Wilt imposed his will on the Knicks and received help form his teammates, as they kept giving him the ball even when he already broke his previous scoring record at 78 points. The Knicks players were indignant, claiming Wilt's efforts were unsportsmanlike, but they couldn't stop him from scoring. By the end of the third quarter Wilt scored 69 points and fans at the game screaming "Give It To Wilt! Give It To Wilt!".
53 years later, Wilt's record still stands. I know records are meant to be broken, but this is one record I don't think anyone will ever break. Kobe was the closest to challenge the record with his 81 point performance against the Toronto Raptors on January 22nd 2006.
That was an overtime game and he was still 20 points shy of Wilt's 100. WIlt's performance was before his time. People in that era didn't really notice the feat until years later. Sports news wasn't "front page" material as it is now; there were no TV cameras or smartphones and few sports writers. If this remarkable feat happened in today's era, ESPN would have ran the story in the ground within the first week.
Wilt will go down in history as on of the most dominant big men to ever play and one of the greatest to step on the hardwood. Technology will flourish, generations will pass, and the world will end but three things that will still be here, Roaches, Twinkies, and Wilt's 100 point record.
Few headlines from that game and season:
- Only 4,124 fans (at $2.50 a ticket) attended the game
- 36-for-63 from the field and 28-for-32 from the foul line
- Wilt averaged 50.4 ppg, 25.7 rpg,(NBA Records), 50% from the field 1961-1962 season also the only player to reach 4,000 points, 4,029
- He held the previous scoring record at 78, set 3 months prior.