MARCH 2, 1962: PHILLY’S WILT (THE GOAT) CHAMBERLAIN SCORED 100!

Read how Wilt’s teammates Al Attles and Tom Meschery remember it in the New York Times.

By Tom Brennan

Tonight is the 60th anniversary of one of the most amazing feats in all sports history.

It took place in Hershey, PA, and it points up why, in this age of the Great of All Time debates, Philly’s Wilt Chamberlain is surely at the top of the list.

On March 2, 1962, Chamberlain set the NBA single-game record by scoring 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169-147 victory over the New York Knicks.

Chamberlain was a dominant offensive force, unstoppable on his way to the basket, yet he was also a fine all-around athlete who took pride in developing the all-around skills to compete with players a half-foot shorter.

He certainly was unstoppable that night in Hershey, where the Warriors played a few of their “home” games in order to attract additional fans.

With New York’s starting center, Phil Jordan, sidelined by the flu, Chamberlain could not be contained by Darrall Imhoff and Cleveland Buckner. He scored 23 points in the first quarter and had 41 by halftime, then tallied 28 in the third quarter, when the fans began to chant, “Give It To Wilt! Give It To Wilt!”

That’s exactly what the Warriors did, feeding Chamberlain at every opportunity in the fourth quarter. The Knicks tried fouling other Philadelphia players to keep the ball away from Chamberlain, but the Warriors countered by committing fouls of their own to get the ball back.

Finally, Chamberlain took a pass from Joe Ruklick and hit a short shot with 46 seconds left to give him 100 points. Fans raced onto the court and play was halted as Chamberlain went to the locker room, where PR man Harvey Pollack scrawled “100” on a piece of paper and had Chamberlain hold it up for photographers.

In obliterating his previous NBA scoring record of 78 points set less than three months earlier, Chamberlain shot 36-for-63 from the field and 28-for-32 from the foul line, a remarkable feat for a man whose career free throw percentage was a weak 51.1%.

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