MARCH 2, 1962: WILT IS THE REAL GOAT, HERE’S HIS 100-POINT GAME!

By Teddy Brenner

Fifty-nine years ago tonight, Wilt Chamberlain set the NBA single-game scoring record of 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169-147 victory over the New York Knicks in Hershey, PA.

With New York’s starting center, Phil Jordan, sidelined by the flu, Darrall Imhoff and Cleveland Buckner tried to defend him and failed.

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 Warriors 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 .511.

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