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This Day In Sports History (March 2nd) – Wilt Chamberlain

by: JamieD On  Friday, March 2, 2012
Tags:  Basketball   NBA   Wilt Chamberlain  

It was on this day in 1962 that Wilt Chamberlain scored an incredible 100 points in a single NBA game.  Chamberlain accomplished the feat while playing for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169-147 win over the New York Knicks.

Wilt broke five records in that game: points in a quarter with 31, points in a half with 59, field goals made with 36, field goals attempted with 63 and free throws made with 28.  Only one of the these records has since been broken, as George Gervin and Carmelo Anthony have each scored 33 points in a single quarter.

A few years ago Kobe Bryant came relatively close to the record by dropping 81 points against the Toronto Raptors.  Even with superstars like Bryant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade currently playing in the NBA, this record seems to be safe for the time being.

Here is a clip of Wilt doing his thing.

Notable Birthdays

Henrik Lundqvist, NHL – Born March 2nd 1982 (age 30) in Are, Sweden

Ben Roethlisberger, NFL – Born March 2nd 1982 (age 30) in Lima, Ohio

Reggie Bush, NFL – Born March 2nd 1985 (age 27) in San Diego, California




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