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Wilt Chamberlain after scoring 100 points against the Knicks | © Wikipedia
Wilt Chamberlain after scoring 100 points against the Knicks | © Wikipedia
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Wilt Chamberlain Dominates NBA Single-Game Scoring Records

Picture of Michael LoRé
Sports Editor
Updated: 2 March 2017

On March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points (yes, you read that correct!) in a single basketball game. Chamberlain, arguably the greatest player of all-time, is the first and only player to reach triple digits in an NBA game, doing so in a 169-147 victory for the Philadelphia Warriors over the New York Knicks.

Chamberlain had 23 points in the first quarter, 18 in the second (41 at halftime), 28 in the third quarter and finished the game with 31 in the fourth for the scoring record, surpassing his then-mark of 78 points set December 8, 1961. Nicknamed “The Stilt”, Chamberlain was 36 of 63 on field-goal attempts and 28 of 32 from the free throw line against the Knicks.

Setting NBA scoring marks was nothing new for the iconic 7-foot-1 center. He scored 70 or more points in six games throughout his illustrious playing career that included: two NBA Championship titles (1967, ’72), a Finals MVP (’72), four league MVP honors (’60, ’66-68), 13 All-Star selections, seven NBA scoring titles and 11 NBA rebounding titles. Chamberlain, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978, has had his No. 13 jersey retired by the Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers.

Check out the top-10 single-game point records in NBA history:

Player (Team) Points Date
Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia Warriors) 100 March 2, 1962
Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakes) 81 January 22, 2006
Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia Warriors) 78 December 8, 1961
Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia Warriors) 73 January 13, 1962
Wilt Chamberlain (San Francisco Warriors) 73 November 16, 1962
David Thompson (Denver Nuggets) 73 April 9, 1978
Wilt Chamberlain (San Francisco Warriors) 72 November 3, 1962
Elgin Baylor (Los Angeles Lakers) 71 November 15, 1960
David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs) 71 April 24, 1994
Wilt Chamberlain (San Francisco Warriors) 70 March 10, 1963