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Sport This Date in NBA History (Oct. 21): Wilt Chamberlain records 53 and 35 vs. Knicks during dominant 1961-62 season and more

13:01  21 october  2020
13:01  21 october  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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This Date In History This Date In History . In 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored an NBA - record 100 points in a single game. * * * Part I: 50 years later, 1961 - 62 season stands tall in NBA history By Fran Blinebury, NBA .com The 1961 - 62 season stands stands out as a relic that might as well have

Wilt Chamberlain was one of the most imposing figures in NBA history . The record books are indeed heavy with Chamberlain 's accomplishments. He was the only NBA player Perhaps his most mind-boggling stat was the 50.4 points per game he averaged during the 1961 - 62 season -- and if not

On October 21st in 1961, Wilt Chamberlain racked up 53 points and 35 rebounds in a 132-95 win over the New York Knicks. This was his third game, in as many nights to tip-off the season, after playing the Los Angeles Lakers in back-to-back games, on Oct. 19 and 20, where he put up 48 and 57 respectively.

During the 1961-62 season, Chamberlain averaged 50.4 points (1st), 25.7 rebounds (3rd), in 48.5 minutes (1st) of playing time for the Warriors in their final season in Philadelphia.

His minutes average goes up to 48.5 - more than the number of minutes in a regulation game - because he played all but eight minutes that season plus seven overtime games, one of which was a double-overtime and one was a triple-overtime game.

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Wilt Chamberlain was born on August 21 , 1936, in Philadelphia. He grew to a full 7 feet 1 inches tall He was named Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player for the 1959-60 season , his first of During the 1961 - 62 season – Chamberlain ’s most dominant offensively–he averaged 50.4 points

PREVIOUS SEASON | NEXT SEASON • NBA .com Special Coverage: Season of Giants -- 1961 - 62 The 1961 - 62 season would be This Date In History This Date In History . Season Review: 1961 - 62 . Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson amaze with their historic feats. Although 4,124 were in attendance, many thousands more would claim to have been there for decades afterward.

Playing a league-high 80 games, the entire 1961-62 campaign was part of Chamberlain's NBA record 126-game streak of scoring 20 or more points. In 45 of the 80 games, he scored 50 or more points including the NBA record 100-point game against the New York Knicks on March 2nd, 1962.

On the back of those astronomical numbers, Chamberlain led the Warriors to a 49-31 record - good for second in the Eastern Division and third overall. He finished second to Bill Russell in the MVP voting with a total of 152 points to Russell's 297.

That's not all. For Chamberlain and the Warriors, the season ended in heartbreaking fashion - a Sam Jones jumpshot that gave the reigning champions - the Boston Celtics - the lead with two seconds in Game 7 of the Eastern Division Finals.

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Wilt Chamberlain , whose size, strength and intimidation made him probably most dominant player His last five seasons were with the Lakers. Over all, he played 1,045 regular- season and 160 The N.B.A. records he liked best were his season records of 50.4 points a game in the 1961 - 62 season

Wilt Chamberlain tops the list with his 100-point game; Kobe Bryant is No. 2 with 81 points. Booker should have many more years to top his 70-point performance, which ties for the 10th-highest in NBA history . Equally remarkable: He was in just his third season , and there was no three-point line yet.

It goes without saying that his numbers from the 1961-62 season would never be matched.

Other notable events on Oct. 21st

  • In 1976, Hall of Famers Adrian Dantley and Alex English make their NBA debuts against each other for the Buffalo Braves and Milwaukee Bucks respectively. Dantley finished with 15 points and 19 rebounds while English recorded four points, six rebounds, and two assists in a 133-112 win for the Braves.
  • In 1972, a day after scoring a fourth-quarter record of 58 points in a 126-118 loss to the Boston Celtics, the Buffalo Braves scored an NBA record-low four points in the third quarter of a 91-63 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

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