Monday, November 4, 2013

Chamberlain Scores 72

On Nov. 3 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 72 points for the San Francisco Warriors against the Los Angeles Lakers. This was one of four games in 1962 in which Chamberlain scored at least 72 points. The highlight was the 100 points he scored in March of 1962.

Chamberlain holds numerous NBA all-time records in scoring, rebounding and durability categories. He is the only player to score 100 points in a single NBA game or average more than 40 and 50 points in a season. He also won seven scoring, nine field goal percentage, and eleven rebounding titles, and once even led the league in assists.

Although he suffered a long string of professional losses, Chamberlain had a successful career, winning two NBA championships, earning four regular-season Most Valuable Player awards, the Rookie of the Year award, one NBA Finals MVP award, and being selected to 13 All-Star Games and ten All-NBA First and Second teams.

Chamberlain was subsequently enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978, elected into the NBA's 35th Anniversary Team of 1980, and chosen as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History of 1996.

After his basketball career ended, Chamberlain played volleyball in the short-lived International Volleyball Association, was president of the organization, and is enshrined in the IVA Hall of Fame for his contributions.