Monday, January 13, 2014

Chamberlain Scores 73

On Jan. 13, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored a then-NBA record 73 points as his home team Philadelphia Warriors defeated the Chicago Packers 135-117. The point total was the most scored by an individual in a regulation NBA game.

The record has been eclipsed since then, by two players, Chamberlain himself later in the 1962 season with 100 points, against the New York Knicks in a 169-147 win, and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2006 against the Toronto Raptors with 81 points.

Chamberlain’s 73-point output remains the third-highest total in NBA history to this day behind his 100-point game and Bryant’s 81-point game.

Chamberlain was a very decorated athlete during his NBA tenure winning two NBA Championships, in 1967 with the Philadelphia 76ers and in 1972 with the Los Angeles Lakers; he was also the NBA Finals MVP in 1972.

He was awarded the NBA MVP award four times, in 1960, and three consecutive years from 1966-1968. He was a 13-time NBA All-Star, and the All-Star game MVP in 1960, as well the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1960.

Chamberlain was a seven-time NBA scoring champion as he won the title every year from 1960-1966. He was an 11-time NBA rebounding champion.

Chamberlain was named to the All-NBA First Team seven times, All-NBA second team three times. He was named to two NBA All-Defensive First Team’s.

He is the still the All-Time leading scorer for the Golden State Warriors.

Chamberlain was a member of the NBA 35th and 50th Anniversary Teams.

His no. 13 jersey has been retired by the Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers.

He is still one of only two players to average more than 30 points per game, the other being Michael Jordan. Both averaged 30.1 points per game.