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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Wilt was NBA king

  • This past week marked the 50th anniversary of what I consider the greatest individual accomplishment in professional sports history.


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  • This past week marked the 50th anniversary of what I consider the greatest individual accomplishment in professional sports history.
    On March 2, 1952, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in his Philadelphia Warriors’ 169-147 win over the New York Knicks.
    No live footage of the game exists, since it was played in a 4,000-seat arena in Hershey, Pa., and there was no ESPN in those days.
    Chamberlain, who stood 7-feet, 1-inch, scored 23 points in the first quarter, 18 in the second, and 28 in the
    third to enter the fourth quarter with 69 points.
    Chamberlain scored his 100th point in the final minute of the game.
    Another remarkable statistic of the game is that Chamberlain, who was a 51 percent career free-throw shooter, went 28-for-32 in this game.
    Chamberlain averaged 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds that season. He had 55 rebounds one game against the great Bill Russell of the Celtics and blocked 26 shots one game.
    Michael Jordan, considered by many to be the greatest basketball player ever, scored more than 50 points 31 times. Chamberlain did it 45 times in one year in the 1951-52 season.
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