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On January 13, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain, playing for the Philadelphia Warriors, scored 73 points while pulling down 36 rebounds versus the Chicago Packers (now the Washington Wizards). At the time, it was the second most points scored in a game in league history — the most were Chamberlain’s 78 points in 1961 (later in 1962 he would shatter his record with a 100-point game).

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The 7-foot-1 center hit 29 field goals and 15 free throws in leading Philly to a 135-117 victory. He poured in 23 points in the 4th quarter, after scoring 14 in the 1st, 19 in the 2nd and 17 in the 3rd.


In November of the same year, Chamberlain again scored 73 points while playing for the San Francisco Warriors. Playing on the road at Madison Square Garden, the big man helped SF outpace the Knicks 127-111.

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Chamberlain only pulled down 14 rebounds during the game — ten below his league-leading season average of 24.3.


Cementing his status as the NBA’s greatest offensive player, Chamberlain owns the top three single-season scoring records — and no one else comes close. In 1961-62, he managed to average a staggering 50.4 points over 80 games. The following season he dipped to “just” 44.8 per game. In 1960-61 he averaged 38.4 points per contest.