Wilt Chamberlain 100 Point Game Achievement Still Stands 50 Years Later
Wilt Chamberlain’s legendary achievement of scoring 100 points in a single game still holds true over 50 years later. Chamberlain’s seemingly impossible achievement has yet to be broken by NBA greats including Michael Jordan, Lebron James, and even Kobe Bryant whose 81 point game back in 2006 holds second only to Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game in NBA history.
Kobe Bryant’s 81 point game included seven three-point field goals, a shot that didn’t so much as exist back in the season of 1961-62 in which Chamberlain claimed his title of highest NBA scorer in a single game. Three-point field goals, otherwise known as three-pointers, were adopted by the NBA in 1979.
The infamous game took place on March 2, 1962 in Hershey, PA. The small city which held less than 15,000 residents had no idea that their little chocolate city would play host to a basketball game in which one particular player would achieve a greatness which has yet to be matched, let alone surpassed.
After driving his Cadillac the 170 miles from New York City to Hershey, Wilt went on to lead the Philadelphia Warriors to victory against the New York Knicks with a score of 169-147 and then returned to NYC in the company of a top Knicks’ player. If you’re confused by the concept of Chamberlain driving from NY to PA in order to play for what was the Pennsylvania Warriors, the reality is that Wilt was a resident of Central Park in West Manhattan as he enjoyed the social atmosphere and Big Wilt’s Smalls Paradise which was the Harlem nightclub he owned.
Strangely enough, there was no television broadcast and only one photographer was present for the entire duration of the game. Additionally, none of the NYC newspaper companies sent writers to the game. As national telecast coverage of basketball games and related news was rather limited in the early 1960s, the lack of coverage for Will Chamberlain’s epic achievement was nothing short of ordinary for the times.
Wilt Chamberlain Death
Catch yourself wondering how did Wilt Chamberlain die? With a history of heart complications, Chamberlain eventually died at the age of 63 on October 12, 1999 in Bel-Air, California. According to his agent Sy Goldberg, Wilt died from congestive heart failure.
Which NBA player do you think will beat Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game?