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76ers Score Overtime Victory over Warriors in Philadelphia

Nov. 12, 1963 - With 5,817 on hand at Philadelphia’s Convention Hall to witness the San Francisco Warriors’ official return to the city from which they absconded with the 7-1 Chamberlain a season ago, the 76ers scored a crowd-pleasing 106-102 overtime victory. The home team blew a 10-point lead late in the fourth quarter, Chamberlain tying it with a field goal as the buzzer sounded, then they fell behind by an ominous four points in the overtime before the blue-chip play of forwards Lee Shaffer and Chet Walker nailed down the victory. Shaffer, the 6-7 North Carolina grad, threw in 36 clutch points and drilled an about-to-fall-on-the-seat-of-his-pants field goal that enabled the 76ers to catch the Warriors at 102-102 in the extra session. There was 1:06 left. Guard Hal Greer then delivered the eventual winner, a short jumper with 35 seconds left, and forward Ben Warley fractured the last San Francisco hope by making the first and last of a triple foul shot parley with five seconds left. “Warley was simply great on the boards in the second half,” praised 76er coach Dolph Schayes. Chamberlain started the game slowly, scoring only 8 of his 31 points in the first half, but he blocked four shots — plus some key ones later on — and the new defensive Chamberlain remained a constant specter to any 76er with an idea of driving on the basket. “We start sagging on him in the second half,” said Schayes, “and that seemed to upset him and the rest of the team, too. It put the pressure on their guards. You shoot a little differently when you know you have to hit. But this was our best ball game. We got a great deal out of everybody.”

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