Mar. 2, 1962 - Wilt Chamberlain set an NBA single-game scoring record of 100 points tonight as the Philadelphia Warriors defeated the New York Knicks, 169-147. The combined score was a league record as well. Chamberlain toppled many records with his awesome display: for field goals (36), free throws (28 of 32), most points for a quarter (31), and most points for a half (59). The crowd of 4,124 shrieked, “Give it to Wilt, give it to Wilt,” as the Philadelphian scored again and again on his fallaway shots. The Knicks tried to stall and then mob Chamberlain with defense in an effort to slow him down. When Wilt hit 100 a few seconds before the end of the game, the fans swarmed onto the court. The game was held up until they were removed. After the game, Wilt said: “I wasn’t even thinking of hitting 100. After putting in 9 straight free throws, I was thinking about a foul-shooting record. It was my greatest game.” He credited his teammates. “It would have been impossible to score this many if they hadn’t kept feeding me,” he said.
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