Scored 100 Points!
There was probably no greater admirer of Wilt
Chamberlain than the old New York Knick head coach Red Holzman.
When I was writing "Holzman on Hoops" in 1990,
Red told me, "Wilt was taller than the seven-foot-one he was listed
as. And he was a bull. He worked out mainly on his own with his own
methods. He lifted a lot of weights, and did a lot of running at the
"Part of his strength was his ability to come back
from injuries," Holzman noted. "Wilt would get hurt and come
back so fast you couldn't believe it. An injury that would sideline
another player for a month or more would lay up Wilt for just a
Knick centers were given directions by Holzman, “Do
not touch Wilt if he is under the basket going up in the act of
Holzman went on to add, “Down under, there was no way
Wilt would ever miss scoring no matter how hard he was hit. He was just so
The night of nights for Chamberlain on a basketball
court took place March 2, 1962. The game was played in Hershey,
Pennsylvania, of all places. Chamberlain's Philadelphia Warrior team was
matched up against the New York Knicks. An exhibition game took place
first between players from two professional football teams - the
Philadelphia Eagles and the Baltimore Colts. Wilt was bigger and stronger
than any of the guys on those teams.
In the first quarter of the game, Chamberlain was just
warming up. He popped in 23 points, while the crowd chanted, "Give it
to Wilt! Give it to Wilt!" In the second quarter, he scored 18
points. Up to that game, the most points Wilt had ever amassed in a
contest was 78, but he had 69 points after the third quarter and seemed a
cinch to break his own standard.
But no one expected him to do what he did. Although
three Knicks each scored over 30 points in the game, no one cared. It was
With 42 seconds to go in the game, Chamberlain received
the ball under the basket and stuffed it in with two hands for his 99th
and 100th points. They had to hold up the game after he hit the century
mark. Fans mobbed the court trying to get a piece of the man they called
"The Big Dipper". All told, he hit 36 of 63 field goal attempts
and made 28 of 32 free throws for a grand total of 100 points. The
magnificent performance was a part of a 1961-62 season, in which he
averaged 50.4 points.
After the game Chamberlain told everyone who would
listen, "I wasn't even thinking of hitting 100. After putting in nine
straight free throws, I was thinking about a foul-shooting record".
Foul shots were Chamberlain’s obsession on the court -
and only real weakness as well.
Since the days of Wilton Norman Chamberlain, great
scorers have come and gone, but none of them has ever come close to
matching the record of 100 points scored in an NBA game. And the guess
here is that no one ever will.
No one ever did it better than Wilt.