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On This Date: Wilt Chamberlain scored an NBA record 100 points vs. the New York Knicks in 1962

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On this date, Wilt Chamberlain, as a member of the Philadelphia Warriors, set a single-game scoring record by finishing with 100 points in a regular season game against the New York Knicks in 1962.

Along with his points tally, he also recorded 25 rebounds and 2 assists on 36-of-63 shooting [blocks were not recorded at that time]. His performance led the Warriors to a 22-point win at the Hershey Sports Arena, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Chamberlain was setting scoring records all through the 1961-62 season, a campaign where he averaged an NBA record 50.4 points per game over 80 games.

He played 15 seasons in the NBA, representing three teams - Philadelphia Warriors (San Francisco Warriors), Los Angeles Lakers, and the Philadephia 76ers. His #13 jersey has been retired by all these teams.

He won two championships in his career, one as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers (1967) and the other with the Lakers (1972).

In 1972, he was named the Finals MVP, the first and only such honour in his career.

Among other of Chamberlain's achievements include - 4-time league MVP, 13-time All-Star, 1960 All-Star Game MVP, 10 All-NBA selections (7 first and 3 second team), 1960 Rookie of the Year, 7-time scoring champion, and 11-time rebounding champion.

In 1978, he was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was subsequently elected into NBA's 35th anniversary Team of 1980 and was chosen as NBA's 50 Greatest Players in NBA history in 1996.

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