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This Date in NBA History (Nov. 23, IST): Wilt Chamberlain records 50-point, 40-rebound double-double

On Nov. 23, 1964, Wilt Chamberlain had a game for the history books.

Representing the San Francisco Warriors, Chamberlain scored 50 points on 21-for-39 shooting from the field and grabbed 40 rebounds against the Detroit Pistons.

The Pistons, however, overcame his monster numbers with a collective effort.

As many as six Detroit players scored in double figures, led by Dave DeBusschere's 19 points. Meanwhile, Donnie Butcher was the team's biggest contributor with his near triple-double stat line of 11 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.

Chamberlain's 50-40 game is one of only five in NBA history. Chamberlain is responsible for all five of them. In fact, he is also responsible for all eight 40-40 games in NBA history.

This game is one of many "unbreakable" scoring and rebounding records that Chamberlain owns, the most well-known being his season averages of 50.4 points in 48.5 minutes per game in 1961-62. A few other striking ones include: most 50-point games (118), most consecutive league scoring titles (seven, tied with Michael Jordan), games with 50 or more points in a single season (45) and most rebounds in a single game (55).

For all records held by Chamberlain, click here.

Other notable events on Nov. 23

  • In 1950, the Fort Wayne Pistons and the Minneapolis Lakers played the lowest-scoring game in NBA history. The Pistons defeated the Lakers 19-18 in Minneapolis.
  • In 1961, Bob Pettit connected on all of his 19 free-throws, then an NBA record, in a 141-121 loss to the Boston Celtics.
  • In 1992, Rick Adelman recorded his 200th coaching victory as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Pistons, 115-90. At the time, he was the quickest to reach 200 wins in NBA history - 288 games.
  • In 1994, Don Nelson became the first individual in NBA history to participate in 2,700 career games as a player or coach (both regular season and playoffs). Later in the 1994-95 season, Lenny Wilkens passed Nelson for most NBA appearances ever as a player and coach combined.

Recent game-winning buzzer-beaters on Nov. 23

Harrison Barnes vs. Memphis Grizzlies in 2017

Kevin Garnett vs. New York Knicks in 2009

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