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This Day in NBA History: Wilt Chamberlain completes historic 1961-62 season with record-setting average of 50.4 points per game

On March 14, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain played the final game of a historic individual season in the NBA.

That season, the 7'1" center played all 80 games to average league-leading numbers - 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds per game in 48.5 minutes. His points per game and minutes per game averages from this season are untouchable all-time NBA records.

Here's a look at the all-time NBA records Chamberlain holds from that season alone:

Most points scored in a season 4,029
Most 50-point games in a season 45
Most consecutive 50-point games 7
Most 40-point games in a season 63
Most consecutive 40-point games 14

It was during this season, on March 2nd, that the Hall of Famer set the NBA's single-game scoring record of 100.

In fact, three of the top four performances on the NBA's single-game all-time charts were set by Chamberlain during this season - 73 on Jan. 13 vs. Chicago Packers (tied 4th all-time), 78 on Dec. 8 vs. the Los Angeles Lakers (3rd most all-time) and 100 on Mar. 2 vs. the New York Knicks.

During the season, he also set the All-Star Game record with 42 points (17-of-23 FG & 24 REBS) which was only broken 55 years later, in 2017, ago by Anthony Davis's 50-point MVP performance.

Leading from the front with such godly numbers, Chamberlain led the Philadelphia Warriors (now, the Golden State Warriors) to a 49-31 record in the regular season - good for second in the Eastern Division behind the league-best Boston Celtics.

After defeating the Syracuse Nationals 3-2 in the Division Semifinals, the Warriors lost to the eventual champions - the Celtics - in a grueling 7-game Division Finals series.

Another notable event on March 14th

In 1960, as a rookie, Chamberlain scored a then-playoff record 53 points (still a rookie playoff scoring record) in the third and deciding game of the Division Semifinals series between the Syracuse Nationals and the Philadelphia Warriors.

For the 1959-60 season, Chamberlain was named both Rookie of the Year and MVP - one of only two players to have done so in NBA history (Wes Unseld is the only player to achieve the feat in 1969).

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