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03-02-2012, 08:18 PM
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50-Year Anniversary of Wilt's 100-Point Game

Today, March 2, 2012, is the 50th anniversary of Wilt's amazing 100-point game.

March 2, 1962. Hershey, Pennsylvania. 4,000 fans present. No TV.

Wilt had 69 points at the end of three. When he found that out, he really turned on the jets and got the 100. Wiki's account:

He scored his 79th point with 7:51 left, breaking his own record and sending the crowd into a frenzy. The 4,124 spectators screamed, "Give it to Wilt! Give it to Wilt!"[21] After he reached 80, the crowd yelled for 100. Chamberlain thought, "Man, these people are tough. I'm tired. I've got 80 points and no one has ever scored 80." The Warriors continued giving Chamberlain the ball.[50] Warrior Al Attles later explained, "We wanted that Wilt got the record, because we all liked him." Attles himself led by example, passing up on an easy layup so that Chamberlain could score points 88 and 89, five minutes before the end.
After missing his first shot, Luckenbill rebounded and passed to Chamberlain, but he missed again. Luckenbill again rebounded and this time passed to Ruklick: instead of going for an easy layup, he immediately lobbed a high pass to Chamberlain.[57] With 46 seconds left, Chamberlain got free from the five Knicks, jumped high and put the ball into the basket to hit the century mark.

For those of you who are interested, NBATV will be rebroadcasting a special at 11 p.m. tonight. Channel 472 on Time Warner Cable in the southern California area.

Nexus: Wilt Chamberlain played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1969 through 1973, sharing the Fabulous Forum with the Los Angeles Kings, an expansion team from 1967.

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