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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Chamberlain reaches century mark
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com


March 2, 1962

In a season in which he averages 50 points, Wilt Chamberlain puts on the most dominating performance of his career when he scores the incredible total of 100 points. "It's a record I'd hate to try to break myself," says the Philadelphia Warrior center.

Perhaps more amazing than the 100 points is that Chamberlain, a notorious poor foul shooter, makes 28-of-32 free throws in the 169-147 victory over the Knicks. "I wasn't even thinking of hitting 100, but after putting in nine straight free throws I was thinking about a foul-shooting record," he says. "It was my greatest game."

When the 7-foot-1 center reaches the century mark on a dunk with 46 seconds left, many in the crowd of 4,124 in Hershey, Pa., swarm the court to mob him.

Chamberlain connects on 36-of-63 field goals (both records) in breaking his own NBA mark of 78 points, set earlier this season in triple overtime. He also breaks the record for most points in a half with 59 in the final two periods.





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