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Schayes top scorer in pro hoop history
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Jan. 12, 1958

Dolph Schayes, in his 10th season with the Syracuse Nationals, needs 18 points to pass George Mikan as the highest scorer in professional basketball history. Midway through the third period of the Nationals' 135-109 victory over the Detroit Pistons, the 6-foot-8 forward sets the record.

The 29-year-old Schayes finishes with 23 points, including 11 from the foul line, as he reaches 11,770 points, six more than Mikan scored.

This is Schayes' 655th regular-season game. Mikan played in 439 games in nine seasons before retiring in 1956.

Schayes will finish his 16-year career with 18,438 points, an 18.5 average.

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