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Monday, December 10, 2001
Chamberlain begins record streak, scoring 50

By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com

Dec. 16, 1961

Two days after Wilt Chamberlain has his consecutive streak of scoring at least 50 points stopped at five - he's "held" to 43 points by the Syracuse Nationals - the Philadelphia Warrior center begins a new streak. Against the Chicago Packers he scores 50 to start an NBA record seven-game scoring tear of at least 50 points.

If not for that "off" night against Syracuse, Chamberlain would have scored at least 50 points in 13 consecutive games.

Chamberlain will score at least 50 points 45 times this season and average 50.4 points a game, both NBA records. He will score at least 50 points in his career 118 times; Michael Jordan is second with 30.