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On this date: Wilt Chamerblain scores 78 points with 43 rebounds in a 3OT loss to the Los Angeles Lakers

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Wilt Chamberlain [NBA Getty Images]

On this date in 1961, Wilt Chamberlain put together the third-highest single-game point total in NBA history scoring 78 in a triple overtime loss for the Philadelphia Warriors against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Chamberlain had 78 points on 62 shots, going 16-for-31 from the free throw line with 43 rebounds. The Warriors lost 151-147 behind a 63-point, 27-rebound double-double from Lakers' James Worthy. So that has us thinking, what are the top-10 highest single-game point totals in NBA history?

Top-10 highest single-game point totals in NBA history

10. Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns - 70 points

Stat line: 45 minutes - 70 points (21-40 FG, 4-11 3PT, 24-26 FT), eight rebounds, six assists, three steals

Result: 130-120 loss at Boston Celtics

Celtics' top performer: Isaiah Thomas - 34 points, seven assists

Suns' next top performer: Alex Len - 11 points, six rebounds, two assists, two blocks

9. David Robinson, San Antonio Spurs - 71 points

Stat line: 44 minutes - 71 points (26-41 FG, 18-25 FT), 14 rebounds, five assists

Result: 112-97 win at Los Angeles Clippers

Clippers' top performer: Terry Dehere - 26 points, three rebounds, two assists

Spurs' next top performer: Dennis Rodman - eight points, 17 rebounds, three assists

8. Elgin Baylor, Los Angeles Lakers - 71 points

Stat line: 45 minutes - 71 points (28-48 FG, 15-19 FT), 25 rebounds

Result: 123-108 win at New York Knicks

Knicks' top performer: Willie Naulls - 35 points, 14 rebounds, three steals

Lakers' next top performer: Rudy LaRusso - 15 points, six rebounds, one assist

7. Wilt Chamberlain, San Francisco Warriors - 72 points

Stat line: 48 minutes - 72 points (29-48 FG, 14-18 FT), 18 rebounds

Result: 127-115 loss at Los Angeles Lakers

Lakers' top performer: Jerry West - 49 points, nine rebounds, five assists

Warriors' next top performer: Guy Rodgers - 15 points, five rebounds, four assists

6. David Thompson, Denver Nuggets - 73 points

Stat line: 43 minutes - 73 points (28-38 FG, 17-20 FT), seven rebounds

Result: 139-137 loss at Detroit Pistons

Pistons' top performer: M.L. Carr - 25 points, nine rebounds, two steals

Nuggets' next top performer: Dan Issel - 14 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds

5. Wilt Chamberlain, San Francisco Warriors - 73 points

Stat line: 48 minutes - 73 points (29-43 FG, 15-19 FT), 14 rebounds

Result: 127-11 win at New York Knicks

Knicks' top performer: Richie Guerin - 32 points, seven rebounds, six assists

Warriors' next top performer: Guy Rodgers - 13 points, 12 assists, eight rebounds

4. Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors - 73 points

Stat line: 48 minutes - 73 points (29-48 FG, 15-25 FT), 36 rebounds

Result: 135-117 win vs. Chicago Packers

Packers' top performer: Walt Bellamy - 35 points, 23 rebounds, four assists

Warriors' next top performer: Paul Arizin - 26 points, 11 rebounds, three assists

3. Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors - 78 points

Stat line: 63 minutes - 78 points (31-62 FG, 16-31 FT), 43 rebounds, one assist

Result: 151-147 loss vs. Los Angeles Lakers (3OT)

Lakers' top performer: Elgin Baylor - 63 points, 31 rebounds, seven assists

Warriors' next top performer: Paul Arizin - 19 points, 10 rebounds, three assists

2. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers - 81 points

Stat line: 42 minutes - 81 points (28-46 FG, 7-13 3PT, 18-20 FT), six rebounds, three steals, two assists

Result: 122-104 win vs. Toronto Raptors

Raptors' top performer: Mike James - 26 points, 10 assists, two steals

Lakers' next top performer: Chris Mihm - 12 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks

1. Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors - 100 points

Stat line: 48 minutes - 100 points (36-63 FG, 28-32 FT), 25 rebounds, two assists

Result: 169-147 win at New York Knicks

Knicks' top performer: Richie Guerin - 39 points, eight rebounds, six assists

Warriors' next top performer: Guy Rodgers - 11 points, 20 assists, seven rebounds

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