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This Date in NBA History (Feb. 21): Wilt Chamberlain ties own record with 58-point game in rookie season

On Feb. 21, 1960, Wilt Chamberlain tied a record that still stands to this day.

In a matchup with the New York Knicks, Chamberlain led the Philadelphia Warriors to a 129-122 victory with 58 points on 26-for-47 shooting from the field and 6-for-9 from the free throw line.

Still in his first season, Chamberlain's outburst is tied for the most points ever scored by a rookie in a game.

Chamberlain set the record less than a month prior, scoring 58 points in a win over the Detroit Pistons on Jan. 25, 1960.

Chamberlain finished his rookie season averaging 37.6 points per game. Not only did that lead the league, it's the most points a rookie has ever averaged in a single season.

Chamberlain went on to become the first player in NBA history to win Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same season. It's been done only once since - Wes Unseld took home both awards in 1968-69.

In his career, Chamberlain won a total of seven scoring titles and four MVP awards.

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