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This Date in NBA History (Nov. 16): Wilt Chamberlain scores 73 points - the fourth-highest total in NBA history

NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain owns some of the league's most impressive records - most notably for scoring 100 points in a game.

On Nov. 16, 1962, Chamberlain delivered the fourth-highest points total in NBA history, scoring 73 points for the San Francisco Warriors on 29-of-43 from the field and 15-of-19 from the free-throw line, adding 14 rebounds.

Chamberlain scored 45 of his 73 in the first half to lead the Warriors to a 127-111 win over the New York Knicks, tying the mark he set earlier in the year after he dropped 73 points on the Chicago Packers in January.

Highest scoring games, NBA history
Player Date Team Opponent Points
Wilt Chamberlain Mar. 2, 1962 Philadelphia Warriors New York Knicks 100
Kobe Bryant Jan. 22, 2005 Los Angeles Lakers Toronto Raptors 81
Wilt Chamberlain Dec. 8, 1961 Philadelphia Warriors Los Angeles Lakers 78
Wilt Chamberlain Jan. 13, 1962 Philadelphia Warriors Chicago Packers 73
Wilt Chamberlain Nov. 16, 1962 San Francisco Warriors New York Knicks 73
David Thompson Apr. 8, 1978 Denver Nuggets Detroit Pistons 73
Wilt Chamberlain Nov. 3, 1962 San Francisco Warriors Los Angeles Lakers 72
Elgin Baylor Nov. 15, 1960 Los Angeles Lakers New York Knicks 71
David Robinson Apr. 24, 1994 San Antonio Spurs Los Angeles Clippers 71
Wilt Chamberlain Mar. 10, 1963 San Francisco Warriors Syracuse Nationals 70
Devin Booker Mar. 24, 2017 Phoenix Suns Boston Celtics 70

Chamberlain owns four of the top five scoring performances in NBA history, with Kobe Bryant's 81 the only other to break up his offensive dominance.

For the 1962-63 season, he averaged 44.8 points and 24. 3 rebounds per game on 52.8% shooting from the field, playing a ridiculous 47.6 minutes per game.

Despite his individual dominance, the Warriors went 31-49 that season and missed the playoffs.

Other notable events on Nov. 16

  • In 1957, Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell hauled in 32 rebounds in a single half, during their 111-89 win over Philadelphia. His 32 boards in a half is an NBA record and he went on to record 49 for the game.
  • In 1993, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf of the Denver Nuggets' consecutive free-throw streak ends at 81 in a game against the San Antonio Spurs. Abdul-Rauf's streak was the second-longest in NBA history, trailing Minnesota's Micheal Williams streak of 97, which he hit the week prior.
  • In 1994, Patrick Ewing became the ninth player in NBA history to record 2,000 blocks after producing five blocks in the New York Knicks' 110-89 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. He retired with 2,894 blocks, sitting 8th on the NBA's all-time list
  • In 2001, the NBDL tipped-off its inaugural season when the Greenville Groove took on the North Charleston Lowgators in Greenville, S.C.

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