This Day in Sports History

Marquist Parker   Sports Editor

On February 14, 1966, Wilt Chamberlin broke the NBA career scoring record with his 20,884th point. The record books are loaded with Chamberlain’s accomplishments. He was the only NBA player to score 4,000 points in a season. He set NBA single-game records for most points (100), most consecutive field goals (18) and most rebounds (55). Perhaps his most mind-boggling stat was the 50.4 points per game he averaged during the 1961-62 season—and if not that, then perhaps the 48.5 minutes per game he averaged that same year.

Wilt accomplished a lot of outstanding things in his career. But the most outstanding figures are his scoring records; most games with 50+ points, 118; most consecutive games with 40+ points, 14; most consecutive games with 30+ points: 65; Most consecutive games with 20+ points: 126; highest rookie scoring average: 37.6 ppg; highest field goal percentage in a season: .727. And, with many of these, the player in second place is far behind. His name appears so often in the scoring record books that his name could be the default response any time a question arises concerning a scoring record in the NBA. Wilt finished his career as a four-time MVP, ten-time All-NBA selection, two-time NBA champion, and a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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