Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wilt's 100 a cause for celebration

By Mark Podolski

My favorite sports record is one that is truly a cause for celebration.

Why? It's on my birthday.

Yours truly was born on March 2, 1970. Eight years prior to that on March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in one game.

I am convinced that record will stand for my lifetime.

The Lakers' Kobe Bryant scored 81 points in a game a few years back. It was a huge deal, but Bryant was still 20 points off breaking the mark set by "Wilt The Stilt." Think about that. There are only 19 NBA players this season averaging at least 20 points a game.

Some teams struggle to score 100 points a game. Only 12 of 30 NBA teams are averaging at least 100 points per game this season.

On his 100-point night, Chamberlain shot 36 of 63 from the field and 28 of 32 from the free-throw line. That's 95 combined shots in one game. That, my friends, won't be happening any time soon in an NBA game coming to your town.

According to reports, when Wilt scored his 100th point with 46 seconds left against the Knicks in Hershey, Pa., fans stormed the court and play was halted. In the locker room, PR man Harvey Pollack wrote "100" on a piece of paper, which Chamberlain held up for photographers.

Chamberlain died in 1999, but his 100-point night will never be forgotten, unless, of course, a player comes along and scores 101. Sorry, but that's not happening. Not in my lifetime.


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