Wilt Chamberlain set the single-game scoring record in the National Basketball Association (NBA) by scoring 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169–147 win over the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962, at Hershey Sports Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
After 54 years, only Kobe Bryant was almost there (10 years ago – 44 years from W. Chamberlain’ record), when he played with Los Angeles Lakers against Toronto Raptors, Jan. 23, 2006.
Kobe Bryant scored 81 points against the Raptors, and with 19 points more, and he could have 100 point game against Toronto Raptors.
Bryant’s 60.9 percent shooting on 46 field-goal attempts was his best shooting performance in a game in which he attempted 35 or more field goals (he’s had an astounding 29 such games).
“I should have had 90 points or more,” he says in the oral history. “I missed two free throws after making 62 straight. I had some open looks. I had some really open looks that I missed. I could have had more. There’s a lot of easy opportunities I missed. I think 100 is possible. I absolutely do. If I hadn’t sat out those six minutes in the first half, maybe I would have had it.”
Only Wilt Chamberlain’s storied 100-point game in the NBA history.
“Not even in my dreams,” Bryant said. “That was something
that just happened. It’s tough to explain. It’s just one of those
“It really hasn’t, like, set in for me. It’s about the `W,’
that’s why I turned it on. It turned into something special. To sit
here and say I grasp what happened, that would be lying.”
“I was just determined. I was just locked in, tuned into what
was going on out there,” Bryant said. “These points tonight
mattered. We needed them. The points I put in the basket were
instrumental. It means a lot more.”
“I never imagined I would see history like that,” said Devean
George, a teammate of Bryant’s with the Lakers for 6½ seasons. “I
can’t tell you where that came from. He just kept attacking,
attacking, attacking — every time he got the ball.”
“That was something to behold,” Jackson said. “It was another
level. I’ve seen some remarkable games, but I’ve never seen one
like that before.”
Chamberlain scored 100 points for Philadelphia against the New York Knicks at Hershey, Pa., on March 2, 1962, shooting 36-of-63 from the field and 28-of-32 from the foul line while playing all 48 minutes.
Bryant played 42 minutes, shooting 28-of-46 from the field and 18-of-20 from the foul line. Could he score 19 points, if he played 48 minutes? Maybe, but we’ll never know.