Chamberlain sets MSG record with 73 points
Nov. 16, 1962
Last season, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points against the Knicks. Tonight, the Warriors center torches them for 73, a Madison Square Garden record.
In San Francisco's 127-111 victory, he makes 29-of-43 shots, including 14 fallaway jumpers from 20 feet or more, most of them banked in off the backboard. "What can anyone do when he hits like that from out there?" says Knicks coach Eddie Donovan. "He played a much, much better game tonight than in the one he scored 100 against us. Much better. I can't imagine that he ever played better at all."
Wilt says, "Yes, I'm doing more shooting from outside this year. I have to, because they're forcing me out more, individually and by double-teaming."
His scoring by quarters: 17-11-20-25. He scores 21 of the Warriors' last 25 points. Also impressive is that Wilt, after starting 1-for-5 from the foul line, makes his final 14 free throws.
The 73 points ties Wilt's (and the NBA's) third highest scoring game. David Thompson will tie Wilt for the No. 3 spot in 1978 when he scores 73.
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