Yesterday marked the 38 year anniversary of one of the most admired records in the NBA record books.
On March 2, 1968, Wilt Chamberlain set the record for most points scored in a single game. Tallying 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169-147 victory over the New York Knicks.
There are many records that don’t seem will ever be touched. Chicago’s 72-win season, Scott Skiles’ 30-assist game, or even Rasheed Wallace’s 41 technicals.
But if I were to chose one record that was most likely to be broken, I would either say the win record, or Wilt’s scoring record.
There was a lot of talk last year about the Celtics possibly getting 70 wins, but the Celtics failed to reach 70, winning 66 games. In 2006, Kobe Bryant made that record look a little less immortal, scoring 81 against the Toronto Raptors. In that game Kobe went 28 for 46 from the field, 7 of 13 from three and 18 of 20 from the stripe. If Kobe sunk those two freethrows he missed, made eight more two-point field goals and sunk one more three he would have had the record.
Is there any player in the league right now that could reach Wilt’s 100, or will that 81 in 2006 by Kobe be the last time we see anything close to that. Some would say that LeBron could threaten the record. Others might believe Kobe still has enough in the tank to do what he did against the Raptors.
It could be decades before we see someone as skelfish(skilled and selfish) as Wilt, but maybe that’s a good thing.