Wilt's 100 points turns 50

Former NBA superstar Wilt (The Stilt) Chamberlain meets legendary Toronto Maple Leafs owner Harold...

Former NBA superstar Wilt (The Stilt) Chamberlain meets legendary Toronto Maple Leafs owner Harold Ballard in this undated file photo. It was 50 years ago, March 2, 1962, that Chamberlain scored 100 points in a game. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

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It is arguably the single-greatest performance in American sports and the Philadelphia 76ers will pay tribute to it tonight versus the Golden State Warriors at Wells Fargo Center.

On this day 50 years ago in Hershey, Pa., Hall of Fame centre Wilt Chamberlain etched his name in the record books with 100 points to lead his Philadelphia Warriors over the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962.

Chamberlain's epic performance will be celebrated by friends, former teammates and others connected to the historic night Friday in the City of Brotherly Love.

Chamberlain, who starred at Overbrook High School in Philly and passed away in 1999, established a record that may never be broken. Lakers star Kobe Bryant came close with an 81-point barrage against the Toronto Raptors back on Jan. 22, 2006 in Los Angeles.

Chamberlain, a former Harlem Globetrotter, started his professional career with the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors before playing for the 76ers and Lakers.

The Sixers are commemorating Chamberlain's 100 points and haven't scored 100 points themselves in the last 19 games -- the longest streak below the century mark since a 25-game drought from Nov. 15, 2003-Jan. 5, 2004.


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