The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

23 December 2005

Another century?

The second of March, 1962, and the Warriors have beaten the Knicks, 169-147.

From the Knicks' point of view, this had to be weird: "We score 147 points in 48 minutes and we still lose?" For that matter, this year's Hornets, over two games, didn't score 147 in 96 minutes.

Then again, the Knicks were witnessing history in the making: Wilt Chamberlain, all by himself, put in 100 of those 169 points for Philadelphia, and forty-odd years later, no one has quite come close.

Annika thinks it may be coming:

After Kobe drops 62 on the Mavs in only three quarters, you gotta wonder if Wilt's record might be in danger.

Well, it's possible, I suppose.

If Kobe wanted to, against the right defense, he could get to 101. Unlike Wilt, Kobe is almost automatic at the line, and he's got the advantage of a three point shot that didn't exist in 1962.

True enough: Chamberlain was a crummy free-throw shooter (his career record at the line was a fairly terrible .511, though he made 28 of 32 on the Big Night), and every one of those 36 field goals he sank was for two points.

Sixty-two points in 33 minutes (Bryant sat out the fourth quarter, presumably with Phil Jackson's approval) works out to about 90 in forty-eight, a tad short of a hundred, but who besides Kobe is even close these days?

Posted at 3:09 PM to Net Proceeds


KOBE KNOCKED IN 30 POINTS IN THE 3RD QTR.
IF DUPED THAT HE WOULD BE 8 SHORT.
IF HE TIED THE ALL TIME RECORD 33 HE WOULD BE 5 SHORT. IF HE BROKE THE RECORD WITH 35 HE WOULD BE 3 SHORT. NO ONE HAS EVER BACKED UP 1 HUGE QTR WITH ANOTHER HUGE QTR.
EXCEPT WILT. HIS 3RD QTR WAS 28. HIS 4TH QTR WAS 31.
WILTS NIGHT HAPPENED BECAUSE OF 28-32 AT THE CHARITY LINE.
WHEN SOMEONE BREAKS 75 WITH TIME ON THE CLOCK THAT WILL BE THE FIRST PERSON TO BE CONSIDERD WITH A CHANCE. KOBE WAS LOOKING AT A 39 POINT QTR TO BREAK THE RECORD. THATS 6 MORE POINTS THAT WAS EVER DONE. AND HE WOULD HAVE TO DO IT IN THE 4TH QTR. 60+ POINTS WERE DONE 55 TIME IN NBA HISTORY.
32 WERE BY WILT.
WILTON NORMON CHAMBERLAIN MDE AND FOR EVER.

Posted by: LEN GILMAN at 1:59 AM on 28 December 2005