Wilt Chamberlain is widely acclaimed as the most dominant player in the history of basketball. A career filled with accolades - a 2-time NBA champion, 4-time NBA MVP, 13-time NBA All-Star, 7-time NBA scoring champion, 11-time rebounding champion. He also holds the record for highest points per game in a rookie-season with 37.6 and accumulated 2707 points in 72 games.
He played in the NBA for 14 years and made it to the post-season, a ridiculous 13 times. He averaged 30.1 points, 22.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game over his career. The two-time NBA champ was also the assists leader in 1968.
#5 72 vs Los Angeles Lakers, Nov 3rd, 1962
The San Francisco Warriors were 5-1 in the 1962-63 season and had only beaten the New York Knicks just a night before in a blowout game. They came to Los Angeles for a regular-season game against the Lakers. Wilt Chamberlain erupted for game-high 72 points despite losing the game. The duo of Jerry West-Elgin Baylor went red-hot for Lakers combining for 79 points on 35-68 shooting.
Wilt's 72 points performance came on a 29-48 shooting with a field-goal percentage of 60.4. He also pulled down a game-high 18 boards (tie) without committing any fouls. The 4-time MVP attempted 18 free-throws and made 14.
Though the Warriors were up 2 points at the half-time, the Lakers came back stronger in the second half and the duo of West-Baylor made some key plays. The Warriors could not eventually get the win as Lakers beat them quite comfortably, 115-127.