There’s a quite long list of all Wilt Chamberlain records and accolades. “Wilt the Stilt” holds numerous NBA records in scoring, rebounding, and durability categories. He is the only player to score 100 points in a single NBA game or average more than 40 and 50 points in a season. He won seven scoring, eleven rebounding, and nine field goal percentage titles and led the league in assists once. You name it, and Wilt broke it.
Wilt also had one of the greatest All-Star performances ever, and it happened 59 years ago – on January 16th, 1962. Chamberlain dominated for the East with a 42-point, 24-rebound performance, but that wasn’t enough to overcome the West. Bob Pettit scored 25 with 27 rebounds, and he had trustworthy helpers in Elgin Baylor and Oscar Robertson, which led to a 150-130 victory.
Pettit, who was named MVP, was 10-for-20 from the field. Baylor, who scored 32, tortured the West around the basket. Three other players – Robertson (26 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists), Bob Cousy (11 points, six rebounds, eight assists), and Hal Greer (eight points, ten rebounds, nine assists) helped to cancel Chamberlain’s dominant display.
At least Wilt could be satisfied with the record-scoring game – that 42 point All-Star performance stood for a very long time. More precisely, until 2017. That year the 66th edition of the All-Star event was held in New Orleans, at the Smoothie King Center. The West won the game 192-182, and the MVP was Anthony Davis (at the time was playing for the Pelicans), who scored 52 points, topping Wilt’s long-lasting record.
“I stressed that I think more than enough, to the guys in the locker room before the game that I wanted to get the MVP for this crowd, for the city, and I ended up doing it. Them guys did a great job of just finding me, giving me the basketball. They wanted me to score 50. Every time, Kawhi [Leonard] was like, ‘Six more points.‘ Or James [Harden] was like, ‘I’m going to pass you the ball. It was a lot of fun. My teammates did a great job of looking for me.”, Davis said after his historical record.Anthony Davis
Davis may have broken Wilt’s record, but Chamberlain’s performance from 1962 still stands as one of the greatest in All-Star history.