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1961–62 Philadelphia Warriors season

The 1961–62 Philadelphia Warriors season was the sixteenth season for the National Basketball Association franchise in Philadelphia, and the last before their relocation to San Francisco, California, for the following season.

Wilt Chamberlain had the most dominating season in NBA history. Chamberlain led the league with an NBA record 50.4 points per game. In one eight-day stretch in January, Chamberlain participated in three games, where he scored at least 63 points. On March 2, 1962, the Warriors played the New York Knicks in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Chamberlain had one of the most dominating performances in NBA history as he notched 100 points before 4.124 fans. The game was actually played at the Warriors training facility. Despite his high scoring, Wilt would not win the NBA MVP. The award was given to Bill Russell. The Warriors finished 2nd behind Russells Boston Celtics with a 49–31 record. In the playoffs, the Warriors would defeat the Syracuse Nationals in five games. Russell and Chamberlain would meet in the Eastern Division Finals. The series would go seven games. In Game 7, Sam Jones would hit the winning shot with 2 seconds remaining.


1. Regular season

Wilt Chamberlains 100-point game, named by the National Basketball Association as one of its greatest games, took place between the Philadelphia Warriors and the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962, at Hersheypark Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

The Warriors won the game, 169–147, setting what was then a record for the most combined points in a game by both teams. But the game is most remembered for the 100 points scored by Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain, who set the NBA single-game scoring record. The next leading scorer for Philadelphia was Al Attles with 17 points. The Knicks leading scorer was Guerin with 39 points. In that game, Chamberlain also broke five other NBA scoring records, of which four still stand.


2. Postseason

East Division Semifinals

2 Philadelphia Warriors vs. 3 Syracuse Nationals: Warriors win series 3–2

  • Game 3 Philadelphia: Syracuse 101, Philadelphia 100
  • Game 2 Syracuse: Philadelphia 97, Syracuse 82
  • Game 5 Philadelphia: Philadelphia 121, Syracuse 104
  • Game 1 Philadelphia: Philadelphia 111, Syracuse 103
  • Game 4 Syracuse: Syracuse 106, Philadelphia 99

Last Playoffs meeting: 1961 Eastern Division Semifinals Syracuse won 3–0.

East Division Finals

1 Boston Celtics vs. 2 Philadelphia Warriors: Celtics win series 4–3

  • Game 6 Philadelphia: Philadelphia 109, Boston 99
  • Game 5 Boston: Boston 119, Philadelphia 104
  • Game 2 Philadelphia: Philadelphia 113, Boston 106
  • Game 1 Boston: Boston 117, Philadelphia 89
  • Game 3 Boston: Boston 129, Philadelphia 114
  • Game 7 Boston: Boston 109, Philadelphia 107
  • Game 4 Philadelphia: Philadelphia 110, Boston 106

Last Playoffs meeting: 1960 Eastern Division Finals Boston won 4–2.


3. Awards and honors

  • Paul Arizin, NBA All-Star Game
  • Wilt Chamberlain, NBA scoring champion
  • Wilt Chamberlain, NBA Leader, Points per Game, 50.4
  • Wilt Chamberlain, NBA All-Star Game
  • Wilt Chamberlain, NBA Leader, Rebounds, 2.052
  • Tom Gola, NBA All-Star Game
  • Wilt Chamberlain, All-NBA First Team
  • Wilt Chamberlain, NBA Record, Most Points in One Game see Wilt Chamberlains 100-point game

4. Relocation to San Francisco

Following the season, the Warriors moved west to San Francisco. Edward Gottlieb sold the team to a Bay Area Credit Card company. Despite the loss, Philadelphia would only be without pro-basketball for just that one season. The Syracuse Nationals, who challenged the Warriors in the playoffs for many years had moved to the city the Warriors vacated in 1963, becoming the Philadelphia 76ers.

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