February 14, 1966: Love and basketball were in the air on this special Valentine's Day feat. The great Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia 76ers set a NBA record for career points in just seven seasons.
Chamberlain was the most dominant scorer the game has ever seen. During the 1961-1962 with the Philadelphia Warriors, Chamberlain averaged an NBA record 50.4 points per game. That's a record that likely will not be broken ever again. Oh, and in one game that season against the New York Knicks he scored the NBA's only 100 point game:
On this day 49 years ago, Wilt scored 41 points in the 76ers' 149-123 win over Detroit to pass Bob Pettit's NBA record of 20,880 career points. It's a record that would stand for 18 years until Kareem Abdul-Jabbar broke it.
It's amazing that Pettit now ranks 35th all time on the scoring list. Wilt's 31,419 career points are still good enough for 5th all time behind Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.
Check out some of Chamberlain's best career highlights to see just how dominant he was:
Here's to you Wilt Chamberlain and the day you became the NBA's scoring king.