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.
|1961–62 Philadelphia Warriors season|
|Head coach||Frank McGuire|
|Arena||Philadelphia Civic Center|
|Place||Division: 2nd (Eastern)|
|Playoff finish||East Finals
Wilt Chamberlain had perhaps 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 Russell's 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.
Philadelphia Warriors roster
Wilt Chamberlain's 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 Phil 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.
|Boston Celtics C||60||20||.750||–|
|New York Knicks||29||51||.363||31|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
|1961–62 NBA records|
Note: GP= Games played; MIN=Minutes; FG= Field Goals; FT= Free Throws; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; AVG = Average
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East Division SemifinalsEdit
(2) Philadelphia Warriors vs. (3) Syracuse Nationals: Warriors win series 3–2
- Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 111, Syracuse 103
- Game 2 @ Syracuse: Philadelphia 97, Syracuse 82
- Game 3 @ Philadelphia: Syracuse 101, Philadelphia 100
- Game 4 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 106, Philadelphia 99
- Game 5 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 121, Syracuse 104
Last Playoffs meeting: 1961 Eastern Division Semifinals (Syracuse won 3–0).
East Division FinalsEdit
(1) Boston Celtics vs. (2) Philadelphia Warriors: Celtics win series 4–3
- Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 117, Philadelphia 89
- Game 2 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 113, Boston 106
- Game 3 @ Boston: Boston 129, Philadelphia 114
- Game 4 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 110, Boston 106
- Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 119, Philadelphia 104
- Game 6 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 109, Boston 99
- Game 7 @ Boston: Boston 109, Philadelphia 107
Last Playoffs meeting: 1960 Eastern Division Finals (Boston won 4–2).
Awards and honorsEdit
- Wilt Chamberlain, NBA All-Star Game
- Paul Arizin, NBA All-Star Game
- Tom Gola, NBA All-Star Game
- Wilt Chamberlain, NBA scoring champion
- Wilt Chamberlain, All-NBA First Team
- Wilt Chamberlain, NBA Leader, Rebounds, 2,052
- Wilt Chamberlain, NBA Leader, Points per Game, 50.4
- Wilt Chamberlain, NBA Record, Most Points in One Game (see Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game)
Relocation to San FranciscoEdit
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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- Philadelphia Warriors (1946–1962)
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- Numbelivable!, p.23, Michael X. Ferraro and John Veneziano, Triumph Books, Chicago, Illinois, 2007, ISBN 978-1-57243-990-0