CAN’T TOUCH THESE By Jon Cooper RECORDS ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN—UNLESS IT’S ONE OF THESE 10. The old adage goes: Records are made to be broken. It’s not entirely true though. While the possibility is there, the reality is that some records are untouchable. Here are 10 of the most unbreakable records in NBA history and a few more that are worth noting. WILT’S 100 On March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain put on an unprecedented—and since unmatched—display of offense, scoring 100 points against an over-matched New York Knicks team for the Philadelphia Warriors, at the Hershey Sports Arena in Hershey, Pa. Chamberlain shot 36-for-63 (57.1), and, more impressive, 28-for-32 from the foul line. That’s 87.5 for a career 51.1 foul-shooter. Chamberlain was helped by teammates eager for him to get 100 and was fouled constantly in the fourth. The Warriors also fouled to get the ball back. The closest anyone has come 100 since is Kobe Bryant, who torched Toronto for 81 on Jan. 22, 2006 on the way to his first of consecutive scoring titles. Kobe had the advantage of the three-point shot, but also only played 42 minutes. Think about it: Kobe’s Herculean 81 was still 19 points short of the mark. Talented 25-ppg-and-more scorers like Cleveland’s LeBron James, OKC’s Kevin Durant and New York’s Carmelo Anthony would have to basically net their per-game averages—for each quarter!—in order to have a shot at challenging Wilt. A talented scorer could shoehow catch fire for 40-plus minutes, but defenses are also much more nuanced than during the run-and-gun hey day of the ’60s. Also, today’s NBA offenses are more predicated on ball movement and diversification, making it unlikely any one player, no matter how supreme, take so many shots to reach the century mark.
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