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“I played one game where he got 78 points and we lost,” Attles said. “The guy got 50 regularly. It wasn’t that big a deal.”

At least not through the first three quarters, when Chamberlain scored 69.

While 100 is tough to imagine, think about this: Warriors public address announcer Dave Zinkoff would state the point total to the crowd as the number swelled in the fourth. When Chamberlain broke his own mark, Zinkoff told the fans, “Ladies and gentleman, a new scoring record has been created by Wilt Chamberlain!”

“Then we all realized that this was going to happen,” said Tom Meschery, who scored 16 that night for the Warriors. “It was comical, because from that point on, all the shots went to Wilt, all the passes went to Wilt and everybody on the Knicks team tried to get the ball to anybody except Wilt.”

After more than 250 interviews with players, fans, officials and journalists, Pomerantz described the 100-point basket:

“(Joe) Rucklick flipped the pass perfectly, high and into the middle. The Dipper caught it in front of the basket, only inches away, and rose high above the Knicks, high above the rim. (Announcer) Bill Campbell, energized, made his own loud barking sound, husky, yet clear, “He made it! He made it! He made it! A Dipper Dunk!”

Wilt tried to come out of the game before he got the 100 points. But (coach) Frank McGuire would not take him out,” Attles said. “Wilt wasn’t the kind of guy to say, `OK, I’m tired take me out.’ He’d listen to the coach. And Frank McGuire acted like he couldn’t hear him. He just turned. But unbeknownst to us, he had made a pact with Wilt when Wilt first got there that Wilt was going to average 50 points a game and one day score 100. And he averaged 50. And, of course, a 100-point game was absolutely incredible.”

It was incredible _ and pressed Harvey Pollack into service.

Pollack started the night as the public relations director for the Warriors and the game statistician. With each milestone basket putting Chamberlain closer to triple digits, Pollack knew his job titles were about to expand. He wrote or dictated the game story for The Associated Press, The Philadelphia Inquirer and United Press International.

His son, Ron, who now joins Pollack on the Philadelphia 76ers statistics crew, ran the copy to Western Union. When the game was over, Pollack stuffed the game ball _ it is now lost _ into Chamberlain’s duffel bag and organized a famed photo.

AP photographer Paul Vathis, who attended the game as a fan, rushed to a car for his equipment. Pollack said he squashed an idea of posing Chamberlain with the ball and wanted something more unique to preserve the moment.

“Why don’t we do something to show the 100 points,” Pollack said.

So Pollack, who turns 90 in March, wrote “100” on a piece of paper and gave it to Chamberlain to hold for the classic black-and-white snapshot.

Outside of a few still photos, it was nearly the lone remembrance of the game.

Campbell called Wilt’s classic for WCAU and was startled after the game by more than just the whopping point total. He saw Chamberlain hitch a ride back to New York (where he lived) in a Cadillac with members of the Knicks. And, he had a fearful realization on his own ride home.

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