On This Day (Jan. 25)
Notable events from NBA history that occurred on January 25.
Wilt Sets Rookie Mark
On this day in 1960, the Philadelphia Warriors’ Wilt Chamberlain set an NBA rookie record by scoring 58 points in a 127-117 win over the Detroit Pistons. Chamberlain would tie his mark less than one month later, but no other rookie in NBA history has matched or surpassed it:
58 — Wilt Chamberlain (Jan. 25, 1960)
58 — Chamberlain (Feb. 21, 1960)
57 — Rick Barry (Dec. 14, 1965)
56 — Earl Monroe (Feb. 13, 1968)
55 — Elgin Baylor (Feb. 25, 1959)
55 — Chamberlain (Nov. 12, 1959)
55 — Brandon Jennings (Nov. 14, 2009)
Chamberlain also grabbed 42 rebounds in this game. It was the first 50-point, 40-rebound game in NBA history. Chamberlain is still the only player in NBA history to record such a game, having done so five times.
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