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In Focus: Elgin Baylor

Elgin Baylor in 1960. (NBA Photos/Getty Images)

By Andy Gray

On this day in 1960, Lakers forward Elgin Baylor scored a record 71 points in a 123-108 victory over the Knicks in New York. Baylor’s record lasted less than two years as Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points against New York in March 1962. Though the record was short-lived, it gives us an excuse to highlight the great Elgin Baylor. Here are some of his more memorable pictures.

Baylor (22) watches as Wilt Chamberlain battles for a rebound during a 1961 Lakers-Warriors game. (John G. Zimmerman/SI)


Baylor drives to the hoop during a 1966 Celtics-Lakers game. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)


Baylor (from left), Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West pose in 1970. (Darryl Norenberg/WireImage)


Ben Davidson (from left to right), Rosey Grier, Elvin Hayes, Baylor and Bill Russell make a cameo in a 1971 Jackson 5 TV special. (ABC/Getty Images)


Baylor (center), the Jazz coach, shakes hands with (from left) Kent Benson, Tommy Green and Jimmy McElroy before a 1979 game against the Bucks. (Mark Petty/AP)


Baylor, the 2006 NBA Executive of the Year with the Clippers, poses with (from left) Corey Maggette, Shaun Livingston and Elton Brand. (Noah Graham/Getty Images)

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