Greatest team of all time? According to the record books, absolutely. In his first full season back on the court (remember that stint with the Chicago White Sox?), M.J. rode out the Bulls' high expections by leading his team to the finest season in NBA history. Along the way, he notched another scoring title to top Chamberlain's record of seven, three MVP awards (season, All-Star, Finals) and handed Chicago its fourth title. The Bulls' season record broke he 1971-72 Lakers' record of 69 wins in a season.
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The closest anyone has ever come to tearing down this record, which Chamberlain set on March 2, 1962 in the Philadelphia Warriors' 169-147 win over the New York Knicks, was Kobe Bryant (81) on Jan. 22, 2006.
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Eleven titles in 13 seasons as a player or coach in the league. Think about that: The only seasons he didn't get the Celtics a ring were 1958 and 1967.
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In addition to his all-time mark of 100 points in a single game, Chamberlain finished the 1961-62 season with an average 50.4 points per game. His closest competitor was M.J., who averaged 37.1 points per game during his 1986-87 season with the Bulls. Don't expect this Wilt record to ever come down.
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Let's see, how many records can one man pack into a single season? In addition to averaging 50.4 points a game and dropping 100 points against the Knicks during the 1961-62 season, he also averaged 48.5 minutes a game.
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Ten times Jordan finished as the league's top scorer. He and Chamberlain are the only players to have won seven straight league scoring titles. By comparison, the leaders among active players, Kobe Bryant and Shaq have only done it twice.
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Wilt grabbed 55 boards in the Philadelphia Warriors' loss to the Boston Celtics on Nov. 24, 1960. Bill Russell came close with 49 rebounds (twice) with the Celtics. Dwight Howard's career high is 26.
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Skiles set the record on Dec. 30, 1990 during the Magic's 155-116 victory over the Nuggets. He broke Kevin Porter's previous record of 29 and went on to earn the NBA's Most Improved Player award that season. No one has reached 28 in the past 15 seasons.
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The previous year, he set the record with 379 fouls. What's more impressive: "Chocolate Thunder" is also the only NBA player to shatter two backboards in one month during a season (1979) with his massive dunks.
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In his 19-year tenure with the Utah Jazz, which ended in 2003, Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton put up 5,000 more than the guys second on the list, Mark Jackson (10,323 over 17 years).
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Only four NBA players have topped the 30K mark: Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar. Abdul-Jabbar's ead is 1,459 points.
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The Rockets came the closest with their 22 straight wins in 2008. But they weren't anywhere near the 1971-72 Lakers 33-game mark.
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