30 Plus: Amar'e Stoudemire Tops Willie Naulls; Wilt Chamberlain Another Story

SportsLifer@sportsliferCorrespondent IIDecember 13, 2010

Amar’e Stoudemire broke the Knicks record for consecutive 30-point games….but he has miles to go to eclipse Wilt Chamberlain’s NBA record of 65.

Amar’e Stoudemire recently set a New York Knicks team record when he scored 30 points for the eighth game in a row, all of them New York victories.

Stoudemire broke the team record set by Willie Naulls in 1962, a record that has stood for nearly 50 years, surviving scoring splurges by Knick greats like Walt Frazier, Bernard King and Patrick Ewing.

Naulls, nicknamed The Whale, began his streak by scoring 31 points against the Philadelphia Warriors on March 2, 1962, in Hershey, Pa. That game is forever emblazoned in NBA lore—it’s the night Wilt Chamberlain scored a record 100 points against the Knicks.

Chamberlain holds the NBA record for most consecutive games scoring 30 or more points with 65 from November 4, 1961 to February 22, 1962. That’s the basketball

equivalent of Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, or Johnny Unitas' string of 47 games with at least one touchdown pass.


Wilt on The Record

Wilt also holds the NBA record for most consecutive games with 50 points (7), 40 points (14) and 20 points (126), all established or begun during the 1961-62 season.

That was quite a year for Chamberlain, who averaged 50.4 points per game for the season, another of Wilt’s many records that will never be broken.

Naulls was drafted by the St. Louis Hawks but traded to the Knicks for Slater Martin just 19 games into his rookie season. He averaged a career-high 25 points per game for the Knicks in 1961-62.

Early in the 1962-63 season, he was traded to the San Francisco Warriors along with Kenny Sears in exchange for Tom Gola, landing him on the same team as Chamberlain.

Naulls finished his career by winning three-straight NBA championships with the Boston Celtics before retiring in 1966.