On February 16, 1972, Wilt Chamberlain of the Los Angeles Lakers became the first player in NBA history to reach 30,000 career points. He scored his 30,000th point during the third period against the Phoenix Suns. Although the Suns were victorious, beating the Lakers 110-109, Chamberlain had 19 points and 21 rebounds in this game. Also during the 1971-1972 season, Wilt Chamberlain passed Bill Russel to become the NBA's all-time leading rebounder.
Chamberlain is considered one of the most extraordinary players in the NBA and is the holder of numerous NBA all-time records. Among numerous other accomplishments, he is the only player in NBA history to average more than 40 and 50 points in a season and score 100 points in a single NBA game. He retired as the all-time in career points with 31,419, which was later surpassed by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Michael Jordan. Wilt is tops in rebounds with 23,924 and led the NBA in scoring seven years in a row.