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Wilt first to score 30,000 points
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Feb. 16, 1972

While no other player in the NBA has yet scored 25,000 points -- and only five have 20,000 -- Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first to reach 30,000. The Los Angeles Lakers' 7-1 center, in his 13th year in the league, gains the milestone with 2:09 left in the third quarter on a goaltending call against the Suns' Neal Walk, who touches the ball while it's on the rim.

The game in Phoenix is stopped. Chamberlain is given the ball and receives a standing ovation from the crowd of 12,534.

Another goaltending call, this one against Wilt, decides the game. With three seconds left, Chamberlain's goaltend on Connie Hawkins' drive wipes out the Lakers' only lead of the game and gives the Suns a 110-109 victory.

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