Feb. 28, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Philadelphia 76ers point guard Lou Williams (23) shoots the ball in the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
The Philadelphia 76ers and Golden State Warriors meet Friday night on the 50th anniversary of the date that Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors.
Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in an NBA game 50 years ago. The Philadelphia 76ers last scored 100 points in an NBA game on Jan. 23 against the Washington Wizards, though, meaning Friday night's match-up between the Sixers and Golden State Warriors might not live up to the lofty expectations that might be looming over the anniversary of Chamberlain's record-setting feat.
Defense, not offense, might actually be the key in Friday night's game. Just two games ago, the Sixers held the Detroit Pistons to just 68 points in a 29-point rout before nearly holding Kevin Durant in check the following night as he made just seven of his 18 shot attempts.
The Warriors are coming off of a defensive battle of their own, too, as they toughed out a gritty 85-82 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. The most impressive box score feat in that game, and the reason Friday night's game might lead to neither team reaching 100 points, came from second-time starter Dominic McGuire. McGuire's never been known as an offensive specialist, but he scored zero points as a starter while corralling an impressive 15 rebounds -- neat, yes?
Hopefully the teams are able to do something spectacular on the anniversary of The Stilt's big game, but unless Lou Williams and Monta Ellis decide to do battle for 48 minutes, it probably won't be on the offensive end.