Today is Pat Riley’s 67th birthday. In this 1972 photo, Riley celebrates with teammate Wilt Chamberlain after the Lakers beat the Bucks for the 1972 NBA championship. Riley averaged 7 points per game over his nine-year career. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
SI VAULT: Riley not named one of NBA’s best-dressed playersSI VAULT: Coach Riley leads Lakers to NBA title (6.21.82)

Today is Pat Riley’s 67th birthday. In this 1972 photo, Riley celebrates with teammate Wilt Chamberlain after the Lakers beat the Bucks for the 1972 NBA championship. Riley averaged 7 points per game over his nine-year career. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

SI VAULT: Riley not named one of NBA’s best-dressed players
SI VAULT: Coach Riley leads Lakers to NBA title (6.21.82)

Lakers center Wilt Chamberlain coverts a layup as Knicks defenders Phil Jackson (18), Dave DeBusschere (22) and Jerry Lucas (32) look on during Game 1 of the 1972 NBA Finals. The Knicks would win the game 114-92 but the Lakers would win the next four games to claim the championship. (George Long/SI)
SI VAULT: Lakers play hot hands on way to NBA title (5.15.72)

Lakers center Wilt Chamberlain coverts a layup as Knicks defenders Phil Jackson (18), Dave DeBusschere (22) and Jerry Lucas (32) look on during Game 1 of the 1972 NBA Finals. The Knicks would win the game 114-92 but the Lakers would win the next four games to claim the championship. (George Long/SI)

SI VAULT: Lakers play hot hands on way to NBA title (5.15.72)

Fifty years ago today, Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scored 78 points in a triple-overtime loss to the Los Angeles  Lakers, 151-147. It was the third most points scored in a game by one player in NBA history (Kobe Bryant is second with 81 points in a game, Chamberlain is first with 100).(John G. Zimmerman/SI)
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Fifty years ago today, Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scored 78 points in a triple-overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, 151-147. It was the third most points scored in a game by one player in NBA history (Kobe Bryant is second with 81 points in a game, Chamberlain is first with 100).(John G. Zimmerman/SI)

BACK IN TIME GALLERY: Find out what happened on December 8
GALLERY: Rare photos of Wilt Chamberlain - on and off the court