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Knicks at Wizards: Chasing Willie, avoiding Wilt

Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors holds a

Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors holds a sign reading "100" in the dressing room in Hershey, Pa., after he scored 100 points against the Knicks. (March 2, 1962) Credit: AP File Photo (1962)

WASHINGTON -- I asked Amar'e Stoudemire if he's ever heard the name Willie Naulls.

"Willie Naulls?" he replied.

Yes, Willie Naulls. He holds the Knicks record with seven straight 30-point games. You need one more to match that record. It's almost 50 years old.

"Geez," Stoudemire said, "50 years."

Yes. Not Ewing, not King, not even Walt Frazier. Willie Naulls.

The final game of the streak came on March, 2, 1962 in a 169-147 loss to the Philadelphia Warriors. It is one of the most famous games in NBA history, but not because of Willie Naulls and his 31 points that night.

That was also the night Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points.

Stoudemire raised his eyebrows. "Is that right?"

Does JaVale McGee have 100 points in him?

"Oh don't worry about that," Stoudemire said with a laugh, "that won't happen."

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* - John Wall (foot injury) is a game-time decision, but it sounds  like he'll give it a go tonight. So two of the NBA's top rookies in the early part of the season -- Landry Fields has recorded 10 rebounds in each of the last three games -- will be on the floor. 

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