Wilt chamberlain 100 point game

Most Points Scored in NBA Game by Player: Complete List

You already know that Wilt Chamberlain holds the record for the most points scored in an NBA when he recorded 100 points in 1962, but did you know Kobe Bryant comes in a not-so-close second with 81 points?

Indeed, we haven’t seen anyone get close since, however, that hasn’t stopped players from trying. Recently, Dallas Mavericks All-Star Luka Doncic notched 73 points in a 148-143 victory over the Atlanta Hawks for fourth on the all-time list. Donovan Mitchell of the Cleveland Cavaliers scored 71 points, 8 rebounds, and 11 assists in a 145-134 overtime game against the Chicago Bulls on January 2nd, 2023 and then Damian Lillard equalled that total in the same year during a 131-114 win against the Houston Rockets on February 26, 2023.

It’s well-documented that the NBA is in the midst of a scoring boom. Data from Basketball Reference shows teams are on pace to beat the all-time NBA average scoring record for the first time since the 1961-62 season when teams averaged 118.8 points per game. Rule changes in the last two seasons have increased the average team points per game from 110.6ppg in 2021-22 to 114.7ppg in 2022-23 and 115.5ppg during the 2023-24 season so far. This is a season where the worst team in the league, the Detroit Pistons, are scoring an average of 112.5 points per game. That figure alone would be league-leading in the booming 70s.

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Most Points Scored in an NBA Game at a Glance

Nonetheless, we’re here to look at a list of the most points scored in an NBA game so let’s check out the top 10 below. For a complete list with player stats, dates, and game scores, check out the end of this article.

  1. Wilt Chamberlain – 100 Points
  2. Kobe Bryant – 81 points
  3. Wilt Chamberlain – 78 points
  4. Wilt Chamberlain – 73 Points
    Wilt Chamberlain – 73 Points
    David Thompson – 73 Points
    Luka Doncic – 73 Points
  5. Wilt Chamberlain – 72 Points
  6. Elgin Baylor – 71 Points
    David Robinson – 71 Points
    Donovan Mitchell – 71 Points
    Damian Lillard – 71 Points
  7. Wilt Chamberlain – 70 Points
    Devin Booker – 70 Points
    Joel Embiid – 70 Points
  8. Michael Jordan – 69 Points
  9. Wilt Chamberlain – 68 Points
    Pete Maravich – 68 Points
  10. Wilt Chamberlain – 67 Points
    Wilt Chamberlain – 67 Points
    Wilt Chamberlain – 67 Points
    Wilt Chamberlain – 67 Points

Now we’ve had a look at the top 10, let’s check out a detailed breakdown.

Joel embiid 70 point game
Philadelphia 76ers superstar Joel Embiid after beating Wilt Chamberlains team record with 70 points on January 22, 2024 | Image: ESPN

Most Points Scored in an NBA Game

Here’s a closer look at the most points scored in an NBA game.

PointsPlayer (Team)DateScoreFG-FGA3PM-3PAFTM-FTA
100Wilt Chamberlain (Warriors)March 2, 1962Warriors 169
Knicks 147
36-63N/A28-32
81Kobe Bryant (Lakers)January 22, 2006Lakers 122
Raptors 104
28-467-1318-20
78Wilt Chamberlain (Warriors)December 8, 1961Lakers 151
Warriors 147
(3 OT)
31-62N/A16-31
73Wilt Chamberlain (Warriors)January 13, 1962Warriors 135
Packers 117
29-48N/A15-25
73Wilt Chamberlain (Warriors)November 16, 1962Warriors 127
Knicks 111
29-43N/A15-19
73David Thompson (Nuggets)April 9, 1978Pistons 139
Nuggets 137
28-38N/A17-20
73Luka DoncicJanuary 26th, 2024Mavericks 148
Hawks 143
25-338-1315-16
72Wilt Chamberlain (Warriors)November 3, 1962Lakers 127
Warriors 115
29-48N/A14-18
71Elgin Baylor (Lakers)November 15, 1960Lakers 123
Knicks 108
28-48N/A15-19
71David Robinson (Spurs)April 24, 1994Spurs 112
Clippers 97
26-411-218-25
71Donovan Mitchell (Cavs)January 2, 2023Cavs 145
Bulls 134 (OT)
22-347-1520-25
71Damian Lillard (Blazers)February 26, 2023Blazers 131
Rockets 114
22-3813-2214-14
70Wilt Chamberlain (Warriors)March 10, 1963Nationals 163
Warriors 148
27-38N/A16-22
70Devin Booker (Suns)March 24, 2017Celtics 130
Suns 120
21-404-1124-26
70Joel Embiid (76ers)January 22, 2024Sixers 133
Spurs 123
24-411-221-23

Your FAQs Answered

What are the most points ever scored in an NBA game?

Wilt Chamberlain holds the record for the most points in an NBA with 100 points. He scored the record during a Warriors 169 vs. Knicks 147 win back on March 2, 1962. His shooting stats for the game were 36-63 from the field and 28-32 from the free-throw line. He hit no 3-pointers as there was no official 3pt line.

When was the last time someone scored 70 points in an NBA game?

Joel Embiid was the last NBA player to score 70 points on January 22, 2023. He shot 24-41 from the field, 21-23 from the free-throw line, and 1-2 from behind the arc.

How many points has LeBron James scored in an NBA game?

LeBron James’ top scoring game was 61 against the Charlotte Bobcats on March 3, 2014.

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