What Is The Most Points Ever Scored By A Player In A NBA Game?

Devin Booker's 70-point explosion was the most points scored in a NBA game by a single game by a player since Kobe Bryant scored 81 points against the Raptors in 2006. We all know about Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game, but what about the other highest scoring games in league history? Here are the top 10 performances:

T-10) Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns - 70 points
March 24, 2017 vs. Celtics

Booker's performance came in a 130-120 loss, and 51 of this points came in the second half. He went 21-40 from the field (4-11 from three) and 24-26 from the free throw line.

T-10) Wilt Chamberlain, San Francisco Warriors - 70 points
March 10, 1963 vs. Syracuse Nationals

Only six individual players have scored at least 70 points in a game, and Chamberlain is the only one who has done it more than once. You'll be seeing his name a lot on this list. This performance did come in a 163-148 loss for Wilt, the largest loss on this list.

T-8) David Robinson, San Antonio Spurs - 71 points
April 24, 1994 vs. Clippers

Robinson only scored six points in the second quarter, but had 18 in the first quarter and 47 in the second half - including 28 in the fourth quarter.

T-8) Elgin Baylor, Los Angeles Lakers - 71 points
November 15, 1960 vs. Knicks

Without a three-point line, Baylor went 28-48 from the floor and 15-18 from the free throw line in a 123-108 win over the Knicks.

7) Wilt Chamberlain, San Francisco Warriors - 72 points
November 3, 1962 vs. Lakers

Guess who's back? Wilt's huge game wasn't enough to lead the Warriors to a win (127-115 defeat), but he was incredibly efficient, going 29-48 from the field and a surprisingly good 14-18 from the foul line.

T-4) David Thompson, Denver Nuggets - 73 points
April 9, 1978 vs. Pistons

Yet another standout performance in a loss, Thompson was unstoppable early against the Pistons, scoring 32 points in the first quarter and 53 points in the first half. However, he *only* scored 20 in the second half in a two-point defeat.

T-4) Wilt Chamberlain, San Francisco Warriors - 73 points
November 16, 1962 vs. Knicks

Finally, a win for Wilt (insert Knicks joke here)! Chamberlain went 29-43 while playing all 48 minutes, resulting in a 127–111 win for the Warriors.

T-4) Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors - 73 points
January 13, 1962 vs. Chicago Packers

Chamberlain had scored 73 points earlier in the calendar year before the Warriors moved to San Francisco, playing all 48 minutes again in a 135–117 victory. If only he had been more efficient from the free throw line (15-25).

3) Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors - 78 points
December 8, 1961 vs. Lakers

This was the game that really started Wilt's streak of incredible performances in the 1961-62 season - and it came in a 151-147 loss to the Lakers. He went 31-62 from the field while playing 63 minutes, and once again, could have had more if he shot better from the foul line (16-31).

2) Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers - 81 points
January 22, 2006 vs. Raptors

We all know about Kobe's 81-point game. He had 26 at the half before exploding for 55 points in the second half in a 122-104 win. Bryant also made the most three-pointers of anyone on this list, going 7-13 from deep.

1) Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors - 100 points
March 2, 1962 vs. Knicks

The 100-point game. Playing all 48 minutes once again, Wilt went 36-63 from the field and actually made his free throws in this game, going 28-32 from the charity stripe. The end result was a 169–147 win over the Knicks and the best offensive performance in league history.

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