Scoring in the NBA is at a premium, and it has been for some time. The greatest scorers in NBA history have notched some of the greatest performances, and they are shown here. Wilt Chamberlain owns many of the greatest performance, and his contribution has been cut to one for the greatest impact. These men used the 48 minutes of an NBA game to do something fans rarely see.
#1: Wilt Chamberlain’s 100
Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a game on March 2, 1962 for the Philadelphia Warriors. The 100-point game will likely never be matched, but it will be a legend for all time. Wilt Chamberlain may be the best scorer of all simply due to his size and ball-handling skills.
#2: Kobe Bryant’s 81
The high scoring games of the past were long-forgotten when Kobe Bryant scored 81 points for a depleted Laker team on January 22, 2006. His 81 points happened almost by accident as the team had no one to play around him. The team was struggling, and he was threatening to go to the Clippers. His basketball career was in flux, but he solved that with a performance that went to the final basket. He is the only man to score over 80 besides Wilt Chamberlain.
#3: David Thompson
David Thompson scored 73 points on the last day of the season in 1978 to win the scoring title. A massive effort was put in by George Gervin that same night to win the scoring title. Gervin went over 60 to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a victory, but David Thompson led the Nuggest with 73 points to take the scoring title back for himself.
#4: David Robinson
David Robinson was called The Admiral during his playing days because of his time in the Nany, his cool demeanor and willingness to help his teammates. He was a great scorer, but he erupted for 71 points in 1994 near the end of the season. His Spurs team was in contention in the western conference, and they needed every win they could get. David Robinson took over the game early, and he never looked back as he scored his 71 points over the balance of the game clock.
#5: Elgin Baylor
Elgin Baylor scored 71 points in 1960 for the Los Angeles Lakers long before he was Elgin Baylor and the Lakers were the Lakers. They were both coming into their own, and he used his performance to catapult his career and the Lakers into the spotlight. This is a game often forgotten because it happened so long ago, but it is one for the ages. Scoring over 50 points in that time was a challenge, and Baylor did not have the size of a Wilt Chamberlain to work with. He used nothing but skill to picket all his points.
#6: Wilt Chamberlain’s Other Games
Wilt Chamberlain will appear on a top ten list of highest-scoring games six times because of his dominance in the 60s. He was such a physical force that no other player could defend him aside from Bill Russell. His greatest scoring efforts happened away from the Celtics, and he amassed so many points that he retired as the all-time scoring leader. A fan of basketball would love to see just one of these games, and Wilt had six.
The best scoring games in NBA history as a testament to the will of one man to help his team win. Nothing was shown but determination and grit as these games were played, and the results speak to the unsurpassed skill of the greatest players in history.