The National Basketball Association (NBA) is renowned for showcasing the most talented basketball players in the world. Great players have left their mark on the league through impressive feats. One of the best ways for players to leave their mark on the game is by scoring a ridiculous amount of points. Here is a list of the most incredible scoring feats in NBA history.
Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-Point Game
Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game is the most significant and one of the mythical scoring feats in the NBA. In 1962, Chamberlain scored a mind-boggling 100 points in a single game during a matchup between his team, the Philadelphia Warriors, and the New York Knicks. Chamberlain’s performance can only be described as superhuman. Wilt made an astonishing 36 out of 63 shots from the field and 28 out of 32 shots from the free-throw line.
Kobe Bryant Scores 81 points in a Single Game
In 2006, Kobe Bryant put the entire league on notice by scoring an incredible 81 points in a single game against the Toronto Raptors. Kobe’s 81-point game remains the second-highest point total in an NBA contest, behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100. Kobe’s 81 points propelled the Lakers to a 122-104 victory over the Raptors.
Michael Jordan’s “The Flu Game”
In game 6 of the 1997 NBA Finals, Michael Jordan put on a show despite being severely ill with the flu. Jordan’s Chicago Bulls faced off against the Utah Jazz. Despite the severe flu-like symptoms, Jordan put up 38 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. His incredible 38-point game helped the Bulls win the NBA championship.
David Robinson’s 71-Point Game
In 1994, San Antonio Spurs’ center David Robinson scored 71 points against the Los Angeles Clippers. Robinson’s 71 points still hold the record for the highest-scoring performance by a player who didn’t go into overtime. The seven-foot center torched the Clippers with 26 of 41 shots from the field and 18 of 25 free throws.
Wilt Chamberlain’s 50 Point Per Game Season
During the 1961-62 NBA season, Wilt Chamberlain averaged an incredible 50.4 points per game. It is the only time in NBA history that a player has scored 50 or more points per game throughout an entire season. Chamberlain’s average was boosted by some historic games, including the 100-point game, a 78-point game, and a 73-point game.
Overall, the NBA has a rich history of scoring feats that have wowed fans worldwide. Every generation of players continues to push the limits of what’s possible on the court, and it will be exciting to see what the next great NBA scoring feat will be.