NBA: Players with the Most Points Scored in a Game – By Team

Carmelo Anthony Now Holds The New York Knicks' Record For Most Points Scored In A Game

Carmelo Anthony Now Holds The New York Knicks’ Record For Most Points Scored In A Game

It’s been an up-and-down (mostly down) season for the New York Knicks, but there have been a couple of bright spots. Take Carmelo Anthony‘s 62-point game against the Charlotte Bobcats just over a week ago, for instance. Those are the most points a Knick has ever scored in a game – and that franchise has been around since season one (1946-47).

The Toronto RaptorsTerrence Ross scored 51 a day later, tying him with Vince Carter for that franchise’s record. Kevin Durant poured in 54 of his own a week earlier setting the Oklahoma City Thunder‘s team record (but not the franchise’s).

This all got me thinking. We already know the NBAers who have scored the most points in a single game league-wide. But what about each individual franchise’s scoring record?

Your answers below, led by Wilt Chamberlain‘s 100 for the Philadelphia Warriors (now Golden State) and Kobe Bryant‘s 81 for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Twelve teams have had a player score 6o points or more, and just about every franchise has had at least one 50-point scorer. Only the young Memphis Grizzlies and Charlotte Bobcats are still looking to make that mark.

Click on the dates below to see the box scores.

FRANCHISE RECORDS, MOST POINTS IN A GAME (BY POINTS)

TEAM/FRANCHISE PLAYER PTS OPPONENT DATE / BOX SCORE FINAL SCORE
Golden State Warriors* Wilt Chamberlain 100 New York Knicks Mar. 2, 1962 W 169-147
Los Angeles Lakers  Kobe Bryant 81 Toronto Raptors Jan. 22, 2006 W 122-104
Denver Nuggets  David Thompson 73 Detroit Pistons Apr. 9, 1978 L 139-137
San Antonio Spurs  David Robinson 71 Los Angeles Clippers Apr. 24, 1994 W 112-97
Chicago Bulls  Michael Jordan 69 Cleveland Cavaliers Mar. 28, 1990 W 117-113
Philadelphia 76ers  Wilt Chamberlain 68 Chicago Bulls Dec. 16, 1967 W 143-123
Utah Jazz* Pete Maravich 68 New York Knicks Feb. 25, 1977 W 124-107
New York Knicks  Carmelo Anthony 62 Charlotte Bobcats Jan. 24, 2014 W 125-96
Orlando Magic  Tracy McGrady 62 Washington Wizards Mar. 10, 2004 W 108-99
Boston Celtics  Larry Bird 60 Atlanta Hawks Mar. 12, 1985 W 126-115
Phoenix Suns  Tom Chambers 60 Seattle SuperSonics Mar. 24, 1990 W 121-95
Washington Wizards  Gilbert Arenas 60 Los Angeles Lakers Dec. 17, 2006 W 147-141
Sacramento Kings* Jack Twyman 59 Minneapolis Lakers Jan. 15, 1960 W 122-118
Oklahoma City Thunder* Fred Brown 58 Golden State Warriors Mar. 23, 1974 W 139-137
Atlanta Hawks  Dominique Wilkins 57 Chicago Bulls Dec. 10, 1986 W 123-95
Atlanta Hawks  Dominique Wilkins 57 New Jersey Nets Apr. 10, 1986 W 126-117
Atlanta Hawks  Lou Hudson 57 Chicago Bulls Nov. 10, 1969 W 133-132
Atlanta Hawks  Bob Pettit* 57 Detroit Pistons Feb. 18, 1961 W 141-138
Brooklyn Nets* Deron Williams 57 Charlotte Bobcats Mar. 4, 2012 W 104-101
Detroit Pistons  Jerry Stackhouse 57 Chicago Bulls Apr. 3, 2001 W 110-83
Houston Rockets  Calvin Murphy 57 New Jersey Nets Mar. 18, 1978 L 106-104
Indiana Pacers  Reggie Miller 57 Charlotte Hornets Nov. 28, 1992 W 134-122
Milwaukee Bucks  Michael Redd 57 Utah Jazz Nov. 11, 2006 L 113-111
Cleveland Cavaliers  LeBron James 56 Toronto Raptors Mar. 20, 2005 L 105-98
Miami Heat  Glen Rice 56 Orlando Magic Apr. 15, 1995 W 123-117
Portland Trail Blazers  Damon Stoudemire 54 New Orleans Hornets Jan. 14, 2005 L 112-106
Dallas Mavericks  Dirk Nowitzki 53 Houston Rockets Dec. 2, 2004 W 113-106
Los Angeles Clippers  Charles Smith 52 Denver Nuggets Dec. 1, 1990 W 137-121
Los Angeles Clippers  Bob McAdoo* 52 Seattle SuperSonics Mar. 17, 1976 L 122-111
Los Angeles Clippers  Bob McAdoo* 52 Boston Celtics Feb. 22, 1974 L 116-109
Minnesota Timberwolves  Kevin Love 51 Oklahoma City Thunder Mar. 23, 2012 L 149-140
Toronto Raptors  Terrence Ross 51 Los Angeles Clippers Jan. 25, 2014 W 126-118
Toronto Raptors  Vince Carter 51 Phoenix Suns Feb. 27, 2000 W 103-102
New Orleans Pelicans* Jamal Mashburn 50 Memphis Grizzlies Feb. 21, 2003 W 125-123
Memphis Grizzlies  Mike Miller 45 Golden State Warriors Feb. 21, 2007 L 118-115
Charlotte Bobcats  Stephen Jackson 43 Houston Rockets Jan. 12, 2010 W 102-94

FRANCHISE RECORDS, MOST POINTS IN A GAME (ALPHABETICAL)

TEAM/FRANCHISE PLAYER PTS OPPONENT DATE / BOX SCORE FINAL SCORE
Atlanta Hawks  Dominique Wilkins 57 Chicago Bulls Dec. 10, 1986 W 123-95
Atlanta Hawks  Dominique Wilkins 57 New Jersey Nets Apr. 10, 1986 W 126-117
Atlanta Hawks  Lou Hudson 57 Chicago Bulls Nov. 10, 1969 W 133-132
Atlanta Hawks  Bob Pettit* 57 Detroit Pistons Feb. 18, 1961 W 141-138
Boston Celtics  Larry Bird 60 Atlanta Hawks Mar. 12, 1985 W 126-115
Brooklyn Nets* Deron Williams 57 Charlotte Bobcats Mar. 4, 2012 W 104-101
Charlotte Bobcats  Stephen Jackson 43 Houston Rockets Jan. 12, 2010 W 102-94
Chicago Bulls  Michael Jordan 69 Cleveland Cavaliers Mar. 28, 1990 W 117-113
Cleveland Cavaliers  LeBron James 56 Toronto Raptors Mar. 20, 2005 L 105-98
Dallas Mavericks  Dirk Nowitzki 53 Houston Rockets Dec. 2, 2004 W 113-106
Denver Nuggets  David Thompson 73 Detroit Pistons Apr. 9, 1978 L 139-137
Detroit Pistons  Jerry Stackhouse 57 Chicago Bulls Apr. 3, 2001 W 110-83
Golden State Warriors* Wilt Chamberlain 100 New York Knicks Mar. 2, 1962 W 169-147
Houston Rockets  Calvin Murphy 57 New Jersey Nets Mar. 18, 1978 L 106-104
Indiana Pacers  Reggie Miller 57 Charlotte Hornets Nov. 28, 1992 W 134-122
Los Angeles Clippers  Charles Smith 52 Denver Nuggets Dec. 1, 1990 W 137-121
Los Angeles Clippers  Bob McAdoo* 52 Seattle SuperSonics Mar. 17, 1976 L 122-111
Los Angeles Clippers  Bob McAdoo* 52 Boston Celtics Feb. 22, 1974 L 116-109
Los Angeles Lakers  Kobe Bryant 81 Toronto Raptors Jan. 22, 2006 W 122-104
Memphis Grizzlies  Mike Miller 45 Golden State Warriors Feb. 21, 2007 L 118-115
Miami Heat  Glen Rice 56 Orlando Magic Apr. 15, 1995 W 123-117
Milwaukee Bucks  Michael Redd 57 Utah Jazz Nov. 11, 2006 L 113-111
Minnesota Timberwolves  Kevin Love 51 Oklahoma City Thunder Mar. 23, 2012 L 149-140
New Orleans Pelicans* Jamal Mashburn 50 Memphis Grizzlies Feb. 21, 2003 W 125-123
New York Knicks  Carmelo Anthony 62 Charlotte Bobcats Jan. 24, 2014 W 125-96
Oklahoma City Thunder* Fred Brown 58 Golden State Warriors Mar. 23, 1974 W 139-137
Orlando Magic  Tracy McGrady 62 Washington Wizards Mar. 10, 2004 W 108-99
Philadelphia 76ers  Wilt Chamberlain 68 Chicago Bulls Dec. 16, 1967 W 143-123
Phoenix Suns  Tom Chambers 60 Seattle SuperSonics Mar. 24, 1990 W 121-95
Portland Trail Blazers  Damon Stoudemire 54 New Orleans Hornets Jan. 14, 2005 L 112-106
Sacramento Kings* Jack Twyman 59 Minneapolis Lakers Jan. 15, 1960 W 122-118
San Antonio Spurs  David Robinson 71 Los Angeles Clippers Apr. 24, 1994 W 112-97
Toronto Raptors  Terrence Ross 51 Los Angeles Clippers Jan. 25, 2014 W 126-118
Toronto Raptors  Vince Carter 51 Phoenix Suns Feb. 27, 2000 W 103-102
Utah Jazz* Pete Maravich 68 New York Knicks Feb. 25, 1977 W 124-107
Washington Wizards  Gilbert Arenas 60 Los Angeles Lakers Dec. 17, 2006 W 147-141

NOTES

* Golden State Warriors: Chamberlain’s 100 points were scored for the Philadelphia Warriors. Rick Barry is the Golden State Warriors all-time leader.

Golden State Warriors Rick Barry 64 Portland Trail Blazers Mar. 26, 1974 W 143-120

* Utah Jazz: Maravich’s 68 points were as a member of the New Orleans Jazz. Karl Malone holds the Utah record.

Utah Jazz Karl Malone 61 Milwaukee Bucks Jan. 27, 1990 W 144-96

* Sacramento Kings: Jack Twyman scored 59 for the Cincinnati Royals. Chris Webber scored 51 in Sacramento.

Sacramento Kings Chris Webber 51 Indiana Pacers Jan. 5, 2001 L 93-91

* Oklahoma City Thunder: Nope, Kevin Durant is not the record holder for the franchise. Fred Brown scored 58 for the Seattle SuperSonics. But Durant does hold the OKC scoring record, with 54 points.

Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant 54 Golden State Warriors Jan. 17, 2014 W 127-121

* Atlanta Hawks: Bob Pettit scored his 57 for the St. Louis Hawks.

* Brooklyn Nets: Deron Williams holds both the New Jersey (above) and Brooklyn (below) single-game scoring records for the Nets.

Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams 42 Washington Wizards Mar. 8, 2013 W 95-78

* Los Angeles Clippers: Bob McAdoo had both of his 52-point games as a Buffalo Brave.

* New Orleans Pelicans: Technically, it’s the same team (location, arena, etc), but since they changed the mascot, here, separately is the Pelicans’ (as opposed to the New Orleans Hornets’) single-game leader. It’s Ryan Anderson, who scored 36 in December. Hey, it hasn’t even been a whole season yet. Someone will break 40 one of these days.

New Orleans Pelicans Ryan Anderson 36 Chicago Bulls Dec. 2, 2013 W 131-128

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Posted on February 4, 2014, in NBA Basketball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Corey Brewer now holds the single game regulation time scoring record for the Minnesota Timberwolves. 51 points. (Kevin Love scored his 51 points in 2OT).

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