Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game: Most points in a single game in NBA history

Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game: Most points in a single game in NBA history

Sixty years ago, on March 2, 1962, Philadelphia Warriors superstar Wilt Chamberlain poured in 100 points to set the NBA single-game record.

Chamberlain’s 100-point game is historic, setting a record that will likely never be broken.

Other players have gotten close – like Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game in 2006 – but we’ve seen few challengers to Chamberlain’s record since then.

In honor of his 100-point game, take a look back at the highest individual single-game scoring totals in NBA history.

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Most points in a single game in NBA history
Rank Player Points Year
1. Wilt Chamberlain 100 1962
2. Kobe Bryant 81 2006
3. Wilt Chamberlain 78 1961
4. David Thompson 73 1978
  Wilt Chamberlain 73 1962
  Wilt Chamberlain 73 1962
7. Wilt Chamberlain 72 1962
8. David Robinson 71 1994
  Elgin Baylor 71 1960
10. Devin Booker 70 2017

As you can see, Chamberlain dominates this leaderboard. With one 100-point game and four 70-point games during the 1961-62 season, Chamberlain put together one of the most historic years in not only NBA history, but sports history as a whole.

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Bryant’s 81 points against the Raptors in 2006 ranks second to Wilt’s record, while Booker’s 70 points against the Celtics in 2017 was the most recent challenge to that throne.

Booker aside, the next-closest active player to cracking 100 points? Both Stephen Curry (2021) and Carmelo Anthony (2014) have each tallied 62-point games, still a long way away from getting to the century mark.

Below, you can also find the highest individual single-game scoring records for the postseason.

Most points in a single playoff game in NBA history
Rank Player Points Year
1. Michael Jordan 63 1986
2. Elgin Baylor 61 1962
3. Donovan Mitchell 57 2020
4. Charles Barkley 56 1994
  Michael Jordan 56 1992
  Wilt Chamberlain 56 1962
7. Damian Lillard 55 2021
  Allen Iverson 55 2003
  Micahel Jordan 55 1997
  Michael Jordan 55 1993
  Michael Jordan 55 1988
  Rick Barry 55 1967

Jordan dominates the single-game playoff leader board in the same fashion as Chamberlain does for the regular season.

Chamberlain, surprisingly, never scored more than 56 points in a playoff game.

Jordan is responsible for five of the 10 highest individual scoring games in NBA playoff history, including his record book-leading 63 points against the Celtics in 1986.

There have been two recent challenges to Jordan’s postseason scoring record, with Mitchell going off for 57 points against the Nuggets in the bubble in 2020 and Lillard erupting for 55 points against the Nuggets last season, in 2021.

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