There’s a good chance we’ll never see someone break Wilt Chamberlain’s single-game scoring record.

On March 2, 1962, Chamberlain led the Warriors to victory over the Knicks by scoring 100 points, the most ever in an NBA game. He made 36 field goals and 28 free throws, both of which are also single-game records.

In the six decades since, the closest anyone has gotten to Chamberlain’s record is Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who scored 81 points on Jan. 22, 2006.

Only one active player has even scored 70 points in a game: Suns star Devin Booker.

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Who has the most points in a game in NBA history?

Wilt Chamberlain holds the record for most points scored in an NBA game with 100. Kobe Bryant ranks second with 81 points.

Other than Chamberlain and Bryant, the only players in NBA history who have scored 70 points in an NBA game are David Thompson (73), Elgin Baylor (71), David Robinson (71) and Devin Booker (70).

Chamberlain is the only player in NBA history with multiple 70-point games. He had six such games in his career.

Most points scored in an NBA game (Basketball Reference)

Rank Player Points Year
1. Wilt Chamberlain 100 1962
2. Kobe Bryant 81 2006
3. Wilt Chamberlain 78 1961
T-4. Wilt Chamberlain 73 1962
T-4. Wilt Chamberlain 73 1962
T-4. David Thompson 73 1978
7. Wilt Chamberlain 72 1962
T-8. Elgin Baylor 71 1960
T-8. David Robinson 71 1994
T-10. Devin Booker 70 2017
T-10. Wilt Chamberlain 70 1963
12. Michael Jordan 69 1990
T-13. Wilt Chamberlain 68 1967
T-13. Pete Maravich 68 1977
T-15. Wilt Chamberlain 67 4 times


Booker has the highest scoring game among active players with 70 points. A number of active players have scored 60 points in a game, including James Harden, LeBron James, Bradley Beal and Kemba Walker.

At the age of 20, Booker is also the youngest player ever to score 60 points in a game. The oldest? Bryant, at 37.

Fun fact: Kevin Durant, who has the fourth-highest career scoring average in NBA history, has never scored 60 points in a game. His career high is 55 points.

Source: https://www.sportingnews.com/us/nba/news/most-points-game-nba-history-full-list/hi7yxdd491y2e6aywbaipsoq