They’re the performances that take your breath away. You know the ones we’re talking about. The ones where the shooter can’t miss; the ones with the big man that can’t be stopped. These are the contests where an individual’s point total keeps climbing, forcing you to ask yourself one simple question: How many points is he going to finish with?
As we wait in anticipation what will hopefully be another exciting year of NBA basketball, this seems like as good a time as any to take a look back through the record books at some of the most remarkable individuals scoring performances of all time.
With that in mind, here’s a breakdown of the ten highest individual single-game scoring totals in NBA history. Oh, and more than half of them belong to the same man.
10. Wilt Chamberlain, 70 points (3/10/63)
Only 10 times in NBA history has one man scored at least 70 points in the same game. Usually, that man’s name was Wilt Chamberlain. Chamberlain kicks off our countdown with a 1963 game between his San Francisco Warriors and the Syracuse Nationals. This was the sixth and final time Chamberlain reached the 70-point plateau, and it came in a 163-148 loss, when Chamberlain knocked down 27 shots and connected on 16 free throws .