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Who scored the most points in NBA history?
Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the record for most points in NBA history, scoring 38,387 over his brilliant 20 seasons in the NBA.
Lakers legend LeBron James is quickly closing in on him. He is currently 1,326 points behind Abdul-Jabbar. James will likely break the record at some point in the 2022-23 NBA season.
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Who scored the most points in the NBA in the 1980s?
Alex English holds the record for most points scored in the 1980s with 21,018. He starred for the Denver Nuggets throughout the decade, leading the league at 28.4 points per game during the 1982–83 season. English also earned eight consecutive All-Star appearances in the 1980s.
Moses Malone ranks second in the decade with 19,082 points. He averaged 31.1 points per game during the 1981-82 season with the Houston Rockets. As for NBA scores, the 1980s were the glory years of high-scoring games across the Association.
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What are the most points scored in an NBA game?
The Detroit Pistons lost 186 points in a three-overtime win over the Denver Nuggets in 1983-84. Denver also scored 184 points.
Detroit had three players scoring 35 or more points in the game, led by Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas (47) and John Long (41). Denver were led by Kiki Vandeweghe with 51 points, while the aforementioned Alex English lost 47.
As for regular play, the 1990-91 Phoenix Suns had 173 points in a landslide victory over Denver. Five different players scored 20 points or more, led by then-rookie Cedric Ceballos with 32 from the bench.
Phoenix’s 173 points matched a previous record set by the Boston Celtics against the then-Minneapolis Lakers during the 1958-59 season. Tom Heinsohn led all scorers with 43 points. The great Bob Cousy had 31. As a side note, the 1958-59 Celtics would win the first of eight consecutive championships, creating the greatest dynasty in the history of the sport.
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Who scored 100 points in an NBA game?
It was 60 years ago that Wilt Chamberlain set a record that has stood the test of time. On March 2, 1962, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Chamberlain lost 100 points to the Philadelphia Warriors against the New York Knicks.
He came in a 169–147 victory over New York. Chamberlain hit 36 of 63 shots while making 28 of 32 free throws. To top it off, he had 25 rebounds. Interestingly, this was also the Warriors’ last regular season game in Pennsylvania before moving west.
Since Chamberlain’s record-breaking performance, the late Kobe Bryant has come closest to equaling Wilt. He dropped 81 points against the Toronto Raptors in January 2006.
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What is the lowest scoring NBA game in history?
In November 1950, the Fort Wayne Pistons defeated the defending NBA champions Minneapolis Lakers by a score of 19-18. The combined 37 points remain the lowest in NBA history. Lakers star George Mikan led all scorers with 15 points.
The Pistons were surpassed by John Oldham with five points. In this pre-shoot clock era, the two combined for a mere 31 firing attempts. The Lakers won despite making just four of their field goal attempts.