Who has the most 70 point games in NBA history? The 70-point performance is highly unusual. In the past history of the NBA, only six players have scored 70-points or more, with the Wilt Chamberlain accounting for the six of the eleven scoring bursts overall. Of course, that is not to suggest that each 70-point game is identical.
Efficiency is important, as is the ability to contribute in other areas. The significance of the game must also be considered. All 11 70-point performances have been ranked using the following criteria for this list:
Box Score Rank: Scoring is fantastic, but participating in other activities is crucial.
Efficiency Rank: That being said, it is more difficult to score 70 points on 60 percent shooting than it is to do so on 40 percent.
Significance Rank: What was the significance of this game? Opponents, records, and history were all weighed.
Average Rank: The average of all three ratings. The lower the value, the better. If there is a tie between total points and average ranks, the total number of points scored will be used as a tie-breaker.
Wilt Chamberlain Scores 72 Against Lakers In A Loss
It is not that 70-point games are terrible, but one of Chamberlain’s performances has to rank at the bottom given his domination in the early 1960s. He scored 70 or more points while playing for the Lakers in 1968…twice. However, twice it was insufficient.
The San Francisco Warriors were beaten by the Lakers 127-115, with Jerry West and Elgin Baylor scoring a combined 79 points to help L.A. No other Warrior scored more than 15 points.
During the early stages of his career, Joe’s teams were not successful. After winning just 30 games in 1962-63, the Warriors plummeted to 31-49 during the following season.
20-Years-Old Devin Booker Becomes The Youngest Ever To Score 70
Booker has the most unexpected 70-point game in history, scoring 70 points against the Celtics in Boston while just a 20-year-old sophomore. Doing so before his 21st birthday made Booker the NBA’s youngest player ever to reach 60 or more points, and his six assists in the match were also a league record.
With Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, TJ Warren, and Tyson Chandler all out for a non-competitive game for the lottery-bound Suns, Booker came through in a big way against a good Celtics team fighting for postseason positioning.
Booker’s defensive aggressiveness, efficiency, and three-point shooting combined to make him an unguardable sharpshooter, as he went off for 70 points against a swarming Boston Celtics defense that had Marcus Smart, Jae Crowder, and Jaylen Brown defending him.
Despite his good shooting performance, he finished with the lowest field-goal percentage (52.5 percent) among all 11 games with 70 or more points. Despite his efforts, Phoenix would lose the game 130-120.
Wilt Chamberlain Goes For 73 Against The Knicks
Three of the 11 70-plus-point performances in NBA history were recorded against the Knicks. When Chamberlain’s San Francisco Warriors visited New York, they were 3-13 on the season. Not only did the 7’1″ center score 73 points against them, but he also hit all 31 free throws.
Chamberlain came up big on Tuesday, finishing 29-of-43 from the field (67.4 percent) and 15-of-19 from the line (78.9 percent), despite having an all-time low free throw success rate of 59.3 percent throughout his career. The scoring effort would be even higher if it were not for the quality of competition faced.
Wilt Chamberlain Pulls Down 43 Rebounds To Go With 78 Points Vs. Lakers
The third-highest scoring game in history occurred on March 2, 1961, when Chamberlain scored 78 points against the Los Angeles Lakers during a three-overtime loss. In his 63 minutes of playing time, Chamberlain notched 43 rebounds (the most ever in a 70-plus-point game), which is remarkable considering that he was just 6’9″.
Like in his previous encounter with the Lakers, two superstars were more effective than one. The only Warrior to score more than 19 points was Elgin Baylor (63 points), who scored 63 for L.A. Jerry West (32 points, 10 assists) and others carried L.A to a 151-147 victory, as they had done in their previous meeting with the Lakers. Although it was Chamberlain’s highest-scoring game ever, it was also his least efficient performance (31 of 62 shooting) of any of the 70+ point performances.
Wilt Chamberlain Gets 70 On 71 Syracuse Nationals Vs. Percent Shooting
In just his second season, Chamberlain scores another 70 points against a Syracuse Nationals squad that would later become the Philadelphia 76ers. The Nationals would finish 48-32, significantly ahead of San Francisco’s 31-49 Warriors even if no one on Syracuse could stop him on this night.
In his second game back after missing the previous eight, Chamberlain scored 27 points on 13-of-22 shooting (61.5 percent) and a perfect 7-of-7 from the line to help lead the Wizards to victory against the Trail Blazers. The Nats put up 163 points in regulation while the Warriors had 148.
Elgin Baylor Sets The Record With The 71 Points In 1960
Baylor’s legacy extends far beyond the venerable Ferndell family, whose residence has been in his charge for more than a century. Over the last decade, Baylor accumulated nearly 835 wins at a variety of levels and was named National Coach of the Year in 1992 by Basketball Times, as well as earning numerous other accolades. In 1960, Baylor scored an NBA Finals record 71 points against the New York Knicks, one of three such games against them that season.
Baylor, who topped 6’5″ and was an All-American, scored 34.8 points per game during the 1960-61 season while at Baylor University. As one of the NBA’s top rebounders, he pulled down 25 rebounds to go with his 71 points in a 123-108 victory.
Wilt Chamberlain Scores 73 And 62 In Back-to-Back Nights
While it took Chamberlain 62 shots to score his first 70-plus-point game roughly a month before, against the Chicago Packers (now the Washington Wizards), his performance was considerably more effective.
Wilt Chamberlain scored a record 73 points against the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962, in a 135-117 win. Wilt controlled the game with his 73 points and 36 rebounds in a 135-117 victory. Despite putting up those numbers and playing all 48 minutes, he went out and scored 62 points the next night against Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics.