Scoring 40 points in an NBA game places you in elite company. 50 is even more rare, but what about 60? That is a rather exclusive club indeed. Check out this gallery of top NBA scoring performances.






1. Gilbert Arenas

Gilbert Arenas

Player: Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards
Points Scored: 60
Date: December 17, 2006

Opponent: Los Angeles Lakers
Did he win? Yes, 147-141

2. Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson

Player: Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers
Points Scored: 60
Date: February 12, 2005

Opponent: Orlando Magic
Did he win? Yes 112-99

3. Tom Chambers

Tom Chambers

Player: Tom Chambers, Phoenix Suns
Points Scored: 60
Date: March 24, 1990

Opponent: Seattle SuperSonics
Did he win? Yes. 121–95

4. Larry Bird

Larry Bird

Player: Larry Bird, Boston Celtics
Points Scored: 60
Date: March 12, 1985

Opponent: Atlanta Hawks
Did he win? Yes. 126–115

5. Bernard King

Bernard King

Player: Bernard King, New York Knicks
Points Scored: 60
Date: December 25, 1984

Opponent: New Jersey Nets
Did he win? No. Lost 114-120. After he scored 49 points the Nets put a 6’11” player on him and slowed him down.

6. Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O'Neal

Player: Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles LAkers
Points Scored: 61
Date: March 6, 2000

Opponent: Los Angles Clippers
Did he win? Yes, 123-103

7. Karl Malone

Karl Malone

Player: Karl Malone, Utah Jazz
Points: 61
Date: January 27, 1990

Opponent: Milwaukee Bucks
Did he win? Yes, 144-96

8. George Mikan

George Mikan

Player: George Mikan, Minneapolis Lakers
Points Scored: 61
Date: January 20, 1952

Opponent: Rochester Royals
Did he win?: Yes, 91-81

9. Tracy McGrady

Tracy McGrady

Player: Tracy McGrady, Orlando Magic
Points Scored: 62
Date: March 10, 2004

Opponent: Washington Wizards
Did he win? Yes, 108-99. He could have had more but missed 10 of his last 11 shots.

10. George Gervin

George Gervin

Player: George Gervin, San Antonio Spurs
Points Scored: 63
Date: April 9, 1978

Opponent: New Orleans Jazz
Did he win? Nope. Lost the game 132 to 153 but won the scoring title.

11. Jerry West

Jerry West

Player: Jerry West, Los Angeles Lakers
Points Scored: 63
Date: January 17, 1962

Opponent: New York Knicks
Did he win? Yes, 129-121. First player in NBA history to score 60+ points in fewer than 40 minutes total playing time.

12. Joe Fulks

Joe Fulks

Player: Joe Fulks, Philadelphia Warriors**
Points Scored: 63 (pre-shot clock era)
Date: February 10, 1949

Opponent: Indianapolis Jets
Did he win? Yes, 108-87

13. Rick Barry

Rick Barry

Player: Rick Barry, Golden State Warriors
Points Scored: 64
Date: March 26, 1974

Opponent: Portland Trailblazers
Did he win? Yes 143-120

14. “Pistol” Pete

"Pistol" Pete

Player: “Pistol” Pete Maravich, New Orleans Jazz
Points Scored: 68
Date: February 25, 1977

Opponent: New York Knicks
Did he win? Yes, 124 to 107 but he fouled out with 1:18 remaining

15. Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

Player: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
Points Scored: 69
Date: March 28, 1990

Opponent: Cleveland Cavaliers
Did he win? yes, 117-113

16. David Robinson

David Robinson

Player: David Robinson, San Antonio Spurs
Points Scored: 71
Date: April 24, 1994

Opponent: Los Angeles Clippers
Did he win? Yes, 112-97

17. Elgin Baylor

Elgin Baylor

Player: Elgin Baylor, Los Angeles Lakers
Points Scored: 71
Date: November 15, 1960

Opponent: New York Knicks
Did he win? Yes. 123 to 108

18. David Thompson

David Thompson

Player: David Thompson, Denver Nuggets
Points Scored: 73
Date: April 9, 1978

Opponent: Detroit Pistons
Did he win? Nope. Team lost 137-139 on the last game of the season and he lost the scoring title that year to George Gervin by .07 points.

19. Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Player: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Points Scored: 81
Date: January 22, 2006

Opponent: Toronto Raptors
Did he win? Yes 122-104

20. Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain

Player: Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors
Points Scored: 100
Date: March 2, 1962

Opponent: New York Knicks
Did he win? Yes 169-147