History of the NBA
Unusual NBA Records #21-30

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History of the NBA: NBA Records #21-30

Highest per game scoring average by an individual:

Wilt Chamberlain

He averaged 50.4 points per game during the 1961-62 season.

Worst start to great finish in the NBA:

Dave Bing

As the #2 pick of the Detroit Pistons in the1966 NBA draft, he missed his first 6 shots and went scoreless for the first time in his basketball career. He went on to become only the 6th player in NBA history to score more than 1,600 points.

Most NBA titles won by an individual:

Bill Russell

When he retired on May 5, 1969 he had won 11 titles as a member of the Boston Celtics. No player in NBA history has matched this record.

Highest minutes per game average by an individual:

Nate "Tiny" Archibald

He led the league in minutes per game during the 1970-71 season with an average of 46 per game.

Pts/game and assists/game leader in the same season:

Nate "Tiny" Archibald

He led the league in scoring with 34 points per game and 11.4 assists, becoming the only player in the history of the NBA to get this type of double-double.

Most wins in a regular season and most wins in a row:

Los Angeles Lakers

On May 7, 1972, they defeated the New York Knicks in the 1972 NBA Finals to win an unprecedented 69 regular-season games, including an NBA record of 33 in a row.


Highest scoring game in NBA history:


On December 13, 1983 the Detroit Pistons defeated the Denver Nuggets in a triple-overtime game that last 3 hours and 11 minutes.

The game set other records:

  • Highest score by one team (Detroit, 186)
  • Highest score by a losing team (Denver, 184)
  • Most points scored by 2 teams (370)
  • Most players with 40 or more points (4)
  • Most field goals made by two teams (142)
  • Most field goals made by one team (Detroit, 74)
  • Most assists by both teams (93)

And one more amazing fact: The highest scoring game in the history of the NBA only produced two 3-point goals, one by each team.

Best back-to-back game performance:

Bernard King

He was a member of the New York Knicks when he scored 100 points with back-to-back 50-point games on January 31 and Feb 1 of 1985. He converted 40 of 58 field goal attempts (77%) and 20 of 22 from the line (90%).

Best performance coming off an injury:

Michael Jordan

He missed 64 regular season games after breaking a bone in his foot during the 1985-86 season. He came in to play in Game 1 of the First Round match-up against the Boston Celtics and scored 63 points.

First regular season game played outside N. America:

November 2, 1990

The NBA became the first major U.S. sports league to play a regular season game outside of North America. The Phoenix Suns played the Utah Jazz to tip off the NBA Japan Games.

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