Friday, July 31, 2015

The NBA's 40-40 Club

NBA teammates who have both scored 40+ points in a game.

The NBA's 40-40 Club

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(BoopNote: This list was compiled from various sources — such as ESPN Stats, Elias, basketball-reference.com and quora.com — and while we believe it to be complete, there may be another 40-40 game floating around somewhere in history we were not able to find. We'll update it and repost if one pops up.)

Sunday night, Kevin Durant scored 51 points and Russell Westbrook added 40 and the Thunder pair became the 14th teammates (in 13 games; we'll explain) to each score 40 points in a game. They are the first to do so in a regular season game since 1996.

They also became just the third pair to go 50-40, and the first since 1983.

Two pairs of teammates on opposing teams (Nuggets and Pistons) each went 40+ on Dec. 13, 1983.

Here are the NBA games in which teammates each scored at least 40 points (*playoff game):

Date Team Opponent Result Player Pts.
*March 29, 1962     Lakers at Pistons L  117-118 Elgin Baylor
Jerry West
 45
 41
Nov. 14, 1964 Bullets Lakers L  115-127 Gus Johnson
Walt Bellamy
 41
 40
Feb. 11, 1970 Lakers at Warriors W 125-115 Elgin Baylor
Jerry West
 43
 43
April 10, 1977 Jazz Nuggets W 139-125 Pete Maravich
Nate Williams
 45
 41
Jan. 5, 1978 Suns at Celtics W 121-111 Paul Westphal
Walter Davis
 43
 40 
March 6, 1982 Spurs Bucks W 171-166
    (3 ot)
George Gervin
Mike Mitchell
 50
 45
Dec. 13, 1983 Nuggets Pistons L  184-186
    (3 ot)
Kiki Vandeweghe
Alex English
 51
 47
Dec. 13, 1983 Pistons at Nuggets W 186-184  
    (3 ot)
Isiah Thomas
John Long
 47
 41
March 19, 1984 Jazz Pistons W 143-125 Adrian Dantley
John Drew
 43
 42
*April 30, 1988 Rockets at Mavericks    W 119-108 Eric Floyd
Hakeem Olajuwon
 42
 41
*May 5, 1995 Rockets Jazz W 123-106 Clyde Drexler
Hakeem Olajuwon
 41
 40
Feb. 18, 1996 Bulls at Pacers W 110-102 Michael Jordan
Scottie Pippen
 44
 40
*May 6, 2000 Pacers Sixers W 108-91 Reggie Miller
Jalen Rose
 40
 40
Feb. 19, 2012 Thunder    Nuggets W 124-118
    (ot)   
Kevin Durant
Russell Westbrook   
 51
 40
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