Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Wilt Week: Day 3

For Wilt, one is better than two.

Wilt Week: Day 3

Durant powers to the hoop for two of his 51 earlier this month ( AP  Photo )
Durant powers to the hoop for two of his 51 earlier this month ( AP Photo ) ASSOCIATED PRESS

Not only is Wilt Chamberlain the only man to ever score 100 points in an NBA game, no two teammates have ever combined for 100 points in an NBA game.

We bring this up now, because Wednesday night the most recent NBA duo to reach the 90-point mark come to the Wells Fargo Center in the form of Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. They went for 51 and 40, respectively, earlier this month.

Below are games in which teammates scored 90 or more points (*overtime; **triple overtime; losses in bold):

Notable: Al Attles (17 points) was the Warriors' second-leading scorer in Wilt's 100-pointer ... Wilt and Paul Arizin had combined for 99 points seven weeks prior to Wilt going the triple-digit route by himself ... The next closest regulation game was Kobe Bryant (81) and Smush Parker (13) going for 94 in 2006 ... Teammates on both teams in the Warriors' triple-overtime win over the Lakers on Dec. 8, 1961, made the list. The four combined for 192 of the game's 298 points  ... Wilt made the list nine times, with four different teammates ... Thanks to Mark Perner for the thought process here and his help in tracking down the scorers ... And special, big-time thanks to basketball-reference.com, which now appears to have box scores for every NBA game ever, either in its database or a scan of a box from a newspaper. Extremely helpful and much appreciated.

 Pts.   Team  Date  Scorer  Pts.   Scorer  Pts.
 117  Warriors   March 2, 1962  Wilt Chamberlain   100  Al Attles   17
   99  Warriors  Jan. 13, 1962  Wilt Chamberlain    73  Paul Arizin   26
   98  Nuggets  Dec. 13, 1983**    Kiki Vandeweghe    51  Alex English   47
   97  Warriors  Dec. 8, 1961**  Wilt Chamberlain    78  Paul Arizin   19
   95  Lakers  Dec. 8, 1961**  Elgin Baylor    63  Jerry West   32
   95  Spurs  March 6, 1982**  George Gervin    50  Mike Mitchell   45
   94  Lakers  Jan. 22, 2006  Kobe Bryant    81  Smush Parker   13
   93  Warriors  Dec. 1, 1961  Wilt Chamberlain    60  Paul Arizin   33
   93  Warriors  March 10, 1963   Wilt Chamberlain    70  Guy Rodgers   23
   92  Warriors  Feb. 22, 1962  Wilt Chamberlain    61  Paul Arizin   31
   92  Warriors  Feb. 27, 1962  Wilt Chamberlain    65  Tom Meschery   27
   92  Lakers  Feb. 2, 2009  Kobe Bryant    61  Pay Gasol   31
   91  Warriors  March 9, 1961  Wilt Chamberlain    67  Paul Arizin   24
   91  Warriors  Feb. 25, 1962  Wilt Chamberlain    67  Tom Meschery   24
   91  Thunder  Feb. 19, 2012*  Kevin Durant    51  Russell Westbrook    40
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