Brandon Jennings scored 55 points in a game only two weeks into his NBA career. He accomplished it while shooting 21-for-34 from the floor, being defended constantly by fellow rookie point guard Stephen Curry, and guiding the upstart Milwaukee Bucks to a victory and a 5-2 start to the season. The record has since been broken by several players including Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
The most points ever scored by a Bucks' player in a single game is 63 by Mike Dunleavy in 1983. The record for most points in a game by a Jazz player is 50 set twice: by John Stockton in 1999 and by Paul Millsap in 2013. The record for most points in a game by a Wizard is 47 set by Moses Malone in 1975.
In addition to these three players breaking their own records, they were also part of another trio who scored 46 points in a game: Jason Kidd, Mark Jackson, and Charlie Ward. This is the only game in NBA history where four different players have reached the mark. The other games with at least three scorers are listed below: Larry Bird (55), Wilt Chamberlain (50), Michael Jordan (46). There have been others who have scored 40 or more points in a game but they all belong to one player: Kobe Bryant (51), Kevin Durant (47).
There have been eight games where at least one player has scored 30 points in a game.
With the calendar trimmed following the end of the lockout, Jennings played and started in all 66 games. In 35.3 minutes a game, he averaged 19.1 points and 1.6 steals, both career highs. Similarly to the previous season, his season-high in points came against the Knicks in Madison Square Garden; this time, Jennings scored 36 points in a 100-86 victory.
Brandon Byron Jennings (born September 23, 1989) is a retired professional basketball player from the United States who played ten seasons in the National Basketball Association.
Jennings spent four seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks before being sent to the Detroit Pistons in 2013. He played the following three seasons with the Detroit Pistons until being moved to the Orlando Magic in 2016. He went on to play for the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards in the 2016-17 season.
With the NBA locked out for the start of the 2011-12 season, Jennings played in the D-League to keep in shape and prepare for the season. With the calendar trimmed following the end of the lockout, Jennings played and started in all 66 games. In 35.3 minutes a game, he averaged 19.1 points and 1.6 steals, both career highs. He also shot 39.5 percent from behind the arc.
Brandon Jennings played in the Drew League during the 2012 offseason. The league is an amateur basketball league that operates on Sundays in Southern California. Teams are made up of players from around the world who come together for a single game. Game play lasts three hours and takes place on courts that are usually located in high schools or community centers.
During his stint in the Drew League, Jennings scored 20 points twice and had five assists as an opponent. He also got into two fights while playing in the league. One of those fights occurred after a game when another player hit him with a ball. Another incident involved two teammates from USC getting into a fight during a break in the action. Neither player was ejected from the game, but both were suspended by the league for one game.
After the season ended, the Los Angeles Clippers offered Jennings a contract, but he refused it and decided to enter the 2012 NBA Draft. He was not selected during the draft's first round and so chose to continue playing in the D-League instead. His agent later announced that he would be returning to USC for his sophomore year.
However, Thompson's Denver Nuggets lost 139-137 on this night, but a 73-point effort is still outstanding. Thompson had a fantastic night by making 28 field goals and going 17-of-20 from the free throw line. Any guy who has scored the third-most points in an NBA game deserves a lot of credit.
After coming off the bench for most of his rookie season, Thompson got the start here in place of Kenneth Faried who was out with an ankle injury. This gave Thompson a chance to show what he could do, and he didn't disappoint making all five of his field goal attempts. He also went 5-for-5 from the free throw line helping him finish with 23 points.
This marks the first time in NBA history that a player has scored at least 20 points in each quarter. The previous record was 19 points, which Ben Gordon set in 2012 when he was with the Chicago Bulls.
Thompson's 23 points were also good for second best in the NBA this season, only James Harden (24) scored more points last week.
He broke the record held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who had 22 points in 1975 when the Milwaukee Bucks played the New York Knicks.
Abdul-Jabbar is now tied with Karl Malone who scored 21 points in 1997 when the Utah Jazz played the Seattle Supersonics.
In 34 games, he scored 1,272 points, with a high of 60. He only appeared in 20 games, but he earned 766 points. He has six games with 50 or more points, including a high of 63. Scored 50 or more points 14 times, including a high of 74 points in one game, and at least 60 points in six other games. In 28 games, he set a state record with 1,394 points. After his death in 1989, it was discovered that he had broken the Illinois high school scoring record previously held by John Salley with 1,329 points.
James Naismith invented basketball in 1891. He originally called it "basket ball" because he thought it would be easy to make baskets small enough for children to use. Today's basketballs are much larger than those used by Naismith's original players, but they do not exceed the size of modern balls used in other sports (26 inches in diameter).
The first official game of basketball took place on December 15, 1892, between Princeton and YMCA teams, who played for 11 minutes each. The YMCA team won 9-0. This game is now known as the first intercollegiate basketball game. Two years later, in January 4, 1894, Cornell defeated Yale in their first game of basketball. This early version of the sport was very different from what we know today. There were no rules against hand-checking or dunking (spiking the ball through the basket), and players could use their hands anywhere on their body except their hips.
On April 9, 1978, Thompson scored 73 points against the Detroit Pistons on April 9, 1978, the final day of the regular season, in an attempt to capture the NBA scoring championship, which he lost by percentage points to the San Antonio Spurs' George Gervin, who scored 63 points in a game later that day. Thompson's teammate Dave Bingham was given a technical foul for arguing a call, and ejected from the game, but returned after Bingham was awarded a second technical.
Thompson's career high is now 76 points, which he scored on November 1, 1979, against the New York Knicks. The Celtics won that game 129-118 in overtime. Thompson also had three games with at least 70 points, from 1977-78.'
Here are the other people who has scored at least 70 points in a game: Wilt Chamberlain (three times), Michael Jordan (once), LeBron James (once).
Thompson is one of only six players who have scored at least 50 points in each game they played during their career. The others are Chamberlain, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, and Jordan.
He also holds the record for most points in a single game by a Celtic, with 75 points. This was also against the Pistons, in 1978. Larry Bird is second on this list with 62 points.