A. Chamberlain holds the following single-game NBA records (as of the 2019-20 season): points scored (100), points scored in a half (59), shots made (36), shots attempted (63), and free throws made (28). Also established a then-record for points in a quarter (31). Chamberlain's 60-point streak comes to an end...
Chamberlain also held the record for most consecutive games with a field goal made until Ray Allen broke it in 2012 (109). He is now second behind Kobe Bryant (110) on this list.
B. Moses currently holds the record for most points in a game by a rookie, with 51 points against the Philadelphia Warriors on November-10th-1957. Rookie players are defined as those who have played in at least one regular-season game but have no more than two seasons under their belt. The 2-year limit applies because the 1956-56 season was cancelled due to concerns about the health effects of concussions; therefore, Moses did not qualify as a rookie that year.
C. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the all-time leader in points scored per game with 44.6. He broke Moses' record in the first game of the next season (November-17th-1958). Two other players have reached 40 points in a game: Jerry West and LeBron James. No one has ever scored 50 points in a game.
Chamberlain, Wilt Wilt Chamberlain established the NBA single-game scoring record with 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169-147 victory over the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962. (The score was later revised to 105-103 in favor of the Warriors.) The next day, Chamberlain collapsed on the court after making his final shot and was taken to a hospital where he died at the age of 30 due to cardiac arrest. His death was later ruled as a probable heart attack.
He currently ranks third all time behind Karl Malone (113) and Kevin Durant (102). Before his death, many expected Chamberlain to break the 2,000 point mark this season.
In addition to his scoring record, Chamberlain held several other NBA records including most field goals made in a game (47), most free throws made (38), and highest percentage of field goal attempts made (57.7%).
Malone and Durant are the only two players to score more than 100 points in a game. No one has ever scored even half of Chamberlain's total so there is no clear favorite to beat his record.
It should be noted that until 1963, when Chamberlain set the record, it was considered an accomplishment if you scored more than 50 points.
Chamberlain, Wilt Wilt Chamberlain owns the all-time marks for total points (4,029) and points per game (50.4) in a season, both of which he set in 1961–62. He's also first in rebounds with 2,069 and blocks with 772.
In addition to being the greatest player ever, Bill Russell is also the guy who scores most points per game in a season. The Boston Celtics' captain averaged 50.4 points per game in 1960–61, when they won the championship.
The record has now been broken twice by LeBron James. In 2006–07, James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first championship in franchise history, while averaging 27.3 points, 6.8 assists, and 6.0 rebounds per game. Last year, he helped the Miami Heat win their first title, scoring 30 points or more in all but two games during the season.
James is already one of the greatest players in NBA history and with more than just years of experience, it's not out of the question that he could continue breaking records until they're no longer possible.
Wilt Chamberlain owns the all-time marks for total points (4,029) and points per game (50.4) in a season, both of which he set in 1961–62. He also ranks first in both categories among players who have appeared in at least one game that year.
Chamberlain's overall numbers are even more impressive when you consider that he played in only 70 games that season. The average player today would have less than 10 minutes per game off the bench!
In fact, only three players have ever led the league in scoring: Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James. Each of them did so at least once.
The top five seasons by point score are as follows: Wilt Chamberlain, 61-21-1 (.769); Moses Malone, 60-20-1 (.750); George Gervin, 59-21; Jerry West, 58-24; and Oscar Robertson, 57-13-1 (.791).
Malone and Robertson are the only two players in NBA history to lead their teams in scoring every year they played in the league. Only four other players have done it twice: Chamberlain, Russell, Bryant, and James.
Chamberlain owns the single-game scoring record with 100 points in a 1962 contest. Jordan (63) and Baylor (61) are the only players to score at least 60 points in a postseason game, both doing it once. The 2012 Lakers vs. Celtics NBA Finals scored 100 points without either team having more than five players remain after four games.
The 1972 Miami Heat played a game against the New York Knicks where they both scored 100 points. It was the first time that has ever happened in an NBA game. In fact, there have only been two other occasions when two teams scored 100 points in a playoff game: the 1972 Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks and the 2006 Detroit Pistons vs. San Antonio Spurs. Both of these games were in the First Round and all but the last minute of the fourth quarter went into overtime!
In addition to Chamberlain's record, West also holds the single-game playoff scoring record with 56 points. He scored 22 points in the 1964 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Boston. Moses Malone and Ralph Sampson each had 50 points in a single game. They did so in different years - Moses Malone in 1979 and Ralph Sampson in 1986.
There have been three games in NBA history where 500 points were scored: 1957, 1968, and 1969.