Friday, January 21

Who has the most points in the middle of NBA history? The full roster of players includes Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant

The NBA has seen many talented scorers go through the kind of hot streaks that force opposing coaches to shake their heads and shrug. There is simply nothing a group of defenders can do except hope the next shot doesn’t find its way through the back of the net.

Well, sometimes those hot streaks go on and on until the doorbell rings. Scoring races of that nature are often reserved for Hall of Famers like Wilt Chamberlain and Kobe Bryant, but occasionally a lesser-known talent can take their name into the record books alongside the all-time greats. (Hi Brandon Jennings!)

Which players have the highest scoring halves in NBA history? Let’s go over the list.

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Most points in one half in NBA history

Chamberlain is only at the top with his 59-point half, which was part of his record-setting 100-point game (more on that below). Bryant is not far behind, as he scored 55 points in the second half of a 2006 game, finishing with 81 points overall.

David Thompson and George Gervin, in particular, scored 53 points in the half on the same day in 1978. Gervin ended up scoring 63 points to win the Closest title race in NBA history.

Player Points Date Half
Wilt chamberlain 59 March 2, 1962 Second
Kobe bryant 55 January 2, 2006 Second
David thompson 53 April 9, 1978 First
George Gervin 53 April 9, 1978 First
Devin booker 51 March 24, 2017 Second
David robinson 47 April 24, 1994 Second
Wilt chamberlain Four. Five November 16, 1962 First
Rick barry Four. Five March 26, 1974 Second
Brandon jennings Four. Five November 14, 2009 Second

(Via Elias Sports Bureau)

Wilt Chamberlain’s huge half helps him reach 100 points

“The Big Dipper” lost 100 points in 48 minutes of work on March 2, 1962, when the Philadelphia Warriors defeated the New York Knicks by a final score of 169-147. By leading the Warriors to victory, Chamberlain broke his own single game scoring record of 78 points set on December 8, 1961 against the Los Angeles Lakers, a game that included multiple overtime periods.

Chamberlain finished with 100 points on 36 of 63 shots from the field (57.1 percent) and 28 of 32 shots from the free throw line (87.5 percent). Keep in mind that Chamberlain shot 51.1 percent from the line during his career, so hitting nearly 90 percent of his free throws in a game is something of an anomaly. He misses just one extra free throw and gets stuck at 99 (not impressive!)

Along with all the buckets, Chamberlain also grabbed 25 rebounds and found time to dish out two assists. The NBA didn’t record blocks until the 1973-74 season, so it’s likely they had some of those too. Heck, Chamberlain could have posted a 100-point triple-double.

The only thing more absurd than Chamberlain’s 100-point game was his stat line throughout the 1961-62 season. Seriously, just take a moment and think about this: 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds per game on 50.6 percent shooting from the field and 61.3 percent from the line (a personal best, by the way). Chamberlain attempted nearly 40 field goals and threw 17 free throws per game.

But that’s not the best part. Chamberlain averaged 48.5 minutes per game. If you’re scratching your head right now, yes, NBA games are only 48 minutes long. However, the Warriors also played 10 overtime periods that season, with Chamberlain recording 3,882 of a possible 3,890 minutes.

It’s safe to say that we won’t see any NBA player dwarfing those season numbers – or his famous 100-point total – anytime soon.

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