Who has the most 50 point games in NBA history? Full list of player leaderboard

Who has the most 50 point games in NBA history? Full list of player leaderboard

It should come as no surprise if legends Wilt Chamberlain or Michael Jordan dominate or sit atop any scoring record in NBA history. 

The duo sits atop the leaderboard for most scoring titles and highest career scoring average. Jordan leads the way with 10 scoring titles and a career points average of 30.12 points while Chamberlain has seven scoring titles to his name with a career scoring average of 30.07

However, when it comes to the most 50-point games, nobody can touch Wilt.

Not even close. 

The Big Dipper dominates the leaderboard, having scored 50 or more an NBA record 118 times, in a total of 1045 career games, holding a huge lead over second-placed Hall of Famer Jordan. 

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In fact, a majority of Chamberlain’s 50-point games came in the two seasons from 1961 to 1963 when he scored 50 or more as many as 75 times with 45 in the 1961-62 season — the campaign when the big man averaged an NBA record 50.4 points per game. He had more 50-point games in that season alone than any other player has in their entire career.

Jordan has 31 50-point games to his name in 1072 career regular-season games. 

Leaderboard for most 50-point games in NBA history
  Player 50-point games
1. Wilt Chamberlain 118
2. Michael Jordan 31
3. Kobe Bryant 25
4. James Harden 23
5. Elgin Baylor 17
6. Rick Barry 14
7. LeBron James 12
  Damian Lillard 12
9. Allen Iverson 11
10. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 10

After the two legends, the late Kobe Bryant ranks third with 25 50-point games. His position is under threat from James Harden, the highest active player on this list.

The Beard is one of three active players on this list with the other duo being LeBron James and Damian Lillard — both being tied for seventh all-time with 50-point games. Half of Lillard’s 50-point games came during the prolonged 2019-20 season, recording two of his six during the eight seeding games in the Orlando bubble. 

In fact, that season Lillard scored 60 or more thrice, becoming only the second player in NBA history after Chamberlain to do so. 

Active players who could break into the Top 10 is two-time former MVP Stephen Curry, who has nine career 50-point games and only needs a couple more to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s tally of 10 for the 10th spot. 

Curry recorded three of those 10 games in the 2020-21 campaign when he won the scoring title with a scoring average of 32.0. So, it would be safe to bet on the baby-faced assassin to crack into the Top 10. 

Most 50-Point Games Among Active Players
  Player 50-Point Games
1. James Harden 23
T2. LeBron James 12
T2. Damian Lillard 12
4. Stephen Curry 9
5. Kevin Durant 6
T6. Bradley Beal 5
T6. Russell Westbrook 5
T8. Carmelo Anthony 4
T8. Anthony Davis 4
T8. Kyrie Irving 4


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