Everyone has heard the old phrase “records are made to be broken,” but there have been a few records in professional basketball that seem unbreakable. Analytics have become one of the most interesting aspects in today’s sports world. Experts and fans use numbers to make predictions and opinions on certain players and teams, and these stats can often times tell a story. The stories of how NBA records came to be are often times fascinating.
One of the most intriguing aspects of these record holders is who achieves these incredible feats, and the story of how these records came to be. Many records are held by some of the greatest players to ever step foot on the basketball court like Michael Jordan. There are also players who were not superstar basketball players but accomplished amazing achievements while in the NBA that cemented their legacy in the NBA record books. Some inconceivable records involve mind blowing individual performances on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. There are also professional basketball records that involve an entire team, and some of these records are good and some are bad.
15 Most Points in a Game: 100 Points by Wilt Chamberlain
One of the great accomplishments in sports is a moment that not many were able to see. On March 2nd, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain was already having one of the best years of his career before March 2nd. Chamberlain did not sought out to score 100 points in this contest, but after three quarters he had already reached the 69 point plateau. The Warriors were now determined to help Chamberlain reach the 100 point mark, and the Knicks were triple and quadruple teaming him to stunt him from reaching triple digits. With 46 seconds remaining in the game Chamberlain scored his 100th point and the fans were ecstatic.
14 Most Assists in a Game: 30 Assists by Scott Skiles
The NBA today has become less of a team oriented game and more of an isolation driven game. Many starting point guards fail to average over 10 assists a game, and the point guard position has evolved into a position that is relied on more for scoring in years past. Scott Skiles was picked up in the expansion draft by the Orlando Magic in 1989, after previously playing for the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers. He had mostly been a backup in the NBA before the 1990-91 season, but the performance that he put on on December 30, 1990, almost guaranteed his starting job throughout the rest of his tenure with the Orlando Magic.
13 Most Blocks in a Game: 17 by Elmore Smith
The NBA has seen its fair share of great shot blockers in players such as Hakeem Olajuwon, but no one has blocked as many shots in a game as Elmore Smith. Smith at the time was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers were set to face off against the Portland Trail Blazers on October 28, 1973, in an early season match up that unexpectedly would put Smith in the record books. Smith was the stepping stone center between Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the Lakers. He had the capability to score and rebound in double figures consistently, and against the Blazers he would end up with a different style triple double.
12 Most Games Played in a Season: 88 Games by Walt Bellamy
11 Fewest Combined Points in a Game: 119 Points by the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Hawks, February 27, 1955
10 Fewest Points in a Game: 49 Points by the Chicago Bulls, April 10, 1999
The Chicago Bulls had just endured the most successful decade of the franchises existence, with Michael Jordan bringing back to Chicago six NBA championships in an eight year span. The 1997-98 NBA season was the final championship that Jordan would win for Chicago before he retired from the Chicago Bulls. The 1998-99 NBA season saw a lot of negative change take place on the team, and the super star tandem of Jordan and Pippen ceased to exist in Chicago.
9 Most Consecutive 40 Point Games by a Rookie: 5 by Allen Iverson, April 7, 1997- April 14, 1997
8 Most Minutes Per Game Throughout a Season: 48.53 Minutes by Wilt Chamberlain
7 Highest Offensive Rebounds Per Game Average in a Season: 7.2 Offensive Rebounds by Moses Malone
6 Most Triple-Doubles in a Season: 41 Triple-Doubles by Oscar Robertson
The most triple doubles by one player during the 2015-16 NBA season was 18. Russell Westbrook was able to achieve this feat, but the impressive stat line pales in comparison to what Oscar Robertson was able to accomplish during the 1961-62 NBA season. Oscar Robertson was in his second year in the NBA with the Cincinnati Royals when he was able to average 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists per game. He is the only player in NBA history to average a triple double for the entire season statistically, and he had 41 total triple doubles on the year.
5 Most Rebounds in a Game: 55 by Wilt Chamberlain
4 Most Consecutive Games Played: 1,192 Games by A.C. Green
3 Most Points in a Half: 107 by the Phoenix Suns
2 The Double Triple Double: Wilt Chamberlain
1 Most Consecutive Games with a Three-Pointer: 152 Straight Games, Stephen Curry
Before our very eyes in today’s NBA we the fans get to see one of the most phenomenal shooting displays ever performed in the NBA. Stephen Curry can easily nail a three pointer from anywhere inside half court, and even if he is off balanced he still finds a way to convert on his threes. During the 2015-16 NBA season Curry averaged nearly five three pointers a game. These incredible shooting numbers have led to his ongoing record of 152 straight games with a three pointer. This record is still presently being prolonged, and with the way the Warriors roster has been configured Curry should have no problem lengthening it. The addition of Kevin Durant will minimize double teams on himself and give him more space on the floor to make it rain come game time.
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