There are some exceptional scorers out there when looking at the best players in the league. However, we don’t talk enough about how Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in his last game. Bryant was one of the greatest players we’ve ever seen. Bryant remains the player closest to touching Wilt Chamberlain’s record of 100 points when he scored 81 points in 2006. That display of perfection continued until the last game of his career in 2016 when he scored 60 points in his last game against the Jazz. .
Looking back, you’d think a bigger club would be with Bryant in the 60-point club. However, 15 players will surprise you. These players have scoring records with the perks, and even an all-time scoring record as well. In the end, these players didn’t score 60 points in any game.
These are players who have never scored 60 or more points in an NBA game.
Chris Paul – 43 points
Despite all of Paul’s league achievements, he never scored 60 points. Paul never scored 50 points. Paul scored 43 points twice, both of which were with the New Orleans Hornets. One came in the 2007-08 season and the other came the following season. Paul’s best performance came during a 118-116 overtime win over the Grizzlies. Paul scored 15 of his 27 field goals and provided nine assists.
Magic Johnson – 46 points
Johnson was unique when it came to being able to score at a high rate and deliver nearly 15 passes per night. While a rhino in his own right, he never scored 50 points in any game. Johnson scored 40 or more points six times in his career. On this night, Johnson almost scored a triple-double but came once short. He finished the match with 46 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in a 127-117 victory over the Kings.
Kevin Garnett – 47 points
Garnett scored 40 or more points four times in his career but never made it to 50 or 60. Garnett scored 47 points against the Suns in 2005. He also added 17 rebounds one night as he shot well from the field. Garnett made 19 of 28 shots, as well as 9 of 11 free throws on the line. With 34 points from Amar’e Stoudemire, the Suns managed to win 122-115.
Hakim Aliwan – 52 points
The Nuggets used a balanced attack to beat Olajuwon’s 52 Points. Fat Lever and Michael Adams scored 22 points and 21 points, respectively. Olajuwon scored 52 points on 21 of 34 shoots, making 10 of 13 free throws on the line. Olajuwon also pulled 18 rebounds, but his 11 turnovers were doomed by the team as the Rockets lost 130-127 in 1990.
Giannis Antikonmo – 52 points
Although Antetokounmpo scored 52 points, the Bucks dropped their regular season contest to the 76ers in 2019. The finish was high as the Bucks beat the 76ers 43 to 41 in the final frame, but the rally wasn’t enough. Antetokounmpo was 15 of 26 from the field, including three 3-point field goals and 19 of 21 free throw attempts. The 76er managed to face Joel Embiid by scoring 40 points on his own in a 130-125 win.
Tim Duncan – 53 points
A night of 53 Duncan points wasn’t enough to stop the Dallas Mavericks in 2001. The 126-123 overtime win spoiled Duncan’s night when Steve Nash scored a game-winning three-point field goal with 0.6 seconds left. Duncan notched 19 of his 28 field goals and all 15 free throw attempts. He also scored 11 rebounds, but was outpaced by Spurs, Texas.
Dirk Nowitzki – 53 points
Nowitzki set the Mavericks record for goals in a single game with 53 points in 2004. The Mavericks also scored a 113-106 overtime win over the Rockets as well. Nowitzki scored 10 of the team’s 20 points in overtime. Dirk shot 15 of 32 from the field and took 21 of 22 shots at the free throw line. Nowitzki would have had a real shot to score 60 points if he had taken a few extra shots.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 55 points
A young kid in Milwaukee in 1971, Abdul-Jabbar put on a show by beating the likes of John Havlicek, Dave Queens and the Boston Celtics. With 55 points from Abdul-Jabbar, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Celtics 120-104. The NBA’s all-time leading scorer made 23 of 36 field goal attempts, including 9 of 11 at the free throw line.
Dwyane Wade – 55 points
The New York Knicks were no match for Wade, who scored nearly half of his team’s points in the 2009 game. Wade scored 55 points to lead the Heat to a 122-105 victory. Wade made 19 of the 30 field shooting attempts. This included firing 6 of 12 from a three-point range and making 11 of his 13 free throws. Wade also pulled nine rebounds. With Michael Beasley adding 28 points himself, the Heat were able to take the win.
Kevin Durant – 55 points
Last season, Durant had the best scoring game of his career. Durant set a new goal-scoring record for the Brooklyn Nets, but the Hawks spoiled the night with a 122-115 victory over the Nets. Durant has made 19 of his 28 field goals, including shooting 80% from a three-point range. Along with his 8 out of 10 shot from a three-point range, Durant also made 9 out of 11 free throw attempts. However, the nets couldn’t get past 37-20 in the second quarter.
Oscar Robertson – 56 points
During a regular game in 1964, Robertson scored 56 points in a 111-107 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Robertson led the Royal Family in scoring by shooting 17 of 33 from the field. He also added nine rebounds and 12 assists. Robertson was a double triple machine in his playing days. He almost did it again tonight. We would have remembered 60 Double Triple Points if that had happened before.
Charles Barkley – 56 points
One year after winning the MVP title, Barkley went on to play as one of the top players in the league in 1994. With 56 points from Barkley, the Suns outperformed the Warriors in a 140-133 win. Barkley made 23 of 31 shots to hit 74.2% from the field. He also scored three 3-point field goals and seven out of nine free throw attempts. You couldn’t have asked for a more efficient night as it was 75.0% from the three-point range and 77.8% from the free throw line.
Reggie Miller – 57 points
After a first quarter of 38 points, fans knew this was going to be a high-scoring game in 1992. The Pacers led the Hornets 76-70 at halftime and ultimately won the game 134-122. Miller shot 16 of 29 from the field and 21 of 23 from the free throw line. Miller fired 4 out of 11 from a three-point range in a night-time shooting from outside.
Russell Westbrook – 58 points
Westbrook had one of the greatest games of his life, but it wasn’t enough for Thunder to win. The Trail Blazers overcame the NBA’s top scorer with a 126-121 win as seven players scored in double figures in 2017. Westbrook fired 21 of 39 from the field, but missed 60 points due to a terrible fourth quarter, taking a 6-of-15 shot from the field. This included losing his last four shots in the last 1:23 of the match.
Anthony Davis – 59 points
One of the regular season nights in 2016 featured two below-average teams in the Pelicans and Pistons, but it was a night of exploration of the Pelicans star’s strength. With 59 points from Davis, the Pelicans managed to maintain a 111-106 victory. Davis fired 24 of 34 from the field, including two three-point shots. Davis made 9 of 10 free throw attempts as well. Besides his 59 points, he scored 20 rebounds. In the end, Davis was about to hit the 60 point mark.