Skip to main content

The Highest Scoring Game in NBA History

Pistons-vs-Nuggets

Modern basketball has become very fast, as the evolution of players and higher than ever usage of the three-point line has busted into the scene, you would think that we will see the biggest number of points in a game in this era. But that record still belongs to the year of 1983.

On December 13th, 1983 the Denver Nuggets hosted the Detroit Pistons in a game that would end up in the history books; as the Pistons would go on to win 186-184 in triple overtime. Combined it was 370 points scored in 63 minutes of game time. To put into perspective how crazy the final score was, there has only been one All-Star Game with more points scored.

Twelve players from both teams would end up in double figures. For the Pistons Isiah Thomas scored 47 points, John Long had 41, and Kelly Tripucka had 35. On the other side the leading scorer of the game Kiki Vandeweghe had 51 points, and Alex English scored 47 points, but it wasn’t enough. This was the only game in history with four 40-point scorers.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Pistons forward Kelly Tripucka said after the game (via NBA.com):

At that time, if you go to Denver you know you’re going to be in for a scoring match. They didn’t run a lot of plays; they just kept running. We knew we had to play a certain way with them.”

This was before the Bad Boy Pistons were a thing as they weren’t known as a defensive force at the time, but rather a solid offensive team. And with the Denver Nuggets also being one of the better-known offenses in the league it was bound to be a spectacular exhibition. Definitely a record that may not be touched for a while.

Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler during media day

Is Jimmy Butler the ultimate troll or a business guru?

With Jimmy Butler moving towards the latter half of his career, it seems that he wants to start building his off-court brand.

Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan on Oprah Show

“He never understand what it takes to be a winner” — When Michael Jordan humiliated Charles Barkley on Oprah

It’s hard to tell if Jordan took Barkley’s joke personally, but what he said next changed the vibe and the entire atmosphere in a few seconds.

Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan

"I don't think I could truly be happy until I retire" - DeMar DeRozan pulls the curtain back on daily rigors of NBA life

There's one thing Chicago Bulls star DeMar DeRozan is looking forward to the most when he hangs up his sneakers for good.

Venus Williams and Shaquille O'Neal

When Shaquille O'Neal lied about having affairs with Venus Williams, Cindy Crawford, and Aaliyah

Venus Williams issued a strong statement upon hearing Shaquille O'Neal's claims.

Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan is defended by Detroit Pistons center James Edwards

“The Bulls complained all the time” — Kevin McHale reveals why the Detroit “Bad Boys” Pistons hated the Chicago Bulls

Unlike Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, Kevin McHale believes the physicality the Bad Boy Pistons played with was valid and it made his Celtics even better.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and guard Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook still does the same offseason workout he and Kevin Durant used to do in OKC — “It definitely helps”

Russell Westbrook revealed that he has been running on sand dunes for about eight years now every offseason and it has been helping him a lot.

New Orleans Hornets center Chris Kaman

How Chris Kaman got Player Exclusive "Air Sasqhatuces" from Nike in 2012

After he became an All-Star in 2010, Chris Kaman triggered a clause in his Nike deal that he’d get Player Exclusives