Where Does Gilbertís 60 Rank?
Posted Dec 18 2006 12:41PM
By Chris Bubeck
Washington guard Gilbert Arenas scored a NBA season-high 60 points in Sunday's 147-141 overtime win over the Lakers. An impressive feat, no doubt. His 60 points were also good enough for a career high and a franchise record, surpassing the 56 Earl Monroe scored vs. Los Angeles in February of 1968. But one might ask where his astounding total stands in the history of the NBA.
The 60 by Arenas, who entered the night averaging 28 points a game and has a career average of 22.1 a game, edged Milwaukee guard Michael Redd's season high of 57 scored on Nov. 11 in a loss to the Jazz. Arenas' total was the highest since Kobe Bryant poured in 81 points in January vs. the Raptors. Bryant's total is only surpassed by Wilt Chamberlain's 100 points for Philadelphia vs. New York on Mach 2, 1962.
Top Single-Game Scoring Totals
Players to reach 60 since 1990
Bryant also had a stellar performance on Sunday with 45 points for the Lakers. It was the seventh time in NBA history that one player had at least 60 points in a game, while an opponent had at least 45.
The last game in which the top two scorers combined for at least 100 points was January 22, 2006 when Bryant (81) and Mike James (26) of the Raptors scored a total of 107 points, as the Lakers defeated the Raptors 122-104, again in Los Angeles.
The 'top two' have combined for 100 points only five times since the 1991-1992 season:
105 = Gilbert Arenas (Wash.) 60, Kobe Bryant (L.A.) 45
102 = Tracy McGrady (Orl.) 62, Gilbert Arenas (Wash.) 40
102 = Kobe Bryant (L.A.) 51, Antawn Jamison (G.S.) 51
101 = Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) 53, Tracy McGrady (Hou.) 48