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.


Arenas's performance put him in elite company.
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As far as where Arenas' performance ranks in NBA history, he is in an eight-way tie for 50th place for points in a single game. Listed below are the top single-game scoring performances.

Top Single-Game Scoring Totals
100 - Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia vs. New York on 3/2/1962.
81 - Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers vs. Toronto on 1/22/2006.
78 - Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia vs. L.A. Lakers on 12/8/1961 (3-OT).
73 - David Thompson, Denver, vs. Detroit on 4/9/1978.
73 - Wilt Chamberlain, San Francisco vs. New York on 11/16/1962.
73 - Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia, vs. Chicago on 1/13/1962.

Players to reach 60 since 1990
81 - Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers vs. Toronto on 1/22/2006 | Watch Video
71 - David Robinson, San Antonio vs. L.A. Clippers on 4/24/1994.
69 - Michael Jordan, Chicago vs. Cleveland on 3/28/1990 (OT).
64 - Michael Jordan, Chicago vs. Orlando on 1/16/1993 (OT).
62 - Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers vs. Dallas on 12/20/2005 | Watch Video
62 - Tracy McGrady, Orlando vs. Washington on 3/10/2004.
61 - Shaquille O'Neal, L.A. Lakers vs. L.A. Clippers on 3/6/2000.
61 - Karl Malone, Utah vs. Milwaukee on 1/27/1990.
60 - Gilbert Arenas, Washington vs. L.A. Lakers, 12/17/2006 (OT) | Video
60 - Allen Iverson, Philadelphia vs. Orlando on 2/12/2005.
60 - Tom Chambers, Phoenix vs. Seattle on 3/24/1990.

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:

107 = Kobe Bryant (L.A.) 81, Mike James (Tor.) 26

  • January 22, 2006; Toronto 104 at L.A. Lakers 122

  • 105 = Gilbert Arenas (Wash.) 60, Kobe Bryant (L.A.) 45
  • December 17, 2006; Washington 147 at L.A. Lakers 141 (OT)

  • 102 = Tracy McGrady (Orl.) 62, Gilbert Arenas (Wash.) 40
  • March 10, 2004; Washington 99 at Orlando 108

  • 102 = Kobe Bryant (L.A.) 51, Antawn Jamison (G.S.) 51
  • December 6, 2000; L.A. Lakers 122 at Golden State 125 (OT)

  • 101 = Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) 53, Tracy McGrady (Hou.) 48
  • December 2, 2004; Houston 106 at Dallas 113 (OT)