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Donovan Mitchell’s 71 Points Ranked All Time

We’ve had to update Game Score a few times recently now. Two of the top 6 games in the last 40 years at least have been played with in days of each other now. It’s a crazy time in the NBA from game to game with Jokic putting up historic tripple doubles, LeBron scoring 47 at 38 years old, and now Mitchell joining Luka with one of the best games in history the same week.

1Michael Jordan*64.61990-03-28
2Kobe Bryant*63.52006-01-22
3Donovan Mitchell60.82023-01-02
4Karl Malone*60.21990-01-27
5James Harden56.62018-01-30
6Luka Don?i?56.32022-12-27
7Michael Jordan*54.71988-04-03
    1. Michael Jordan (64.6): 69 pts, 23-37 FG, 18 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 Stl
    2. Kobe Bryant (63.5): 81 pts, 28-46 FG, 18-20 FG, 3 Stl
    3. Karl Malone (60.2): 61 pts, 21-26 FG, 19-23 FT, 18 Reb
    4. Donovan Mitchell(60.8) 71pts 22-34 FG, 20-25 FT 11 Ast, 8 Reb
    5. James Harden (56.6): 60 pts, 10 Reb, 11 Ast, 17-18 FT, 4 Stl
    6. Luka Doncic (56.3): 60 pts, 21 Reb, 10 Ast, 21-31 FG, 16-22 FT

There was a David Thompson 73 point game that would have ranked as well if you go back to 1978 unlike on sports reference that goes back to 1983.

David Thompson (57.0): 73 pts, 28-38 FG, 17-20 FT, 7 Reb

Wilt and some of the players from the 1960’s may have had some big games, but they didn’t feature this kind of efficiency or per-possession value. Mitchell was in overtime like Jordan’s and Luka’s as well. I don’t think it diminishes it. The 11 assist is especially impressive while scoring that many and with 8 rebounds nearly registered his own 70 point triple double.

minFGFA3pt3ptaFTMFTA
100Wilt Chamberlain*March 2, 1962169?147483663??2832
81Kobe Bryant*January 22, 2006122?1044228467131820
78Wilt Chamberlain*December 8, 1961147?151633162??1631
78Wilt Chamberlain*January 13, 1962135?117482948??1525
78Wilt Chamberlain*November 16, 1962127?111482943??1519
73David Thompson*April 9, 1978137?139432838??1720
72Wilt Chamberlain*November 3, 1962115?127?2948??1418
72Elgin Baylor*November 15, 1960123?108452848??1518
72David Robinson*April 24, 1994112?97442641121825
71Donovan Mitchell^January 2, 2023145?1345022347152025
71Wilt Chamberlain*March 10, 1963148?163482738??1622
70Devin Booker^March 24, 2017120?1304521404112426
69Michael Jordan*March 28, 1990117?113502337262123
69Wilt Chamberlain*December 16, 1967143?123?3040??822
68Pete Maravich*February 25, 1977124?107432643??1619
68Wilt Chamberlain*March 9, 1961135?126?2737??1317
68Wilt Chamberlain*February 17, 1962121?128482644??1520
68Wilt Chamberlain*February 25, 1962135?149482538??1722
67Wilt Chamberlain*January 11, 1963129?134?2847??1117
66Wilt Chamberlain*February 9, 1969134?116482935??818
66Wilt Chamberlain*February 13, 1962132?152482440??1730
66Wilt Chamberlain*February 27, 1962147?137482543??1520
66Wilt Chamberlain*February 7, 1966132?125?2843??920
65Kobe Bryant*March 16, 2007116?1115023398121112
65Elgin Baylor*November 8, 1959136?115?2547??1419
65Rick Barry*March 26, 1974143?120433045??45
64Michael Jordan*January 16, 1993124?12847274915911
64Joe Fulks*February 10, 1949108?87?2756??914
64Elgin Baylor*December 8, 1961151?147?2355??1724
64Jerry West*January 17, 1962129?121392236??1922
64Wilt Chamberlain*December 14, 1962118?120?2441??1520
64Wilt Chamberlain*November 26, 1964117?128?2758??920
64George Gervin*April 9, 1978132?153332349??1720
63Michael Jordan*April 20, 1986131?135532241001921
63Wilt Chamberlain*January 14, 1962136?145482745??810
63Wilt Chamberlain*January 17, 1962136?130532448??1420
63Wilt Chamberlain*January 21, 1962139?132532542??1217
63Wilt Chamberlain*January 29, 1963123?103?2744??817
63Wilt Chamberlain*November 15, 1964122?106?2644??1021
63Wilt Chamberlain*March 3, 1966135?125?2639??1019
63Tracy McGrady*March 10, 2004108?994620375141726
63Kobe Bryant*December 20, 2005112?903318314102225
63Carmelo Anthony^January 24, 2014125?963923356111010
62Stephen Curry^January 3, 2021137?1223618318161819
62George Mikan*January 20, 195291?81?2245??1721
62Wilt Chamberlain*December 9, 1961135?113482848??510
62Wilt Chamberlain*February 22, 1962139?121482136??1934
62Wilt Chamberlain*February 28, 1962128?119482446??1317
62Elgin Baylor*April 14, 1962126?121?2246??1719
62Wilt Chamberlain*November 21, 1962139?143?2752??715
62Wilt Chamberlain*December 11, 1962136?124?2757??711
62Wilt Chamberlain*December 18, 1962130?110?2653??914
62Michael Jordan*March 4, 1987125?120432239001718
62Michael Jordan*April 16, 1987114?117412238031721
62Karl Malone*January 27, 1990144?96332126001923
62Shaquille O’Neal*March 6, 2000123?103452435001322
62Kobe Bryant*February 2, 2009126?117371931362020
62LeBron James^March 3, 2014124?107412233810912
62James Harden^January 23, 2019114?1104017385202225
62James Harden^March 22, 2019111?1053719349131417
62Damian Lillard^January 20, 2020129?12445173711201616
61Damian Lillard^August 11, 2020134?1314117329171818
61Wilt Chamberlain*December 1, 1961138?117482247??1626
61Wilt Chamberlain*December 29, 1961123?118482443??1219
61Wilt Chamberlain*January 26, 1969126?113?2236??1624
61Bernard King*December 25, 1984114?120411930002226
61Larry Bird*March 12, 1985126?115432236141516
61Tom ChambersMarch 24, 1990121?95422232001618
61Allen Iverson*February 12, 2005112?99421736252427
61Gilbert ArenasDecember 17, 2006147?1414917325122127
61Kobe Bryant*March 22, 2007121?119452037371718
61Kobe Bryant*April 13, 2016101?964222506211012
61Klay Thompson^December 5, 2016142?1062921338141011
61James Harden^January 30, 2018114?1074619305141718
61Kemba Walker^November 17, 2018119?1224521346141212
61Damian Lillard^November 8, 2019115?1194019337161515
61James Harden^November 30, 2019158?1113116248142023
61Bradley Beal^January 6, 2021136?1413820357101315
61Jayson Tatum^April 30, 2021143?140452037571517
61Karl-Anthony Towns^March 14, 2022149?1393619317111516
61Kyrie Irving^March 15, 2022150?1083520318121213
60Luka Don?i?^December 27, 2022126?121472131261622

Tracking since the 3 point line started in 1980 you can see how special the game really is the last 40+ years.

minFGFA3pt3ptaFTMFTA
81Kobe Bryant*January 22, 2006122?1044228467131820
72David Robinson*April 24, 1994112?97442641121825
71Donovan Mitchell^January 2, 2023145?1345022347152025
70Devin Booker^March 24, 2017120?1304521404112426
69Michael Jordan*March 28, 1990117?113502337262123
65Kobe Bryant*March 16, 2007116?1115023398121112
64Michael Jordan*January 16, 1993124?12847274915911
63Michael Jordan*April 20, 1986131?135532241001921
63Tracy McGrady*March 10, 2004108?994620375141726
63Kobe Bryant*December 20, 2005112?903318314102225
63Carmelo Anthony^January 24, 2014125?963923356111010
62Stephen Curry^January 3, 2021137?1223618318161819
62Michael Jordan*March 4, 1987125?120432239001718
62Michael Jordan*April 16, 1987114?117412238031721
62Karl Malone*January 27, 1990144?96332126001923
62Shaquille O’Neal*March 6, 2000123?103452435001322
62Kobe Bryant*February 2, 2009126?117371931362020
62LeBron James^March 3, 2014124?107412233810912
62James Harden^January 23, 2019114?1104017385202225
62James Harden^March 22, 2019111?1053719349131417
62Damian Lillard^January 20, 2020129?12445173711201616
61Damian Lillard^August 11, 2020134?1314117329171818
61Bernard King*December 25, 1984114?120411930002226
61Larry Bird*March 12, 1985126?115432236141516
61Tom ChambersMarch 24, 1990121?95422232001618
61Allen Iverson*February 12, 2005112?99421736252427
61Gilbert ArenasDecember 17, 2006147?1414917325122127
61Kobe Bryant*March 22, 2007121?119452037371718
61Kobe Bryant*April 13, 2016101?964222506211012
61Klay Thompson^December 5, 2016142?1062921338141011
61James Harden^January 30, 2018114?1074619305141718
61Kemba Walker^November 17, 2018119?1224521346141212
61Damian Lillard^November 8, 2019115?1194019337161515
61James Harden^November 30, 2019158?1113116248142023
61Bradley Beal^January 6, 2021136?1413820357101315
61Jayson Tatum^April 30, 2021143?140452037571517
61Karl-Anthony Towns^March 14, 2022149?1393619317111516
61Kyrie Irving^March 15, 2022150?1083520318121213
60Luka Don?i?^December 27, 2022126?121472131261622

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