Throwback Thursday: 60-Plus Point Games


VIDEO: LeBron lights up Bobcats for 61 points

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Today’s TBT topic: Players to score 60+ points in a game

LeBron James became the 22nd player to score 60 or more points in a game earlier this week when he erupted for 61 points against the Charlotte Bobcats.

However, James’ high-scoring affair wasn’t the first time someone went for 60-plus points in March, as Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Rick Barry, Tom Chambers and Tracy McGrady all accomplished the feat in the past, too.

This week’s Throwback Thursday honors these players, as well as 11 others, who have scored more than 60 points in a game.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: 60+ Scorers

Which of these performances was the most impressive? Leave your comments below!

32 Comments

  1. J Walk says:

    I just find it amazing the Kareem ain’t on the list. for a guy with the most unstoppable move and the scoring champ, id a though he cracked 60 at least once.

    • Ryan says:

      Karl Malone’s is one of the better impressive ones. He actually played defense unlike many players. It was a record shattering night, not only did he have a player best for Utah Jazz, but it was the biggest win in Jazz history, and the worst loss in Bucks history!

      • M. Jordan still Kobe says:

        Why James fan always exaggerate?! There’s no defense if you watch the game against Bobcats.. then the next game he made excuses why they lost with Rockets because he’s tired of 61 points that’s why he missed the 3 point clutch shot to take into OT.. LOL! considering 61 points is way far from 81 points of Kobe.. Yeah.. that’s your MVP.. LOL!

        Carmelo Anthony did it with the same Bobcats team THIS YEAR with 62 points that’s 1/25/2014.. So if James did it as well what’s extra ordinary about it?! It only means that Bobcats team is not playing defense on him as what the great D.Wilkins says as well..

        THAT IS THE VERY FIRST AND PROBABLY THE LAST 60+ POINTS GAME OF LEBRON OUT OF 10 YEARS OF HIS CAREER! SO WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT IT?! WHAT WAS SO SPECIAL ABOUT IT?! KOBE DID IT SEVERAL TIMES WITHIN 10 YEARS OF HIS CAREER AND WINS THE GAME..

        At age 27 = 62 points Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers Dallas Mavericks 12/20/2005
        At age 28 = 81 POINTS Kobe against Toronto Raptors 1/22/2006.
        At age 29 = 65 points Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers Portland Trail Blazers 3/16/2007 (OT)
        At age 29 = 60 points Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers Memphis Grizzlies 3/22/2007
        At age 31 = 61 points Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers New York Knicks 2/2/2009

        NO WONDER WHY THE GREATEST PLAYER OF ALL TIME MJ CHOOSE KOBE OVER LEBRON ON THEIR PRIME..LEBRON IS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO KOBE’S GREATNESS..

  2. Leandro says:

    Carmelo scored 62 a few days ago and You haven’t even mentioned him!

  3. Kam says:

    I think they are mentioning players that scored 60 in the month of March only. Article s a lil vague.

  4. terryb says:

    Yeah, it clearly says “In March”, and then if you look through the photos you’ll see that Melo is in there.

  5. JoeRocker says:

    You should correct Larry Bird’s caption, as the Celtics lost in 1985 against the Lakers in the Finals!

    • Desmodeus says:

      The caption says the Celtics went on to make the finals not win them (unless of course they’ve corrected the caption since you posted your comment).

  6. coltraning says:

    Strangely, they left MJ’s 63 point playoff game against the celtics off the list. That was the single most impressive 60+ point game I ever saw, since, as opposed to so many, the game was in doubt til the last minute, and they needed every one of MJ’s points and it was a playoff game. That, along with Lebron’s cold-blooded 45 against the Celtics in game 7 of 2012 ECF are the two most singularly impressive individual scoring performances I ever saw. LBJ’s more so, since the entire season was riding on that game…

  7. Spiro says:

    You guys dont even mention Carmelo Anthony? He scored 62 and that to my knowledge is more than 61

  8. Miguel says:

    Hey what about MJ’s playoff record 63 point game against the Celtics in 1986. You mention Baylor’s Finals 62 points but not Michael’s. And Wilt had 32 regular season 60 point games non in the playoffs. Only Jordan and Baylor have scored 60 or more points in a playoff game… doesn’t that count for something? Kobe Bryant maybe second in regular season games; however, Jordan had that 63 point playoff game, so that should tie him with Bryant in this list.

    Just saying.

  9. Kendix81 says:

    LEANDRO are you reading it correctly?

  10. None Of The Above says:

    Michael Jordan’s on March 4th 1987 was against the Detroit Pistons one of the best teams in the league at the time (Adrian Dantley, Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Bill Laimbeer etc) so with the calibre of opposition along with over 56.4% FG shooting is impressive. Karl Malone’s for shooting percentage was strong.
    Wilt Chamberlain may have scored huge points but bare in mind he was 4 or 5 inches taller and 50-100 pounds heavier than every other player in every single game for most of his career (which is the only reason he dominated so much) and scoring mostly from in close like he did with that kind of size advantage isn’t exactly challenging. Any decent 7 footer could have dominated during that era simply because nobody would have been big enough to stop them.

    • Bigmatta23 says:

      WRONG wrong WRONG!!! You’re WRONG! Wilt played more minutes against more 7 footers than players today do.

  11. Rob says:

    So in the article you talk about 60 point games in March but about half of those mentioned in interactive gallery on this page are not games in March.

  12. basketballisMyThing says:

    How about David Robinson? LOL

  13. In my opinion i believe mj 60 plus point is the greatest performance because the way he handled the game.

  14. DC says:

    Gil scored 60 on Kobe and the Lakers, and set a record with most OT points in that game..that doesn’t get mentioned due to his slip-ups. How ironic -_-

  15. dustydreamnz says:

    Great article.

  16. TFONT says:

    Cool article.. nobody every mentions that Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 points were at Hershey stadium which doesnt come close to a full size NBA court… but hey still insane

  17. GoMavs says:

    Very few can ever say that they scored 60 points in an NBA game. Congratulations, James, for making the list.

  18. kyle says:

    WHO ALL IS APART OF THE 81 POINT CLUB. OH YEAH THATS RIGHT KOBE PRESIDES OVER THAT CLUB AND I DO BELIEVE THERES ONLY ONE MEMBER.

  19. joel says:

    yeah, MJ is always there but hey where is david thompson, dominique and david robinson

  20. Parish says:

    Even though they stated players who did it in March Melo makes the list and 10 other players. Although it was not technically March he is there. The caption however for Larry Bird is nitpicking. Come on dude leave it happy as it is. They Made The Finals.

  21. sakuragi says:

    what about MJ’s 63pt performance against larry bird and the boston celtics in the 1986 playoffs? duh?

  22. Bernie says:

    One word… MAMBA

  23. Kelvin Lee says:

    Please dont forget, the General David Robinson 70++points

  24. Mike says:

    Congratulations, LeBron! There have now been 64 60+-point games in NBA history. 21 players were responsible for half of those 64 games — and Wilt Chamberlain had the other 32.

    Now go back to dreaming that Jordan/LBJ/Kobe is the greatest ever…

  25. king flopper says:

    kobe had 5 games of 60+….wow

    wonder who had the most 40+games?