Throwback Thursday: Teammates to score 40

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Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of a game between the Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons where Adrian Dantley and John Drew of the Jazz both scored more than 40 points to help Utah defeat Detroit 143-125 on March 19, 1984.

This marked the ninth time in NBA history teammates each scored 40 or more points in a game. Since then, four other teammates accomplished the feat.

This Throwback Thursday, we honor the twelve teammates who achieved this extremely rare accomplishment.

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

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Who do you think were the most dominant teammates? Leave your comments below!


  1. lbj says:

    All we need s a throwback Thursday from our “king” LeBron

  2. xhz says:

    MJ and Pippen, hands down….

  3. Mark says:

    It’s happened five times since then with Hakeem doing it twice, once with Clyde and one with Eric Floyd. Other three were Jalen Rose and Reggie, Michael and Scottie and Durant and Westbrook.

  4. dud says:

    Westbrook and Dutrant????

  5. lbj says:

    Teammates scoring 40 will not get you a ring. You need to come out of retirement and play with king “LeBron James”

  6. derek says:

    forgot about durant (51) and westbrook (40) against the nuggets on feb. 19 2012

  7. Ramon says:

    Where’s Durant’s and Westbrook’s game? they did this as well.

  8. Shaq says:

    Kobe (40) + Kobe (41)

  9. Rafa says:

    If the game was in 1984 that makes it the 30th anniversary, not the 20th…

  10. abu says:

    wade 41, LBJ 39 in the playoffs

  11. hi says:

    How can it not be MJ, and Pippen. most dominant teammates to play the game. I mean Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Durant and westbrook, are good. but ther can’t be mentioned in the same sentence as MJ, and Pippen just yet

  12. EWalk says:

    the writer lost credibility with this one…how can you forget KD & Russel Westbrook’s performance against Denver?

  13. emin says:

    you mean 30th anniversary..

  14. Just_Looking says:

    Yesterday was the “20th anniversary”? of a game between the Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons – Utah defeat Detroit 143-125 on March 19, 1984.

    Isn’t this 30 years ago?

  15. Robert Fox says:

    I think you meant 30th year anniversary… its 2014.

  16. Fredy says:

    1984 was 30 years ago, not 20.

  17. Wilt's the MAN says:

    Wilt 50 Chamberlain 50

    100 points… Period

  18. BS says:

    20th anni? 1984-2014 -> 20… uhm.. ok

  19. Not Him The Other Guy says:

    To abu – Wade 40 LBJ 39 doesn’t count as scoring 40 or more for both.
    To Wilt’s the man – Wilt was a man but he was nowhere near being THE man.

  20. PJ says:

    I still think the 90’s were 10 years ago… so I guess that’s how he got it wrong… haha

  21. rabags says:

    Questionable harmony aside, Shaq & Kobe is the most dominant teammates, hands down. If not for the said questionable harmony, they could have won more than their 3 championship title between them.

  22. Sep says:

    Dear Everyone,

    This is a statistical post. That means that they post when players who play for the same team score 40 or more points in the same game. Lebron and D-Wade do not count. One of them only had 39. This is not a list of great teammates. If we made exceptions for every statistic, then they would not mean anything.

    Weird though that he did not include Westbrook and KD.

  23. STFU says:

    why does every comment section on this site no matter the article turn into an argument about whos the best basketball player that ever lived we all know whoi really the G.O.A.T.

  24. will says:

    durant and WB … along with ibaka’s triple double, all in one game….
    i guess this article was written in 2004 (20th anniversary), that’s why the thunder teammates were not included in the list.
    hahaha…. 🙂