Most 50 Points NBA Games in the Last Decade

    It’s been more than four years since the last time Kobe Bryant had a 50-point game, but there’s no one close to him when it comes to the art of scoring in volumes, being the only player with a double digit number of games over the last decade of these kind of scoring performances, followed by LeBron James and Allen Iverson.

    We’ve had two such games this season – a 54 points performance from Stephen Curry and a 52 points explosion from Kevin Durant.

    Rashard Lewis (Sonics), 53 Points, 10/31/03

    On the second night of the season Rashard Lewis led the Sonics to a 124-105 win over the Los Angeles Clippers with 50 points.

    Kevin Love (Timberwolves), 51 Points, 3/23/12

    Kevin Love scored 51 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, although it didn’t help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, losing 149-140 in overtime as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 85 points.

    Brandon Jennings (Bucks), 55 Points, 11/14/09

    On his 7th NBA game, Brandon Jennings scored 55 points for the Milwaukee Bucks in a 129-125 win over the Golden State Warriors, showing everyone that spending a year in Europe isn’t a bad idea.

    Kevin Martin (Kings), 50 Points, 4/01/09

    On the final game of the season for him, Martin couldn’t stop the Sacramento Kings from losing again despite his 50 points against the Warriors, dropping the game 143-141.

    Jamal Mashburn (Hornets), 50 Points, 2/21/03

    Mashburn led the Hornets to a 125-123 win over the Memphis Grizzlies with 50 points, aided by 35 points from David Wesley and Jamaal Magloire enjoying a 20-15 night.

    Andre Miller (Blazers), 52 Points, 1/30/10

    Andre Miller finished with 22-31 from the field as he scored 52 points for the Portland Trail Blazers in a 114-112 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

    Rip Hamilton (Pistons), 51 Points, 12/27/06

    Hamilton scored 51 points for the Pistons in a wild 151-145 loss against the New York Knicks, as the Knicks had four players (Frye, Marbury, Eddie Curry, Jamal Crawford) scoring 26 points or more.

    Vince Carter (Nets), 51 Points, 12/23/05

    Into his first full season with the New Jersey Nets, Vince Carter scored 51 points while making 23 of his 24 free throw attempts, as the Nets beat the Miami Heat 95-88.

    Jermaine O’Neal (Pacers), 55 Points, 1/04/05

    It’s been a long time since the Pacers were a really good team, as they were during the mid 00’s. O’Neal scored 55 points in a 116-99 win over the Bucks needing only 36 minutes to complete the feat.

    Paul Pierce (Celtics), 50 Points, 2/15/06

    Paul Pierce scoring 50 points wasn’t enough against the Cleveland Cavaliers, as the Celtics lost 113-109. LeBron James had a 43-12-11 triple double.

    Brandon Roy (Blazers), 52 Points, 12/18/08

    Brandon Roy led the Portland Trail Blazers to a 124-119 win over the Phoenix Suns with his career best 52 points.

    Damon Stoudamire (Blazers), 54 Points, 1/14/05

    54 Points and only one assist weren’t enough to lead a bad Blazers team to a win against the New Orleans Hornets, taking the game 112-106.

    Deron Williams (Nets), 57 Points, 3/04/12

    It wasn’t hard putting points against the Bobcats last season, but scoring 57 is still quite a feat, as Deron Williams led the New Jersey Nets to a 104-101 win.

    Amare Stoudemire (Suns), 50 Points, 1/02/05

    No one was enjoying the arrival of Steve Nash quite like Amare Stoudemire, who scored 50 points against the Blazers in a 117-98 win for the Phoenix Suns.

    Tony Parker (Spurs), 55 Points, 11/05/08

    Parker didn’t need too many games to warm up in the 2008-2009 season, scoring 55 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves on the fourth game of the campaign, leading the Spurs to a 129-125 win, adding 10 assists. Tim Duncan had a 30 points, rebounds game.

    Stephen Curry (Warriors), 54 Points, 02/27/13

    Curry is averaging a career best 22.2 points per game this season, and became yet another player to have a huge night at the Madison Square Garden against the Knicks, hitting 11 shots from beyond the arc. Unfortunately for him, the Warriors lost 109-105.

    Michael Redd (Bucks), Twice

    For a few seasons, before the injury that took it away for him, Michael Redd was one of the best scorers in the NBA. His 50 point games came in the same season: He scored 57 points on November 11, 2006, in a 113-111 loss to the Utah Jazz, and scored 52 points on March 4, 2007, in another loss, this time to the Chicago Bulls.

    Allan Houston (Knicks), Twice

    Houston had his two 50-point games within a month of each other in the 2002-2003 season. The first came on February 16, scoring 53 points against the Lakers in a 117-110 win. The second came on March 16, scoring 50 against the Bucks in a 120-111 win.

    Ray Allen (Celtics & Sonics), Twice

    Ray Allen has two 50 point games during the last decade; the first came while he was still playing for Seattle, scoring 54 points against Utah on January 12, 2007, in a 122-114 win. The second time, while playing for the Boston Celtics, was a playoff game against the Chicago Bulls on April 30, 2009. Allen scored 51 points in Game 6 of the series, as the Celtics lost 128-127 before clinching it in game 7.

    Kevin Durant (Thunder) – Twice

    Despite being one of the NBA’s best scorers for a few years, Kevin Durant only first reached the 50 point mark in 2012, scoring 51 for the Thunder (Russell Westbrook had 40) in a 124-117 win over the Denver Nuggets. This season, on January 18, Durant scored a career high 52 points against the Dallas Mavericks in a 117-114 win.

    Carmelo Anthony (Nuggets) – Twice

    Carmelo Anthony has two games with 50 points in them, both of them while playing for the Denver Nuggets. The first came on November 27, 2009, playing against his current team. Anthony led the Nuggets to a 128-125 win on that game. The second 50-point game was during his final two weeks as a Nuggets player, coming on February 7, 2011, against the Houston Rockets, in a 103-108 loss with Anthony not having a single assist.

    Dwyane Wade (Heat) – Three

    All of Wade’s 50 point games came in the same season, within less than two months of each other. The first was on February 22, 2009; he scored 50 points, not saving the Heat from losing 122-99 to the Orlando Magic. On March 14 he scored 50 again, this time against the Utah Jazz, leading the Heat to a 140-129 win. His career high came on April 12, against the Knicks, scoring 55 points in a 122-105 win.

    Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks) – Three

    Dirk Nowitzki scored 53 points for the Dallas Mavericks in a 113-106 overtime win over the Houston Rockets on December 2, 2004. On March 23, 2006, he scored 51 points in a 122-121 loss against the Golden State Warriors. He scored 50 points in the playoffs against the Phoenix Suns as Dallas took the lead in the series, 3-2.

    Jamal Crawford (Bulls, Knicks, Warriors) – Three

    Jamal Crawford had his first 50 points game while playing for the Chicago Bulls on April 11, 2004. He scored 50 points against the Toronto Raptors in a 114-108 win for the Bulls. His second one came as a Knicks player on January 26, 2007, scoring 52 points against the Miami Heat in a 116-96 win. His most recent 50 points game was with the Golden State Warriors on December 20, 2008, beating the Charlotte Bobcats 110-103.

    Tracy McGrady (Magic) – Three

    McGrady scored 52 points on February 21, 2003, in a 110-96 win for the Orlando Magic over the Chicago Bulls. On November 14, 2003, McGrady scored 51 points in a 106-101 loss to the Denver Nuggets. In the same season, on March 10, 2004, McGrady scored a career high 62 points to lead the Magic to a 108-99 win over Washington.

    Gilbert Arenas (Wizards) – Three

    All of Gilbert Arenas’ 50 point games came within 30 days during the 2006-2007 season. The first was a 60-point performance against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 17, 2006, with the Wizards winning 141-147 in overtime. Kobe Bryant scored 45 in the game. The second one was only 5 days later: scoring 54 points against the Phoenix Suns, a 144-139 win for Washington. The last of them was a 51-point performance against the Utah Jazz on January 15, 2007; a 114-111 win for the Wizards.

    Allen Iverson (76ers & Nuggets)

    April 20, 2003 – In a playoff game against the Hornets, Iverson scores 55 points to give the Sixers a 1-0 lead. November 29, 2003 – 50 points in a 98-86 win over the Hawks. December 18, 2004 – 54 points in a 121-116 win against the Bucks. December 20, 2004 – 51 points (and 7 steals) in a 103-101 win over the Jazz. February 12, 2005 – 60 points (24-27 from the line) in a 112-92 win against the Magic. December 23, 2005 – 53 points without a three pointer in a 111-108 loss to the Hawks. December 5, 2007 – Already a Nuggets at this point, Iverson scores 51 points in a 111-107 win over the Lakers.

    LeBron James (Cavs & Heat) – 9

    March 20, 2005 – Scoring 56 points in a 98-105 loss to the Raptors. December 10, 2005 – Scores 52 points in a 106-111 loss to the Bucks. January 21, 2006 – 51 points in a 108-90 win over the Jazz. January 15, 2008 – Scores 51 points in a 132-124 win over the Grizzlies. March 5, 2008 – Scores 50 points (with 10 assists) in a 119-105 win over the Knicks. February 4, 2009 – 52 points and 11 assists in a 107-102 win over the Knicks. February 20, 2009 – 55 points in a 111-103 win over the Bucks. March 13, 2009 – 51 points in a 126-123 win over the Kings. February 3, 2011 – 51 points in a 104-100 win over the Magic when he was a Miami Heat player.

    Kobe Bryant (Lakers) – 23

    February 12, 2003 – 51 points against the Nuggets, Lakers win 113-102. February 18, 2003 – 52 points against the Houston Rockets, Lakers win 106-99. March 28, 2003 – 55 points against the Wizards, Lakers win 108-94. December 20, 2005 – 62 points against the Mavericks, Lakers win 112-90. January 7, 2006 – 50 points against the Clippers, Lakers win 112-109. January 19, 2006 – 51 points against the Kings, Lakers lose 118-109. January 22, 2006 – 81 points against the Raptors, Lakers win 122-104. April 7, 2006 – 51 points against the Suns, Lakers lose 107-96. April 14, 2006 – 50 points against the Blazers, Lakers win 110-99. May 4, 2006 (Playoffs) – 50 Points against the Suns, Lakers lose 126-118 in game 6. November 30, 2006 – 52 points against the Jazz, win 132-102. December 15, 2006 – 53 points against the Rockets, Lakers win 112-101. December 29, 2006 – 58 points against the Bobcats, lose 124-133. March 16, 2007 – 65 points against the Blazers, Lakers win 116-11. March 18, 2007 – 50 points against the Timberwolves, win 109-102. March 22, 2007 – 60 points against the Grizzlies, Lakers win 121-119. March 23, 2007 – 50 points against the Hornets, Lakers win 111-105. March 30, 2007 – 53 points against the Rockets, Lakers lose 107-104. April 12, 2007 – 50 points against the Clippers, Lakers lose 118-110. April 15, 2007 – 50 points against the Sonics, Lakers win 109-98. March 2, 2008 – 52 points against the Mavericks, Lakers win 108-104. March 28, 2008 – 53 points against the Grizzlies, Lakers lose 114-111. February 2, 2009 – 61 points against the Knicks, Lakers win 126-117.

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