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The Best Game Stat Lines in the Last 20 NBA Seasons

01 Jul

After I wrote about worst single game stat lines out of curiosity and almost morally I had to check the other side: The Best Single Performance Box Score Stats in the Last 20 NBA Seasons.

Once again I used my old tool for searching through player’s game logs [over 8100 of them] from
Yahoo [Last 5 seasons] and basketballreference.com [previous 15 seasons] and two measures:
Game Score where the formula is PTS + 0.4 * FG – 0.7 * FGA – 0.4*(FTA – FT) + 0.7 * ORB + 0.3 * DRB + STL + 0.7 * AST + 0.7 * BLK – 0.4 * PF – TOV and Win Score which is calculated by the following equation: PTS + REB + STL + 1/2*BLK + 1/2*AST – FGA – 1/2*FTA – TO – 1/2*PF.

So who had The Best Stat Line in the Last 20 Regular Seasons?
Here’s a Top 25 for Single Game Stats according to Game Score
:

Rk Player Season Date Min FGM FGA FTM FTA REB AS ST TO BL PTS Game
Score
Link to
1 Kobe Bryant 2005-06 Jan22 42 28 46 18 20 6 2 3 3 1 81 63,5 Box
2 David Robinson 1993-94 Apr24 44 26 41 18 25 14 5 0 8 2 71 51,8 Box
3 Kobe Bryant 2006-07 Mar16 50 23 39 11 12 7 3 3 2 0 65 50,9 Box
4 Reggie Miller 1992-93 Nov28 38 16 29 21 23 5 8 1 0 0 57 50,4 Box
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 2008-09 Nov5 44 17 21 15 15 11 6 5 4 2 49 50,2 Box
6 Kobe Bryant 2005-06 Dec20 33 18 31 22 25 8 0 3 2 0 62 49,7 Box
7 Willie Burton 1994-95 Dec13 43 12 19 24 28 8 3 1 1 2 53 49,6 Box
8 Shaquille O’neal 1999-00 Mar6 45 24 35 13 22 23 3 0 4 0 61 49,5 Box
9 Dwyane Wade 2008-09 Mar9 50 15 21 13 18 6 12 4 5 3 48 49 Box
10 Shaquille O’neal 1993-94 Apr20 36 22 31 9 13 18 4 2 3 2 53 48,7 Box
11 Michael Jordan 1992-93 Dec23 42 22 37 7 8 2 10 3 1 1 57 48,6 Box
12 Allen Iverson 2004-05 Feb12 42 17 36 24 27 4 6 5 3 1 60 48,5 Box
13 David Robinson 1992-93 Jan16 40 20 28 11 15 14 3 0 2 7 52 48 Box
- Dirk Nowitzki 2004-05 Dec2 49 15 32 21 22 16 2 3 1 4 53 48 Box
15 Gilbert Arenas 2006-07 Dec17 49 17 32 21 27 8 8 2 3 0 60 47,8 Box
16 Michael Jordan 1995-96 Mar7 38 21 28 9 10 11 2 6 4 0 53 47,7 Box
17 Dwyane Wade 2008-09 Feb28 41 16 29 12 12 8 10 4 2 4 46 47,5 Box
18 Kobe Bryant 2008-09 Feb2 37 19 31 20 20 0 3 0 2 1 61 47,3 Box
19 Hakeem Olajuwon 1995-96 Mar23 44 16 23 14 18 19 8 3 6 3 46 46,7 Box
- LeBron James 2010-11 Feb3 43 17 25 14 17 11 8 1 3 1 51 46,7 Box
21 Manu Ginobili 2007-08 Feb13 41 15 20 8 9 5 8 3 1 1 46 46,6 Box
22 Kobe Bryant 2001-02 Jan14 34 21 34 11 12 5 4 1 0 0 56 46,3 Box
23 Karl Malone 1997-98 Apr7 42 18 29 19 23 9 2 1 3 4 56 46,2 Box
24 Antawn Jamison 2000-01 Dec6 53 21 29 7 8 13 5 2 4 1 51 46 Box
- Shareef Abdur-rahim 2001-02 Nov23 45 21 30 8 8 12 5 2 2 1 50 46 Box

And here’s the Top 25 for box score stats in a single performance according to Win Score:

Rk Player Season Date Min FGM FGA FTM FTA REB AS ST TO BL PTS Win
Score
Link to
1 Dikembe Mutombo 1999-00 Dec14 41 11 11 5 7 29 3 0 5 6 27 40 Box
2 Shaquille O’Neal 2003-04 Mar21 47 14 16 3 5 26 2 0 2 7 31 39,5 Box
3 Tim Duncan 2002-03 Mar4 44 14 18 7 9 21 8 2 2 4 35 39 Box
4 Shaquille O’neal 1993-94 Feb18 41 16 19 6 7 20 3 1 2 5 38 38 Box
5 David Robinson 1991-92 Feb27 41 13 18 11 14 24 2 3 3 5 37 37,5 Box
- Shaquille O’neal 1993-94 Nov20 36 12 19 0 1 28 3 1 3 15 24 37,5 Box
7 Dikembe Mutombo 2000-01 Jan31 41 8 12 5 6 29 0 1 1 6 21 37 Box
8 Kevin Willis 1991-92 Dec3 40 9 18 11 15 31 3 3 2 0 29 36 Box
9 Dikembe Mutombo 1994-95 Nov11 53 6 7 7 10 26 1 0 1 9 19 35,5 Box
- Dikembe Mutombo 1995-96 Mar26 51 5 9 6 8 31 0 1 0 6 16 35,5 Box
11 Dennis Rodman 1991-92 Feb18 29 8 10 0 0 27 5 0 1 1 18 35 Box
- Charles Barkley 1992-93 Nov7 44 11 16 15 17 21 8 1 3 1 37 35 Box
- David Robinson 1993-94 Mar4 45 14 21 13 14 16 8 3 2 3 41 35 Box
- Charles Barkley 1996-97 Nov2 45 5 8 10 14 33 2 0 3 2 20 35 Box
- Ben Wallace 2006-07 Dec15 48 5 8 0 0 27 6 3 1 3 10 35 Box
- Amar’e Stoudemire 2008-09 Nov5 44 17 21 15 15 11 6 5 4 2 49 35 Box
17 Alonzo Mourning 1992-93 Apr16 28 15 19 6 7 22 1 0 2 3 36 34,5 Box
- Shaquille O’neal 1999-00 Mar6 45 24 35 13 22 23 3 0 4 0 61 34,5 Box
19 Shaquille O’neal 1993-94 Apr20 36 22 31 9 13 18 4 2 3 2 53 34 Box
- Hakeem Olajuwon 1995-96 Mar23 44 16 23 14 18 19 8 3 6 3 46 34 Box
- Kevin Garnett 2002-03 Feb16 41 17 27 3 3 22 6 1 2 5 37 34 Box
- Shawn Marion 2004-05 Dec18 44 13 18 6 7 14 2 6 1 1 36 34 Box
- Shawn Marion 2005-06 Feb22 43 15 22 10 10 15 0 4 2 3 44 34 Box
24 Shaquille O’neal 1993-94 Mar18 40 16 21 6 10 15 3 4 0 3 38 33,5 Box
- Dennis Rodman 1993-94 Nov9 47 5 5 3 3 29 4 0 2 1 13 33,5 Box
- Dennis Rodman 1993-94 Jan22 43 4 8 0 0 32 5 1 2 1 8 33,5 Box
- Chris Webber 1999-00 Nov23 42 11 18 3 6 22 10 3 2 4 26 33,5 Box
- Kevin Garnett 2003-04 Nov22 37 14 19 2 2 19 5 3 1 2 30 33,5 Box
- Kevin Love 2010-11 Feb27 41 8 13 18 23 23 1 2 3 0 37 33,5 Box

This time there were even bigger differences between metrics especially at the top but
only 4 performances were in both tables:
Amar’e Stoudemire [5th and 11th place], Shaquille O’neal on March 6, 2000 [8th and 17th],
Shaquille O’neal on April 20, 1994 [10th and 19th], Hakeem Olajuwon [19th place on both].
FYI: Kobe’s 81-point game just missed the cut to be in the second table with 32.

So is it safe to crown Amare for 49 points with only 4 missed shots, 11 rebs, 6 assists, 5 steals, 2 blocks? I would say that was The Best Stat Line in the Last 20 NBA Seasons but your opinion may be different ;-)

In other notable fact only Allen Iverson, Gilbert Arenas and Kobe Bryant appeared on both the best and the worst single game performances… something to chew on ;-)

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Posted by on July 1, 2011 in Expanding Horizons

 

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5 responses to “The Best Game Stat Lines in the Last 20 NBA Seasons

  1. Keke

    July 1, 2011 at 19:17

    “So is it safe to crown Amare for 49 points with only 4 missed shots, 11 rebs, 6 assists, 5 steals, 2 blocks? I would say that was The Best Stat Line in the Last 20 NBA Seasons but your opinion may be different ;-)”

    I don’t know, Dikembe’s 27 and 29 on 11/11 shooting is pretty insane…

     
    • wiLQ

      July 5, 2011 at 18:39

      “I don’t know, Dikembe’s 27 and 29 on 11/11 shooting is pretty insane…”
      Well, pretty much every entry on this list is insane at some level ;-)
      I simply chose all over the statsheet versatility but as I’ve said, you could make a case for many others.

       
  2. ascreamingcomesacrossthecourt

    December 24, 2011 at 05:14

    Interestingly, Kevin Love’s 30-30 game is a bit shy of the list. I calculated his game score at 31.4, which is a fitting number considering he had 31 points and 31 rebounds.

     

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