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The game with the most points in NBA history

Denver, Colorado, December 13, 1983. McNichols Arena fans surely did not imagine that they were going to present a historic duel in the


Denver, Colorado, December 13, 1983. McNichols Arena fans surely did not imagine that they were going to present a historic duel in the history of the NBA. And it is that that day and they contested the duel with the most accumulated points in NBA history. Up to three overtimes were disputed to end a historic 186-184 for the Pistons, which today is still the game with the most points in history and both teams continue to occupy positions 1 and 2 with the most points scored. All this with three disputed extensions.

NBA records

  • Highest score ever
  • The winning team and the losing team scored respectively the first and the second highest score in history by a team.
  • Both teams combined 142 field goals
  • Both teams combined 93 assists
  • 4 players scored more than forty points

Top scorers

  • Nuggets: Kiki VanDeWeghe (career-high 51), Alex English (47), Dan Issel (28)
  • Pistons: (47), John Long (41), Kelly Tripucka (35)

Top attendees

  • Nuggets: Kiki Vandeweghe (8)
  • Pistons: Isiah Thomas (17), John Long (8), Vinnie Johnson (8)

Top rebounders

  • Nuggets: Alex English (12)
  • Pistons: Bill Laimbeer (12)

Other historical duels

  • San Antonio Spurs 171 – Milwaukee Bucks 166 (1982, 3 overtime)
  • Chicago Bulls 168 Atlanta Hawks 161 (2019, 4 overtime)
  • Golden State Warriors 162 Denver Nuggets 158 (1990, highest-scoring game with no overtime)
  • Denver Nuggets 163 San Antonio Spurs 155 (1984, no overtime, again Vandeweghe and English Nuggets)
  • Phoenix Suns 161 New Jersey Nets 157 (2006, 2 overtime)

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