nba records

In the 2023 season, several all-time NBA records were set or broken:

2023 NBA Records

LeBron James became the first player to have a 40-point game against all 30 NBA teams, achieving this feat against the LA Clippers on January 24th, 2023​​ and became the NBA’s All-Time Leading Scorer, surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record on February 7th, 2023, in a game against the OKC Thunder​​.

Slovenian Luka Dončić produced the first-ever 60-20-10 game in history during a game against the New York Knicks on December 27th. He scored 60 points, grabbed 21 rebounds, and had 10 assists​​.

The Miami Heat broke the record for most consecutive free throws made by a team in a regular season game, hitting 40 in a row during a January 10th game against the OKC Thunder​​.

The San Antonio Spurs set a single-game record for attendance, hosting 68,323 fans in a game against the Golden State Warriors on January 13th, celebrating their 50th anniversary in the NBA​​.

Longest Standing NBA Records

Some of the most long-standing (and sometimes seemingly unbreakable) records in NBA history include:

  • Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 Points in a Single Game (March 2nd, 1962): Wilt Chamberlain set an astonishing record by scoring 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a game against the New York Knicks. This feat is widely regarded as one of the most unbreakable records in sports history.
  • Bill Russell’s 11 NBA Championships (1957-1969): Bill Russell, the centerpiece of the Boston Celtics dynasty, won 11 NBA championships in his 13-year career. This record for the most championships won by an individual player is considered virtually unassailable.
  • Wilt Chamberlain’s Career Average of 22.9 Rebounds per Game: Chamberlain’s rebounding prowess was unmatched, and his career average of nearly 23 rebounds per game is a record that has stood the test of time, with no player coming close in the modern era.
  • John Stockton’s Career Assists and Steals: John Stockton, the legendary point guard for the Utah Jazz, holds the career records for both assists (15,806) and steals (3,265). These records are seen as particularly difficult to break due to his longevity and consistent high-level play.
  • Wilt Chamberlain’s 50.4 Points per Game in a Single Season (1961-1962): In the 1961-1962 season, Chamberlain averaged an incredible 50.4 points per game, a record that stands as one of the most extraordinary in any major sports league.
  • Scott Skiles’ 30 Assists in a Single Game (1990): On December 30, 1990, Scott Skiles, playing for the Orlando Magic, set a record by dishing out 30 assists in a single game. Given the changes in how the game is played today, this record is seen as extremely hard to break.
  • Boston Celtics‘ 8 Consecutive NBA Titles (1959-1966): The Boston Celtics, led by Bill Russell, won an unprecedented eight consecutive NBA championships, a feat that is unlikely to be replicated in the modern, more competitive era.
  • Oscar Robertson’s Season Averaging a Triple-Double (1961-1962): Although Russell Westbrook has recently matched and surpassed this feat, Oscar Robertson was the first to average a triple-double for an entire season, which was long considered an unbreakable record.
  • AC Green’s Iron Man Streak (1986-2001): AC Green holds the record for the most consecutive games played in the NBA, with an incredible streak of 1,192 regular-season games.
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