Highest-scoring games of 2022-23 season: Donovan Mitchell tops Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid on points list

The NBA is in the midst of an incredible scoring explosion. As of January 3, there have been 13 games in which a player has scored 50 or more points during the 2022-23 season.

Donovan Mitchell currently tops this season’s scoring list after dropping 71 points in the Cavaliers’ opener of the new year. He became the seventh player in league history to join the 70-point club and led Cleveland to a 145-134 overtime victory over Chicago.

But Mitchell is far from the only star to light up the scoreboard in the 2022-23 season.

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Most notable matches of the 2022-23 season

Mitchell’s 71-point outburst propelled him past Doncic, who posted a 60-point triple-double on Dec. 27. The Mavericks star has already scored 50 or more points in three games this season.

Joel Embiid and Devin Booker are the only other players to hit the 50-point threshold multiple times during the 2022-23 campaign.

Most notable matches of the 2022-23 season
Rank Player Points Date
1. Donovan Mitchell 71 January 2, 2023
2. Luka Doncic 60 December 27, 2022
3. Joel Embid 59 November 13, 2022
4. Devin Booker 58 December 17, 2022
5. Anthony Davis 55 December 4, 2022
6. Klay Thompson 54 January 2, 2023
7. Joel Embid 53 December 11, 2022
8. pascal i’m sorry 52 December 21, 2022
9. Luka Doncic 51 December 31, 2022
Devin Booker 51 November 30, 2022
Darius Garland 51 November 13, 2022
12. Luka Doncic 50 December 23, 2022
Stephen Curry 50 November 16, 2022

Highest scoring games in NBA history

Mitchell’s performance was certainly impressive, but he’s no match for Wilt Chamberlain. The Hall of Famer scored 72 or more points five times during his illustrious career, and he set the NBA record with 100 points on March 2, 1962.

Lakers legend Kobe Bryant is the only other player in league history to eclipse 80 points. He had 81 points on January 22, 2006.

Highest scoring games in NBA history
Rank Player Points Year
1. Wilt Chamberlain 100 1962
2. Kobe Bryant 81 2006
3. Wilt Chamberlain 78 1961
4. David Thompson 73 1978
Wilt Chamberlain 73 1962
Wilt Chamberlain 73 1962
7. Wilt Chamberlain 72 1962
8. Donovan Mitchell 71 2023
david robinson 71 1994
ElginBaylor 71 1960
11. Devin Booker 70 2017
Wilt Chamberlain 70 1963

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