Kyrie Irving went wild last night, scoring 57 points in the Cavaliers’ win over the Spurs.
He also dropped 55 in a January win over the Trail Blazers.
That gives Irving the NBA’s two highest-scoring games of the season ahead of Klay Thompson’s 52, Mo Williams’ 52, Stephen Curry’s 51 and everyone else’s outings.
Of course, another player could pass Irving in the season’s final month. But if this holds, the Cavaliers point guard would join Kobe Bryant as the only active players to post a season’s two highest-scoring games.
Gathered through Basketball-Reference.com and this list of 50-point games, I found the top two scoring games for each season back to 1958 – and a little data before that.
Here are the highest scoring games of each season with the years one player held the top two spots outright in green and the years a player did it with a tie in red:
- 2015: Kyrie Irving (57), Kyrie Irving (55)
- 2014: Carmelo Anthony (62), LeBron James (61)
- 2013: Stephen Curry (54), Kevin Durant (52)
- 2012: Deron Williams (57), Kevin Love (51), Kevin Durant (51)
- 2011: LeBron James (51), Carmelo Anthony (50)
- 2010: Brandon Jennings (55), Andre Miller (52)
- 2009: Kobe Bryant (61), Tony Parker (55), Dwyane Wade (55), LeBron James (55)
- 2008: Kobe Bryant (53), Kobe Bryant (52)
- 2007: Kobe Bryant (65), Kobe Bryant (60), Gilbert Arenas (60)
- 2006: Kobe Bryant (81), Kobe Bryant (62)
- 2005: Allen Iverson (60), LeBron James (56)
- 2004: Tracy McGrady (62), Tracy McGrady (51), Tracy McGrady (51)
- 2003: Kobe Bryant (55), Allan Houston (53)
- 2002: Allen Iverson (58), Kobe Bryant (56)
- 2001: Jerry Stackhouse (57), Allen Iverson (54)
- 2000: Shaquille O’Neal (61), Vince Carter (51)
- 1999: Grant Hill (46), Allen Iverson (46), Antonio McDyess (46)
- 1998: Karl Malone (56), Shaquille O’Neal (50), Tracy Murray (50)
- 1997: Michael Jordan (51), Michael Jordan (50), Allen Iverson (50)
- 1996: Michael Jordan (53), Hakeem Olajuwon (51)
- 1995: Glen Rice (56), Michael Jordan (55)
- 1994: David Robinson (71), Shaquille O’Neal (53)
- 1993: Michael Jordan (64), Michael Jordan (57), Reggie Miller (57)
- 1992: Dominique Wilkins (52), Michael Jordan (50)
- 1991: Michael Adams (54), Charles Smith (52), Bernard King (52)
- 1990: Michael Jordan (69), Karl Malone (61)
- 1989: Michael Jordan (53), Michael Jordan (52), Michael Jordan (52), Michael Jordan (52)
- 1988: Michael Jordan (59), Michael Jordan (52), Michael Jordan (52)
- 1987: Michael Jordan (61), Michael Jordan (61)
- 1986: Dominique Wilkins (57), Alex English (54)
- 1985: Bernard King (60), Larry Bird (60)
- 1984: Purvis Short (57), Kiki Vandeweghe (51)
- 1983: Adrian Dantley (57), Kelly Tripucka (56)
- 1982: Adrian Dantley (53), Moses Malone (53)
- 1981: Adrian Dantley (55), Billy Knight (52)
- 1980: George Gervin (55), George Gervin (53)
- 1979: George Gervin (52), Truck Robinson (51)
- 1978: David Thompson (73), George Gervin (63)
- 1977: Pete Maravich (68), Pete Maravich (51), Pete Maravich (51), Phil Smith (51)
- 1976: Bob McAdoo (52), Phil Smith (51)
- 1975: Rick Barry (55), Gail Goodrich (53)
- 1974: Rick Barry (64), Fred Brown (58)
- 1973: Phil Chenier (53), Tiny Archibald (52), Tiny Archibald (52)
- 1972: Chet Walker (56), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (55), Tiny Archibald (55)
- 1971: Dave Bing (54), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (53), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (53)
- 1970: Lou Hudson (57), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (51)
- 1969: Wilt Chamberlain (66), Wilt Chamberlain (60)
- 1968: Wilt Chamberlain (68), Earl Monroe (56)
- 1967: Wilt Chamberlain (58), Rick Barry (57)
- 1966: Wilt Chamberlain (65), Wilt Chamberlain (62)
- 1965: Wilt Chamberlain (63), Wilt Chamberlain (62)
- 1964: Wilt Chamberlain (59), Wilt Chamberlain (59), Wilt Chamberlain (59)
- 1963: Wilt Chamberlain (73), Wilt Chamberlain (72)
- 1962: Wilt Chamberlain (100), Wilt Chamberlain (78)
- 1961: Elgin Baylor (71), Wilt Chamberlain (67)
- 1960: Elgin Baylor (64), Jack Twyman (59)
- 1959: Elgin Baylor (55), Elgin Baylor (52)
- 1958: George Yardley (51), Bob Pettit (51)
- 1957: unknown, unknown
- 1956: unknown, unknown
- 1955: unknown, unknown
- 1954: Neil Johnston (50), unknown
- 1953: unknown, unknown
- 1952: George Mikan (61), unknown
- 1951: unknown, unknown
- 1950: George Mikan (51), unknown
- 1949: Joe Fulks (63), George Mikan (53)
- 1948: unknown, unknown
- 1947: unknown, unknown
Magic Johnson left the Los Angeles Lakers under inauspicious terms. Turn the last game of the season, the Lakers great announced that he would be resigning his position effective immediately. In an extended hallway interview, Johnson said that he hadn’t even informed close friend and Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.
Now Magic is back to his old tricks, flashing his pearly white smile on television and tweeting banal observations about the NBA.
Johnson was supposed to be part of the team that got New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis to Staples Center. He couldn’t get the deal done, and things reportedly got testy between the two organizations during the regular season.
The Lakers were able to finally trade for Davis in an agreed-upon deal on Saturday. The trade reportedly won’t be completed until July 6th, but all indications are that Davis will be a Laker.
To that end, Johnson is apparently quite happy. He took to social media to congratulate Buss and the organization on Saturday. Eventually — surprisingly — he even gave props to Rob Pelinka.
The Pelicans got a great haul for Davis, and the Lakers got what they wanted in another star to pair with LeBron James.
It’s unclear if Los Angeles will be able to build a roster around their two stars enough to contend deep into the Western Conference playoffs. That’s still up for debate, and health will be a serious question as they try to rely on an aging James and a shaky Davis.
Still, the Lakers are headed in the direction they would like and with the West now more in question than ever. We don’t know what’s happening with the Golden State Warriors, and the Houston Rockets could be in full teardown mode as they look to ditch Chris Paul.
We’re headed into the summer and there’s a bit of daylight for fans in L.A.
Anthony Davis is headed to the Los Angeles Lakers. The New Orleans Pelicans got a significant haul in exchange for their beleaguered star, and LeBron James is openly happy his team finally got the player they wanted all along.
Other favorites to land Anthony Davis this offseason were the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Danny Ainge had to wait until after July 1 to make a trade for Davis thanks to some special CBA rules regarding Kyrie Irving‘s contract.
But that no longer appears to be on the table, in part because Boston decided not to offer Jayson Tatum in any deal for Davis. Thought to be the crown jewel of any potential Celtics-Pelicans trade, there was also concern by Ainge that Davis would not re-sign in Beantown.
This runs contrary to everything we’ve heard about Boston going after Davis. Ainge has always been one to leverage his assets in a way that’s less conservative than other team execs. Plus, the reports have been that the Celtics were not concerned about Davis re-signing. Perhaps Davis gave them a little extra information, telling them directly that he would not re-sign? Davis’ agent Rich Paul said as much publicly, but what’s posturing and what’s negotiating isn’t one in the same.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pelicans and Lakers will complete the deal on July 6. There’s a lot of time before we hit that date, and Pelicans leader David Griffin won’t back out of his deal with L.A. But the fact there’s still time on the table and the Celtics didn’t change their tune on Tatum tells us all the information we need to know.
The Anthony Davis trade saga is finally over. The deal between the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers hasn’t been completed yet, and is expected to be done on July 6.
For now, L.A. can move its attention elsewhere to look for another star. The Lakers will have significant cap space — $23.7 million, according to Adrian Wojnarowski and Bobby Marks — and they’ll need another star.
Talk recently has been that former LeBron James running mate Kyrie Irving is headed to the Brooklyn Nets. But no deal is officially in place, and free agency hasn’t started. According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, there are folks in LeBron’s camp who are hopeful that Irving could still join L.A.
Via The Athletic:
Just days before the Davis deal was done, a source close to James indicated some optimism that – Nets noise be darned – Irving was still in play for the Lakers.
Remember, Irving and James had a heart-to-heart talk earlier in the season. They hashed out what happened in Cleveland, with Irving apologizing to James for how he acted as a younger man.
That sparked speculation that Irving could be looking to join LeBron with the Lakers this summer when he had the ability to opt out of his contract with the Boston Celtics.
We haven’t even reached the 2019 NBA draft yet, and already free agency is ramping up and getting crazy. This July is going to be wild, and until the music stops and the butts are in the seats, don’t count anyone as being a sure thing for any team just yet.
Anthony Davis isn’t in Los Angeles yet. In fact the trade between the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans hasn’t been completed, and reportedly won’t be completed until July 6.
But that doesn’t mean that Lakers fans aren’t already anticipating his arrival.
On Instagram Sunday, Venice muralist Gustavo Zermeño Jr. posted an incredible new rendering of Davis, draped in Forum blue and gold.
Zermeño is the artist who painted one of the LeBron James murals that was defaced in L.A. last summer.
The Lakers did nothing right last season, and are a train wreck of an organization. Despite that, they have landed one of the best players in the NBA and if he can stay healthy they should be able to find their way back to the playoffs next season. There’s lots of work to do on this Lakers roster, and as much as people want to jump to conclusions, it’ll take some filling out before they’re contenders.
Davis is a step in the right direction, but this whole thing could go in the direction of “Now This Is Going To Be Fun” very quickly.
Never put it past Lakers fans to go all in. Less than 24 hours from the announcement of the trade and we already have a mural of Davis.