It happens rarely in NBA that two players from a same team score 40 or more points each in the same game. This feat has been accomplished only 11 times in NBA regular season. Below is the list of those teammates who achieved this mark.
Gus Johnson 41, Walt Bellamy 40
On November 14, 1964, Bullets’ Gus Johnson and Walt Bellamy scored 41 and 40 points each and became the first teammates in NBA history to score 40 or more points in the same game. In this game, Baltimore Bullets beat the Los Angeles 127-115.
Elgin Baylor 43, Jerry West 43
Elgin Baylor and Jerry West tallied 43 points apiece against San Francisco Warriors on Feb. 11, 1970. Their collective total of 86 points laid a foundation for the Lakers victory over Warriors by 125-115.
Pete Maravich 45, Nate Williams 41
On April 10, 1977, New Orleans Jazz played a game against Denver Nuggets where two Jazz players Pete Maravich and Nate Williams notched 45 and 41 points each. Jazz won the game 139-125.
Paul Westphal 43, Walter Davis 40
The pair of Paul Westphal and Walter Davis was the fourth one to score 40 plus points in a game. They did it against the Boston Celtics on January 5, 1978.
George Gervin 50, Mike Michell 45
On March 6, 1982, Spurs’ George Gervin and Mike Mitchell combined for 95 points (50 and 45 respectively) and helped their team in overcoming the Milwaukee Bucks in a triple overtime game.
Isiah Thomas 47, John Long 41
Isiah Thomas had 47 points and John Long had 41 points for the Detroit Pistons on December 13, 1983. This was the highest scoring game in the history of NBA.
Kiki Vandeweghe 51, Alex English 47
That same game in which Isiah Thomas and John Long scored above 40, two players from the opposite team also achieved the same feat. Nuggets kiki Vandeweghe had 51 points and Alex English had 47 points in the game.
Adrian Dantley 43, John Drew 42
On March 19, 1984, Utah’s Adrian Dantley and John Drew scored 43 and 42 points against the Detroit Pistons. Their team Utah ended up pulling out a 143-125 win over Pistons.
Michael Jordan 44, Scottie Pippen 40
On Feb. 18, 1996, the duo of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen stole the show with their remarkable combined performance as they scored 44 and 40 points against the Indiana Pacers.
Kevin Durant 51, Russell Westbrook 40
On February 19, 2012, Kevin Durant set a career high 51 points while Russell Westbrook scored 40 points as Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Nuggets 124-118 in overtime.
Russell Westbrook 45, Kevin Durant 40
On March 23, 2012, Oklahoma City Thunder notched a 149-140 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Russell Westbrook scored 45 points and Kevin Durant added 40 points in the game. With this score, they became the first teammates in NBA history to score atleast 40 points twice in the same season.
In NBA playoffs, 4 pairs scored 40 or more points in the same game.
- Elgin Baylor scored 45 points and Jerry West added 41 against Detroit on March 29, 1962.
- Sleepy Floyd and Hakeem Olajuwon put together 83 points, 42 and 41 respectively for the Houston Rockets on April 30, 1988.
- Hakeem Olajuwon scored 40 and Clyde Drexler scored 41 during the Rockets, Jazz matchup on May 5, 1995.
- Reggie Miller and Jalen Rose scored 40 points each on May 6, 2000.
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