NBA is known to be one of the most fast-paces sporting leagues in the world. Wherein 10 basketball players, at a given time, have to continuously move back and forth on the court in order to score and defend points for their team. As a result of which, fans have witnessed some great offensive as well as defensive battles as well.
However, there was one game in 1983, where there were a mammoth 370 points scored, combined by both teams. Moreover, this match did not last for only 48 minutes, but even had the drama of Overtime – not once, not twice but thrice only to decide the winner by 2 points.
Talking about the highest scoring game of NBA, Detroit Pistons beat Denver Nuggets186-184 to win the same showdown. Interestingly, this game lasted for over 3 hours and 10 minutes.
All about the highest scoring game in NBA history
This game included the likes of a young Isiah Thomas. The Pistons made 74 field goals, surpassing the previous mark of 72 set by Boston Celtics in their respective game in 1959. Since they were the first team to score 173 points in this game, they broke yet another record set by the Boston Celtics (against the Minneapolis Lakers). To be precise the highest scoring game in league’s history took place December 13, 1983, at McNichols Arena.
Moreover, the combined total of 370 points eclipsed the mark of 337, which was previously set in a Bucks-Spurs encounter. Both of the spoken off team also hit 136 field goals, beating the mark also set in that game. The total of 93 assists broke the previous record of 89 set in a game between Detroit and the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 28, 1973.
There were four players from both the teams, who scored 40 points. While Kiki Vandeweghe scored game-high 51 points, Isiah Thomas registered his career-high tally of 47 points, followed by John Long (Detroit Pistons), who also registered a career-high tally of 41 points.