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I would like to see a statistic showing which player has scored the most points in one basketball game every season. I know Wilt Chamberlain holds the general record, but it would be nice to see who came close and who had the best scoring game in each season.

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    basketball-reference.com probably has the info you're looking for. – wax eagle Feb 6 '14 at 18:46
  • This wouldn't be too difficult to do via Wax's link... but it's a matter of either someone else doing repetitive/dull lookups for each season, or you :P – Nicholas V. Feb 6 '14 at 20:58
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    Are you Peter Noble, the former British football player? (It would be a nice coincidence to have the same person here as a user and mentioned in one of the answers.) – Martin Mar 24 '16 at 10:10
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Since the 1963-1964 season as of the 2016-2017 NBA season:

  • 2018-2019: James Harden (61 - 01/23/2019, 03/22/2019)
  • 2017-2018: James Harden (60 - 01/30/2018)
  • 2016-2017: Devin Booker (70 - 03/24/2017)
  • 2015-2016: Kobe Bryant (60 - 04/13/2016)
  • 2014-2015: Kyrie Irving (57 - 03/12/2015)
  • 2013-2014: Carmelo Anthony (62 - 01/24/2014)
  • 2012-2013: Stephen Curry (54 - 02/27/2013)
  • 2011-2012: Deron Williams (57 - 03/04/2012)
  • 2010-2011: LeBron James (51 - 02/03/2011)
  • 2009-2010: Brandon Jennings (55 - 11/14/2009)
  • 2008-2009: Kobe Bryant (61 - 02/02/2009)
  • 2007-2008: Kobe Bryant (53 - 03/28/2008)
  • 2006-2007: Kobe Bryant (65 - 03/16/2007)
  • 2005-2006: Kobe Bryant (81 - 01/22/2006)
  • 2004-2005: Allen Iverson (60 - 02/12/2005)
  • 2003-2004: Tracy McGrady (62 - 03/10/2004)
  • 2002-2003: Kobe Bryant (55 - 03/28/2003)
  • 2001-2002: Allen Iverson (58 - 01/15/2002)
  • 2000-2001: Jerry Stackhouse (57 - 04/03/2001)
  • 1999-2000: Shaquille O'Neal (61 - 03/06/2000)
  • 1998-1999: Grant Hill (46 - 02/08/1999), Allen Iverson (46 - 02/12/1999), Antonio McDyess (46 - 02/28/1999)
  • 1997-1998: Karl Malone (56 - 04/07/1998)
  • 1996-1997: Michael Jordan (51 - 01/21/1997)
  • 1995-1996: Michael Jordan (53 - 03/07/1996)
  • 1994-1995: Glen Rice (56 - 04/15/1995)
  • 1993-1994: David Robinson (71 - 04/24/1994)
  • 1992-1993: Michael Jordan (64 - 01/16/1993)
  • 1991-1992: Dominique Wilkins (52 - 12/07/1991)
  • 1990-1991: Michael Adams (54 - 03/23/1991)
  • 1989-1990: Michael Jordan (69 - 03/28/1990)
  • 1988-1989: Michael Jordan (53 - 01/21/1989)
  • 1987-1988: Michael Jordan (59 - 04/03/1988)
  • 1986-1987: Michael Jordan (61 - 03/04/1987, 04/16/1987)
  • 1985-1986: Dominique Wilkins (57 - 04/10/1986)
  • 1984-1985: Bernard King (60 - 12/25/1984), Larry Bird (60 - 03/12/1985)
  • 1983-1984: Purvis Short (57 - 01/07/1984)
  • 1982-1983: Adrian Dantley (57 - 12/04/1982)
  • 1981-1982: Moses Malone (53 - 02/02/1982), Adrian Dantley (53 - 04/10/1982)
  • 1980-1981: Adrian Dantley (55 - 02/06/1981)
  • 1979-1980: George Gervin (55 - 01/23/1980)
  • 1978-1979: George Gervin (52 - 01/11/1979)
  • 1977-1978: David Thompson (73 - 04/09/1978)
  • 1976-1977: Pete Maravich (68 - 02/25/1977)
  • 1975-1976: Bob McAdoo (52 - 03/17/1976)
  • 1974-1975: Rick Barry (55 - 01/23/1975)
  • 1973-1974: Rick Barry (64 - 03/26/1974)
  • 1972-1973: Phil Chenier (53 - 12/06/1972)
  • 1971-1972: Chet Walker (56 - 02/06/1972)
  • 1970-1971: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (53 - 11/04/1970)
  • 1969-1970: Lou Hudson (57 - 11/10/1969)
  • 1968-1969: Wilt Chamberlain (66 - 02/09/1969)
  • 1967-1968: Wilt Chamberlain (68 - 12/16/1967)
  • 1966-1967: Wilt Chamberlain (58 - 02/13/1967)
  • 1965-1966: Wilt Chamberlain (65 - 02/07/1966)
  • 1964-1965: Wilt Chamberlain (63 - 11/26/1964)
  • 1963-1964: Wilt Chamberlain (59 - 12/06/1963, 01/28/1964, 02/11/1964)
  • We should probably aim to update this no more than once per year. – JeopardyTempest Apr 5 '17 at 10:08
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    @JeopardyTempest Agreed...and since the season is not yet over, it makes little sense to update this answer before the end of the season (which is in roughly two weeks - last season, Kobe Bryant scored 60 in the last game of the season). Thanks for the edit, Deez. – user527 Apr 5 '17 at 11:42

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