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Slick Pinkham
02-02-2006, 01:52 PM
Most points in a game 100 (Wilt)
Most rebounds in a game 55 (Wilt)
Most field goals made in a game, no misses 18 (Wilt)
Most FTs missed in a game, none made - 11 (Shaq)
Most offensive rebounds in a game (since 1973) 21 (Moses Malone)
Most assists in a game 30 (Scott Skiles)
Most blocked shots in a game 17 (Elmore Smith)
Other

Outlaw
02-02-2006, 01:58 PM
I have to go with 55rbs. That is just unheard of these days.

Kegboy
02-02-2006, 02:01 PM
I can not imagine a scenario where someone would even come close to the 55 rebounds.

Raskolnikov
02-02-2006, 02:01 PM
Most definately the rebounds.

blanket
02-02-2006, 02:08 PM
All of those are skill based records, except for one:

Most FTs missed in a game, none made - 11 (Shaq)

Not sure it really belongs on the list of options. That would actually be the EASIEST record to break - but who would want to? :chuckle:

Slick Pinkham
02-02-2006, 02:21 PM
All of those are skill based records, except for one:

Most FTs missed in a game, none made - 11 (Shaq)

Not sure it really belongs on the list of options. That would actually be the EASIEST record to break - but who would want to? :chuckle:

I know, but when I was looking up the records and saw that, I jut HAD to put in in!

"the rest of the story" on Wilt's 55 rebound game:

It was against the Celtics, and yes Bill Russell was playing. It was also the next Philly-Boston game after Wilt had set the previous NBA record, also against Boston, with 49 (I think?) rebounds. After THAT game several Celtic players vowed that nothing like that would happen the next time that they played. Nothing like a little EXTRA motivation.


:)

Shade
02-02-2006, 02:39 PM
55 boards, no doubt.

ChicagoJ
02-02-2006, 02:58 PM
How many did Russell have that game?

IIRC, he had a lot of rebounds by today's standards, too.

Agreed, however, that the rebound record is outrageous and won't ever be touched. At least not with today's slow-it-down style coaches.

#31
02-02-2006, 03:00 PM
55 rebounds!!??! :O

Slick Pinkham
02-02-2006, 03:04 PM
How many did Russell have that game?

IIRC, he had a lot of rebounds by today's standards, too.

Agreed, however, that the rebound record is outrageous and won't ever be touched. At least not with today's slow-it-down style coaches.

On Nov 24th, 1960, Wilt Chamberlain had the most rebounds in a single game, 55, but lost to a Bill Russell led Boston Celtics team 132-129. Russell had 18 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists. Chamberlain totals were 34 points, 55 rebounds and 4 assists.

55 rebounds is statistically crazy, about 4X what the league leader today will get.

The 17 blocks is also way up there.

Cactus Jax
02-02-2006, 03:19 PM
Going beyond the obvious option of 55 rebounds, I'd say 30 assists is pretty much an impossible mark to reach. I know Tinsley got 23 in his rookie year, but to get 7 MORE than that would be insane.

People can get to around 20, but not to that 30 mark.

Slick Pinkham
02-02-2006, 03:47 PM
Rodman grabbed a career-high 34 rebounds on March 4, 1992 against Indiana.

Anybody here remember that one?

Knucklehead Warrior
02-02-2006, 04:01 PM
In today's game, nobody would get 55 RB, BUT
every one of those records will be broken. The game changes, so do the records. I may never see any of those records broken in my lifetime.

BTW, I seem to recall that the Indiana HS record for points is over 100. Back in real old days, they used to jump the ball after each basket. If you had a really tall player, he got the tip to one of his assist leaders who tossed it back to him for an easy layup.

The game changes. These records will be broken.

Moses
02-02-2006, 04:04 PM
55 rebounds easily. I don't think we'll see anyone get over 40 ever again. Alot of teams don't even get close to 55 rebounds total.

Slick Pinkham
02-02-2006, 04:28 PM
BTW, I seem to recall that the Indiana HS record for points is over 100. Back in real old days, they used to jump the ball after each basket. If you had a really tall player, he got the tip to one of his assist leaders who tossed it back to him for an easy layup.


Most games in the real old days had final scores like 28-24. A player scoring 10 points was almost unheard of.

I think that the Indiana high school scoring record in one game is somewhere in the 65-point range. I know McGinnis had about 60 once--58? in the finals no less.

High school= 32 minute game, so 60 pts = 90 pt pace in a 48 minute game.

dipperdunk
02-02-2006, 04:29 PM
My father who watched all of Wilt's career told me before he felt Wilt's best game wasn't the 100 point game or the 55 rebound game he said it was a triple overtime loss against the Lakers. Wilt ended up with like 78 pts and Elgin Baylor scored in the 60's.

Harvey Pollack who has been the 76ers statistician since like 1960(he was the one who scribbled 100 on the note Wilt held up) has said he used to keep stats for blocked shots even though the league didn't at the time. He said Wilt's high for blocks in a game was 36.

Slick Pinkham
02-02-2006, 04:31 PM
Wilt's high for blocks in a game was 36.

:-o

denyfizle
02-02-2006, 04:44 PM
rebounds. The Pacers hardly get 50 a game as a team.

Anthem
02-02-2006, 05:03 PM
I went with blocks. If you get 10 blocks, people stop driving the lane. Nobody's gonna stop missing shots.

Los Angeles
02-02-2006, 05:20 PM
My head said rebounds, but my heart votes for assists.

Sometimes I wish every NBA bucket had an accompanying assist.

Kegboy
02-02-2006, 05:59 PM
Remember, the assists were set on a bad team, where as the game progressed, nobody took a shot unless Skiles passed the ball to them. I'm not knocking Scott, it's still an incredible feat, but it is something that can be manufactured with the help of teammates, just like when David Robinson scored 71 to beat Shaq for the scoring title. It's pretty hard to manufacture rebounds.

317Kim
02-02-2006, 06:02 PM
I'd have to go with the 55 rebounds.

Los Angeles
02-02-2006, 06:08 PM
Remember, the assists were set on a bad team, where as the game progressed, nobody took a shot unless Skiles passed the ball to them. I'm not knocking Scott, it's still an incredible feat, but it is something that can be manufactured with the help of teammates, just like when David Robinson scored 71 to beat Shaq for the scoring title. It's pretty hard to manufacture rebounds.
Good point.

What is that rule in logic called? Something like the rule of inverses?

Anyway, it goes something like this: I want a game with more assists, because I think that more assists would be a reflection of a more exciting style. But as you've pointed out, the stat could also reflect the opposite: a really BORING style.

Kstat
02-02-2006, 06:28 PM
55 rebounds in a game.

Nobody's ever going to break 40 again. let alone 50.....

Will Galen
02-02-2006, 07:15 PM
I can not imagine a scenario where someone would even come close to the 55 rebounds.

I whole heartly agree! When Wilt set that record a high shooting percentage was 33%. Shooting 40% was very rare. Today teams average over 40% from the field. The game was also played at a faster pace, meaning more shots were taken. What it all means is there were a lot more rebounds available when Wilt played.

Another point. The Pacers had four players have great rebounding games last night and got 55 rebounds.

Even if we had a Dennis Rodman type rebounder that stood 7'5, it would be almost impossible for him to get 55 rebounds.

Pacersfan46
02-02-2006, 07:22 PM
I think the one getting ignored is the 21 OFFENSIVE rebounds.

That's just as unreal as the 55 boards.

Kstat
02-02-2006, 07:25 PM
I think the one getting ignored is the 21 OFFENSIVE rebounds.

That's just as unreal as the 55 boards.

That can be reached.

Rodman at his peak managed 18.

Ben's gotten to 12 a few times.

21 isn't unheard of, especially in an OT game.

Sirius
02-02-2006, 07:29 PM
I voted rebounds as well...wow.

Knucklehead Warrior
02-02-2006, 07:56 PM
Most games in the real old days had final scores like 28-24. A player scoring 10 points was almost unheard of..
Quite true or even less. I'm sure many games with the peach basket went 8-6.


I think that the Indiana high school scoring record in one game is somewhere in the 65-point range. I know McGinnis had about 60 once--58? in the finals no less. .
IHSAA. I'm talking before that, pre 1920s.


High school= 32 minute game, so 60 pts = 90 pt pace in a 48 minute game.
immaterial when you
010 jump the ball
020 pass it to your teammate for a layup
030 stop the clock
040 goto 010

Conflict
02-02-2006, 08:20 PM
I voted for the 55 rebounds, Kobe almost got the 100 points, nobody got near the 55 rebounds, so thats a easy one!

N8R
02-02-2006, 08:51 PM
I voted the 17 blocks cause that is insane. The boards it a good one too but I am a big fan of the blocks and I would love to see the game where someone can beat that record. I would like one person to beat all of those in one game and have them on my fantasy team and watch them beat the opponent single handidly: 101 point, 56 rebs (with 22 Off Rebs), 31 assists, 18 blocks, And beat the record for Steals (dont know it). That would be a nice fantasy night in my books.

If anyone knows the league record for steals in a game I would like to know. I was just searching but couldnt come up with it.

Also Sheryl Miller scored 105 in a game in High school.

Slick Pinkham
02-03-2006, 10:18 AM
I think the one getting ignored is the 21 OFFENSIVE rebounds.

That's just as unreal as the 55 boards.

That record sort of has an asterisk. Offensive and defensive rebounds were not recorded separately until 1973.

It is almost a certainty that Wilt had more than 22 offensive rebounds in his 55 rebound game or in several of the other games that he had around 50 boards total.

The 55 boards coming against the NBA's best team and best opposing big man make it simply the most un-toppable one man performance ever, IMO.