While records are made to be broken, there are also moments or events in the National Basketball Association (NBA) that stood the test of time and deserved some pages in the history books. Every phenomenal record deserved to be talked about and given mileage and posterity. These things are not something you should only be curious about. These unbreakable records in the history of the NBA should be celebrated and talked about. These kinds of NBA facts are sources of inspiration for the next breed of NBA players.
Every NBA player worked hard not only for their team but also for themselves. While the awards and accolades are important to them, nothing else matters than achieving more than what they expected from their talents and efforts.
While it is true that it is sometimes impossible to challenge some NBA records, there are also some instances when some ambitious individuals are making their way into the spotlight from time to time.
Thus, nothing is ever wasted in breaking one’s or somebody else’s recognition. Many records in NBA history have been engraved at the Basketball Hall of Fame. These records are about a game, a team, or a player, among others.
The 10 most unbreakable records in NBA history
1. 100-Point Game from Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Wilt Chamberlain garnered 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors versus the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962. The scores earned by Chamberlain led his team to a fantastic scoreline of 169-147.
Kobe Bryant was the only player who managed even to get close to the 100-point game got by Chamberlain. Bryant earned 81 points in the Los Angeles Lakers versus Toronto Raptors, scoring 122-104, on January 22, 2006.
2. 33 Straight Wins of the Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers, with Jerry West, Wil Chamberlain, and Pat Riley, among others, helped in 33 straight wins for the team from November 5, 1971, to January 7, 1972.
Only the Milwaukee Bucks, with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson, stopped it.
With the strong team of Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors come closest to the record held by the Los Angeles Lakers. The Warriors heaped 28 wins between April 9, 2015, and December 11, 2015.
3. The 30.1 Points per Game of Michael Jordan
The legendary Michael Jordan is known for his average 30.1 points per game. Known by many as the best NBA player in history, Jordan brought plenty of unbreakable records to NBA history.
Jordan brought many other impressive records to his teams, the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. As of now, Kevin Durant (average 27.1 points) and LeBron James (average 27 points) have managed to come close.
4. Scott Skiles’ 30 Assists in a Game
Scott Skiles’ legacy includes being a coach in Chicago and NBA record holder for having the most assists in a single game, which is 30.
Orlando Magic’s Skiles did this extraordinary record on December 30, 1990 against the Denver Nuggets at the Orlando Arena, with a score 155-116.
For 12 years, Kevin Porter got this record (29) before Skiles shattered it.
Meanwhile, John Stockton also garnered 28 assists, which delivered a win for Utah Jazz versus the San Antonio Spurs, scoring 124-102. However, no one has been near enough to eclipse this NBA record in recent years.
5. Fastest Foulout that Leads to Disqualification
Bubba Wells made it to the NBA records for having the fastest fallout that led to disqualification being committed during a game. The fantastic record: 2 Minutes, 43 Seconds!
Wells made this as he watched over Chicago Bull’s dangerman Dennis “The Worm” Rodman during a game in 1997. Interestingly, Wells challenged Rodman every time he got hold of the ball. The aggressive steals led him to foul Rodman. The scheme only lasted 2 minutes and 43 seconds as Wells earned his sixth foul, followed by disqualification. Rodman then scored 9 out of 12 free throws after Wells’ exit in the game.
6. 62,046 Attendance at an NBA Game
On March 27, 1998, the NBA had the highest attendance in its history during the Atlanta Hawks play versus the Chicago Bulls at Georgia Dome.
A whopping 62,046 people showed up during the game. During the event, Michael Jordan did not fail to impress the mammoth crowd, as he delivered 34 points to help the Bulls to a win.
The Atlanta Hawk’s current home arena was under construction from 1997 to 1999. Because of this situation, the Hawks had their home games in two areas, Georgia Tech’s campus (with less than 10,000 capacity) and Georgia Dome (with a little over 62,000 capacity).
7. 98.1 Single-Season Free-Throw Percentage
Before Jose Calderon came into the scene to shatter this NBA record, the free-throw percentage of Calvin Murphy was the all-time mark for this, spanning 28 years, with his 95.81 percentage.
Calderon then stole the record after triumphantly having 151 of 154 free throws, leading to 98.1 percent to deliver the new NBA record in the 2008-2009 season.
8. 38,387 Career Points Scored from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s skills to shoot the ball were unlike anyone else. Abdul-Jabbar’s ability to score high during his career remains unbeatable.
Michael Jordan of Chicago Bulls earned just 32,292 points in his professional career. On the other hand, the legendary Kobe Bryant only had 27,868 points.
9. Bill Russel for Most Championships as a Player
Bill Russel had made it to NBA history after he secured 11 championships in his professional career despite playing only 13 seasons. He garnered an average of more than 20 rebounds per game in 10 seasons during his NBA career.
10. The Memphis Grizzlies delivered 73-point win against Oklahoma City Thunder
In December 2021, the Memphis Grizzlies made the biggest win in NBA history, defeating Oklahoma City Thunder by a 73-point margin in a depressing way, with a score 152-79 victory.
The previous biggest win in NBA history happened almost 30 years ago (1991) when the Cleveland Cavaliers earned a 68-point advantage over the Miami Heat, with a score of 148-80.