Arena Scoring Marks

Arena Scoring Marks

Postby Keith Ellis » Thu Apr 26, 2007 4:00 pm

While learning from JGrasso about George Mikan's scoring vs the Indianapolis Jets of 1949, I found a story about Mikan setting the professional scoring record at Madison Square Garden in early March of that year w/ 48 points (hitting 18 of 37 from the field, 12-17 FTs). He had set the NIT record too, w/ 53 in 1945.

Oscar at MSG broke the amateur scoring mark; MJ bettered Mikan's 48 against the Knicks (more than once). Have any/many others?
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Postby Gabe Farkas » Wed May 16, 2007 7:04 pm

I feel like this is something that was discussed before, or that is on the APBR website somewhere, but I can't find it right now. I guess it probably is not too tough to research...just pull the 50-60 highest scoring games of all time, and start going down the list and checking off locations, right?
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Postby luckyshow » Sat Jan 19, 2008 2:31 am

I have thought of this one when I run across a mention of, let's say, the record at the early Indianapolis arena..but it seemed too difficult...first there would be gaps, but mostly do the easilly checked records contain the exact arena involved? For instance in NY, there was the armory, there were the doubleheaders as well, in other towns arenas hanged or one day they may play at a high schoool gym in early days....

One record I must add is records below Fulks 67 when the name changed, I am kind of ambiguous at this, listing BAA as NBA in one place but having lower NBA records than BAA record in another place and not going lower, such as starting with first game/day played in league called "NBA" and going up from there.

Hershey is easy. What arena did Fulks 67 come in? Some, especially the early teams that didn't last or moved quickly, will be under 50
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Postby luckyshow » Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:23 pm

Sorry, I stay up too late collecting and entering data, I have deleted two entries I found last night!!

One was in a doubleheader in Detroit, early 60s, Wilt Chamberlain with Warriors set the record, it was high, like 62, so probably stuck, especially as they probably didn't play there much longer, this should be sort of easy to find on the lists, mine or others, if one would have to verify the arena

2nd one I can't even recall the player, maybe Rick Barry 2nd time in NBA, it was against Houston, but played at San Antonio Convention Center...I will attempt to figure this one out as well....was record at that time. Did San Antonio play there when they began?

Here is the Wilt:
62 pts. Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors 136-130 (O.T.) St. Louis Hawks, at Detroit, 1/17/1962 8,379 (249 pts. in 4 games)
I will have to search for arena name, unless someone knows it...

Here is the San Antonio Convention Auditorium one:
51 pts. Rick Barry, Golden State Warriors (W 123-117) at Houston Rockets, at San Antonio, 1/17/1973

Here are other probables & possibles:
58 pts. Wilt Chamberlain, San Francisco Warriors 138-114 Detroit Pistons, 1/24/1963 at Bakersfield College Gym 2,162

51 pts. Rick Barry, San Francisco Warriors v. Chicago Bulls, at Fresno, 2/16/1967

62 pts. Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors 139-132O.T. Syracuse Nationals, at Utica, N.Y., 1/21/1962 (30th over 50 on year) 4,500

60 pts. Wilt Chamberlain, Los Angeles Lakers 126-113 Cincinnati Royals, at Cleveland, 1/26/1969

58 pts. Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors 127-117 at Detroit Pistons, 1/25/1960 at Bethlehem, Pa. (42 reb.; 24 FG, 10 FT)

51 pts. Rick Barry, San Francisco Warriors v. Chicago Bulls, at Fresno, 2/16/1967

49 pts. Bob Petit, St. Louis Hawks (L 109-111) Boston Celtics, 1/24/1963 at Providence 7,238
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Postby MCT » Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:03 pm

If it's any help, up until 1966 or so the NBA Guide used to have a section with records for specific NBA arenas. I think it even took into account performances in neutral-site doubleheader games that took place in the arena in question. It did not cover every court that had ever hosted an NBA game, though, just the current main arenas for each NBA team, and maybe one or two frequently used alternate sites.
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