On November 30th, Jayson Tatum put up one of the craziest NBA stat lines of the 2022-23 season in a 134-121 victory over the Miami Heat. He finished the game with 49 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals – shooting 15 of 25 from the floor, 8 of 12 from long range, and 11 of 12 from the charity stripe.
Entering the game, Tatum was one of only seven players in NBA history with 45+ points, 10+ rebounds, and 8+ 3-pointers in a game. The other six players to achieve the feat were Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Paul George, James Harden, Kobe Bryant and Ray Allen – four of which are still in the league.
With his 49 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 three-pointers against the Heat, he became the only player to ever achieve the feat twice – and he’s only 24 years old! He also became the only NBA player to record 900 career three-pointers made before turning 25 – not even Steph can say that. Tatum is a bonafide star.
20 of the Craziest NBA Stat Lines This Season
We’re roughly 25 games through the season as of December 8th and while we still have more than 50 games to go before the end of the regular season, we’ve already witnessed several NBA stat lines that made our jaws drop. It has been a crazy season and my gut is telling me it’ll only get crazier from here.
We haven’t seen a 60-point scorer yet this year, but we have seen five 50-point games and 44 players have scored at least 40 points. 13 players have recorded at least 20 rebounds in a game, 10 players have had at least 15 assists, 11 players had six or more steals, and 10 players have had at least six blocks.
Before we break down our top-20 craziest NBA stat lines so far this season, let’s take a look at our two honorable mentions. First, we have Kyle Lowry, who had 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 15 assists on Nov. 18th. Second, we have Ja Morant, who had 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 14 assists on Nov. 27th.
20. Domantas Sabonis vs. Warriors on Nov. 13
Stat Line: 26 points, 22 rebounds, 8 assists (10 of 17 FG, 2 of 2 3P, 4 of 6 FT)
On November 13th, Domantas Sabonis put up 26 points, 22 rebounds, and 8 assists against the Golden State Warriors – making him one of 13 players to record at least 20 rebounds this season. Of those 13 players, he’s one of five to also score at least 20 points and the only one to have more than 5 assists.
Sabonis shot 10 of 17 from the field, 2 of 2 from long range, and 4 of 6 from the charity stripe. It capped off an impressive 122-115 win for his Sacramento Kings – despite being down 39-26 at the end of the first quarter. They responded by outscoring the Warriors 38-23 in the second quarter and never looked back.
19. Tyrese Haliburton vs. Nets on Nov. 25
Stat Line: 21 points, 6 rebounds, 15 assists, 4 steals (7 of 15 FG, 1 of 6 3P, 6 of 6 FT)
On November 25th, Tyrese Haliburton put up 21 points, 6 rebounds, 15 assists, and 4 steals against the Brooklyn Nets – making him one of eight players to record at least 15 assists this season. Of those eight players, he’s the only one to do it multiple times – having dished 15 assists on three occasions this year.
Haliburton shot 7 of 15 from the field, 1 of 6 from beyond the three-point line, and made all six of his free throw attempts. He led his Pacers to a 128-117 win over the Nets after outscoring them 40-23 in the final quarter. The Pacers had four players score at least 20 points and they dished 28 assists as a team.
18. James Harden vs. Wizards on Oct. 31
Stat Line: 23 points, 7 rebounds, 17 assists, 2 steals (8 of 17 FG, 2 of 6 3P, 5 of 6 FT)
On October 31st, James Harden put up 23 points, 7 rebounds, 17 assists, and 2 steals against the Washington Wizards – his 17 assists are the most by any player this season. What’s even more incredible is the fact that he did it without Joel Embiid on the floor. All he needed was 3 boards for a triple-double.
Harden shot 8 of 17 from the floor, made 2 of his 6 three-point field goal attempts, and 5 of his 6 free throw attempts. He turned the ball over 4 times, but still managed to finish the game with a +8. He led his Philadelphia 76ers to a 118-111 victory, despite being outscored 38-32 in the fourth and final quarter.
17. Stephen Curry vs. Kings on Nov. 7
Stat Line: 47 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists (17 of 24 FG, 7 of 12 3P, 6 of 7 FT)
On November 7th, Stephen Curry put up 47 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists against the Sacramento Kings – about one week before Domantas Sabonis (from above) got his revenge. This was Curry’s first 40-point game of the season, but he now has three of them – one of which being a 50-point outing.
Curry finished the game 17 of 24 from the floor, 7 of 12 from beyond the arc, and 6 of 7 from the charity stripe – capping off what was an extremely efficient night. Despite entering the fourth quarter down by 9 points, the Golden State Warriors won 116-13 after outscoring the Kings 37-25 in the final quarter.
16. Anthony Davis vs. Suns on Nov. 22
Stat Line: 37 points, 21 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals, 5 blocks (11 of 17 FG, 0 of 0 3P, 15 of 16 FT)
On November 22nd, Anthony Davis put up 37 points, 21 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals, and 5 blocks against the Phoenix Suns with LeBron James sidelined. He scored at least 37 points on four other occasions this season and his third in the matter of nine days – he also did it on November 13th and 18th.
Davis finished the game 11 of 17 from the floor and 15 of 16 from the free throw line – he didn’t make nor attempt a three-point field goal the entire game. It was a monster performance for Davis, but one that came in a losing effort – by 10 points, nonetheless. Apparently, he needed LeBron on this particular night.
15. Devin Booker vs. Kings on Nov. 28
Stat Line: 44 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 steals (17 of 28 FG, 1 of 6 3P, 9 of 9 FT)
On November 28th, Devin Booker put up 44 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 6 steals against the Sacramento Kings – his 44 points is currently tied for the 13th-most by a player this season. Of those with at least 44 points in a game, Booker is the only one to have 6 steals – the next closest was 2 steals.
Booker finished the game 17 of 28 from the field, 1 of 6 from beyond the arc, and made all 9 of his free throw attempts. He shot often and while he missed 11 of them, he still shot above 60% from the floor. The other four starters on his team totaled 46 points as Booker led the Phoenix Suns to a 122-117 victory.
14. Paul George vs. Rockets on Oct. 31
Stat Line: 35 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 6 steals, 2 blocks (15 of 26 FG, 5 of 10 3P, 0 of 1 FT)
On October 31st, Paul George put up 35 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 6 steals, and 2 blocks against the Houston Rockets – just one rebound and two assists shy of a triple-double. He was a +16 when on the floor as he led his team in points, assists, steals, and three-pointers made – all without Kawhi Leonard.
George finished the game 15 of 26 from the floor and 5 of 10 from beyond the three-point line. A little surprising is the fact that he only attempted one free throw the entire game – and he missed it. He’s averaging 4.1 free throws made per game this season and shoots 87% from there, so that was weird.
13. Ivica Zubac vs. Pacers on Nov. 27
Stat Line: 31 points, 29 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks (14 of 17 FG, 0 of 0 3P, 3 of 3 FT)
On November 27th, Ivica Zubac put up 31 points, 29 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks against the Indiana Pacers – his 29 rebounds is currently the most by an NBA player in a single game this season. The 7-foot center pulled in 17 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds in 35 minutes of action.
Zubac finished the game 14 of 17 from the field and 3 of 3 from the free throw line – he only missed three shots the entire game. He led his Los Angeles Clippers to an impressive 114-100 victory over a tough Pacers’ squad and did so on a night that saw both Paul George and Kawhi Leonard on the bench.
12. Klay Thompson vs. Rockets on Nov. 20
Stat Line: 41 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals (14 of 23 FG, 10 of 13 3P, 3 of 4 FT)
On November 20th, Klay Thompson put up 41 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals – not only was his 41 points impressive, but his 10 three-pointers made were tied for the most in a single game by a player this season. It’s also the only time he put up 40+ points on the year – he’s averaging 18.9 points.
Thompson finished the game 14 of 23 from the field, 10 of 13 from the three-point line, and 3 of 4 from the charity stripe – in other words, it was an extremely efficient night for the 32-year-old shooting guard. Even more important than his stat line was the 127-120 win that came out of it for the Golden State Warriors.
11. Stephen Curry vs. Rockets on Nov. 20
Stat Line: 33 points, 6 rebounds, 15 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks (11 of 20 FG, 7 of 14 3P, 4 of 5 FT)
On November 20th, Steph Curry put up 33 points, 6 rebounds, 15 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks against the Houston Rockets – yes, this was the same game as Klay Thompson (from above). Curry is just one of eight players to record at least 15 assists this season, but the only one to pair it with at least 30 points.
Curry finished the game 11 of 20 from the field, 7 of 14 from beyond the arc, and 4 of 5 from the charity stripe. Known as the Splash Brothers, Curry and Thompson combined for 17 three-point field goals made in the 127-120 victory, despite being down by 4 points at halftime. It was the Warriors’ 8th win of the year.
10. Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. Nets on Oct. 26
Stat Line: 43 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steals, 3 blocks (16 of 25 FG, 1 of 4 3P, 10 of 14 FT)
On October 26th, Giannis Antetokounmpo put up 43 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steals, and 3 blocks against the Brooklyn Nets. The monster performance came just four days after he put up 44 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assists against the Rockets – that’s right, back-to-back big performances.
Giannis finished the first performance 17 of 21 from the field, 1 of 3 from long range, and 8 of 13 from the free throw line in a 125-105 win vs. the Rockets. He finished his second performance 16 of 25 from the field, 1 of 4 from long range, and 10 of 14 from the charity stripe in a 110-99 win vs. the Nets.
9. Devin Booker vs. Jazz on Nov. 18
Stat Line: 49 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists, 1 steal (16 of 31 FG, 2 of 9 3P, 15 of 15 FT)
On November 18th, Devin Booker put up 49 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists, and 1 steal against the Utah Jazz – his 49 points is currently tied for the 6th-most of any player this season (Jayson Tatum and Ja Morant being the other two to score 49 points). Of the three, Booker’s game was the most impressive.
Booker finished the game 16 of 31 from the field and 2 of 9 from beyond the three-point line. While he wasn’t that effective from the field, he did make all 15 of his free throw attempts. Unfortunately, his efforts didn’t result in a victory as his Phoenix Suns fell to the Jazz 133-134 in the closing seconds of the game.
8. Luka Doncic vs. Warriors on Nov. 29
Stat Line: 41 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists, 4 steals, 1 blocks (14 of 27 FG, 4 of 9 3P, 9 of 15 FT)
On November 29th, Luka Doncic put up 41 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists, 4 steals, and 1 block against the Golden State Warriors. It was his third 40-point triple-double this season, but we’ll get into the other two in a moment. It was also his fifth time scoring at least 40 points in a game and his eighth triple-double.
Doncic finished the game 14 of 27 from the field, 4 of 9 from beyond the arc, and 9 of 15 from the charity stripe – struggling more than usual with his free throws. The other four starters on his team combined for 46 points as Doncic led his Dallas Mavericks to an impressive and much-needed 116-113 win at home.
7. Luka Doncic vs. Nets on Oct. 27
Stat Line: 41 points, 11 rebounds, 14 assists, 3 steals (14 of 28 FG, 2 of 6 3P, 11 of 13 FT)
On October 27th, Luka Doncic put up 41 points, 11 rebounds, 14 assists, and 3 steals against the Brooklyn Nets – it was his first of three 40-point triple-doubles this season. His Dallas Mavericks entered the game 1-2 and desperate for a win against a tough team, squeaking away with a 129-125 victory.
Doncic finished the game 14 of 28 from the field, 2 of 6 from beyond the three-point line, and 11 of 13 from the free throw line. His team was +20 when he was on the floor and he played more than 40 minutes – his team needed all of it as the game went to overtime. The Mavs outscored the Nets 17-13 in overtime.
6. Luka Doncic vs. Trail Blazers on Nov. 12
Stat Line: 42 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals, 1 block (13 of 22 FG, 1 of 5 3P, 15 of 18 FT)
On November 12th, Luka Doncic put up 42 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block against the Portland Trail Blazers – it was his second of three 40-point triple-doubles this season. While he scored 41 points in the other two, he one-upped those NBA stat lines with an extra point in this one.
Doncic finished the game 13 of 22 from the field, 1 of 5 from long range, and hit 15 of his 18 free throw attempts. Despite the Trail Blazers watching Anfernee Simons, Jerami Grant, and Damian Lillard combine for 90 points, Luka led his Dallas Mavericks to a 117-112 victory thanks to a clutch fourth quarter.
5. Darius Garland vs. Timberwolves on Nov. 13
Stat Line: 51 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals (13 of 31 FG, 10 of 15 3P, 9 of 13 FT)
On November 13th, Darius Garland put up 51 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals against the Minnesota Timberwolves – he was the first player to put up 50+ points this season (other than Joel Embiid, who also did it on Nov. 13, but more on that below). As for Garland, he’s on a tear this year.
Garland finished the game 16 of 31 from the field, 10 of 15 from long range, and 9 of 13 from the free throw line. Along with Klay Thompson, Garland is the only other player to make 10 or more three-point attempts in a single game. Despite the impressive play, his Cleveland Cavs lost the game 124-129.
4. Devin Booker vs. Bulls on Nov. 30
Stat Line: 51 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal (20 of 25 FG, 6 of 7 3P, 5 of 6 FT)
On November 30th, Devin Booker put up 51 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1 steal against the Chicago Bulls – at the time, he was the fourth player to achieve at least 50 points this season. The monster performance came in a 132-113 win that nearly saw Booker outscore the other four starters.
Booker finished the game an impressive 20 of 25 from the field, 6 of 7 from beyond the three-point line, and 5 of 6 from the free throw line. What’s unique about Booker’s 50-point performance is that he did it in just 30 minutes of action – the other four NBA players to do it this season played at least 36 minutes.
3. Stephen Curry vs. Suns on Nov. 16
Stat Line: 50 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 block (17 of 28 FG, 7 of 11 3P, 9 of 9 FT)
On November 16th, Stephen Curry put up 50 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1 block against the Phoenix Suns – at the time, he was the third player to score at least 50 points this season. Unfortunately, the monster performance came in a disappointing 119-130 loss – a 50-point loss, like Darius Garland.
Curry finished the game 17 of 28 from the field, 7 of 11 from long range, and hit all 9 of his free throw attempts – he’s one of the most efficient free throw shooters of all-time, so that comes as no surprise. Of the five players with 50+ points this year, Curry did so in the second-to-least amount of time (36:14).
2. Anthony Davis vs. Wizards on Dec. 4
Stat Line: 55 points, 17 rebounds, 1 assists, 3 blocks (22 of 30 FG, 2 of 3 3P, 9 of 9 FT)
On December 4th, Anthony Davis put up 55 points, 17 rebounds, 1 assists, and 3 blocks against the Washington Wizards – it was the most recent 50-point game in the NBA. The performance came in a 130-119 win for the Lakers, which also saw LeBron James and Lonnie Walker IV combine for 49 points.
Davis finished the game 22 of 30 from the field – an efficient 73%, hitting nearly 3 of every 4 of his shots. He also hit 2 of 3 from beyond the arc and sank all 9 of his free throw attempts. To say he was in a zone would be an understatement. To add a cherry on top, he only had one foul and two turnovers in the game.
1. Joel Embiid vs. Jazz on Nov. 13
Stat Line: 59 points,11 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal, 7 blocks (19 of 28 FG, 1 of 5 3P, 20 of 24 FT)
On November 13th, Joel Embiid put up 59 points,11 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal, and 7 blocks against the Utah Jazz – his 59 points were the most in a single game this year and accounted for more than half of his team’s points (105). He was one point, two assists and three blocks away from a 60-point quadruple-double.
Embiid finished the game 19 of 28 from the field, but only made 1 of his 5 three-point attempts. He also went 20 of 24 from the charity stripe, with his 20 made free throws currently tied for the second-most this season – DeMar DeRozan also made 20 free throws, while Jerami Grant made 21 free throws this year.
Reliving Some of the Best NBA Stat Lines of All-Time
The NBA was founded in 1946, which means we have more than 75 years of crazy NBA stat lines – some of which are crazier than others. With Jayson Tatum’s recent performance and some of the other crazy NBA stat lines we’ve seen this year, it makes us think about some of the greatest stat lines of all-time.
For example, we all know about Wilt Chamberlain and his 100-point, 25-rebound game, but let’s not forget he also put up a double-triple-double with 22 points, 25 rebounds, and 21 assists. Kobe Bryant also deserves mention here, putting up 81 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block in 2006.
Bill Russell had a 30-point, 40-rebound game and four players have had a quadruple-double – having at least 10 of any four statistics. David Robinson did it in 1994 with 34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 blocks. Hakeem Olajuwon did it four years prior with 18 points, 16 rebounds, 11 blocks, 10 assists.
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