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Players who scored the most points in one quarter in NBA history
My team the New Jersey Nets was wisely pursuing a trade with the Denver Nuggets for Carmelo Anthony until billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov ended the trade talks saying they were a distraction to the team. The Nets could really have used Melo as he would have given them a legitimate scorer and been the star player that would have given the franchise some respectability.
Here is a list of the players who have scored the most points in one quarter in NBA history. It would have been fun having one of these players on my team to root for.
Players with Most Points Scored in One Quarter in NBA History
1. George Gervin - 33 points
On April 9, 1978 George Gervin of the San Antonio Spurs scored 33 points in the second quarter vs the New Orleans Jazz. That is tied with Carmelo Anthony for the most points ever scored by one player in one quarter in NBA history.
Gervin had already poured in 20 points in the 1st quarter of that game as that was the last day of the 1978 season and he was in a tight battle with David Thompson for the NBA scoring title. Gervin scored 63 points in the game and won the first of his four NBA scoring titles.
1. Carmelo Anthony - 33
On December 10, 2008 Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets scored 33 points in the 3rd quarter vs the Minnesota Timberwolves to tie with George Gervin for the highest point total in one quarter in NBA history.
Melo made 12 of the 15 shots he took in the quarter and scored 26 straight points for the Nuggets during the quarter who won the game 116-105 after trailing by 12 points at the half. Anthony would finish the game with 45 points.
2. David Thompson - 32 points
On April 9, 1978 the last day of the season David Thompson poured in 32 points in the 1st quarter for the Denver Nuggets vs the Detroit Pistons. That is the 2nd highest point total for a player in one quarter in NBA history.
Thompson was locked in a battle with George Gervin for the NBA scoring title in 1978. He went on to score 21 more points in the 2nd quarter giving him 53 points for the half. He would end the game with 73 points which is the 4th highest point total in one game in NBA history. Despite all the points Thompson finished second in scoring to Gervin who is listed above.
3. Wilt Chamberlain - 31 points
When Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in one of the most famous games in NBA history on March 2, 1962 for the Philadelphia Warriors in Hershey, Pennsylvania he scored 31 points in the 4th quarter to get him to 100 for the game. Wilt had scored 28 points in the 3rd quarter to get him within hailing distance of the 100 points.
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers has twice scored 30 points in one quarter. On December 20, 2005 Kobe scored 30 points in the 3rd quarter against the Dallas Mavericks and finished the game with 62 total points. The next season on November 30, 2006 Kobe scored 30 again in the 3rd quarter vs the Utah Jazz and finished that game with 52 total points.
When Kobe had his 81 point game he scored 27 points in the 3rd quarter and 28 more points in the 4th quarter.
4. Michael Jordan - 30 points
On November 26, 1988 Michael Jordan scored 30 points in the 4th quarter against the Denver Nuggets.
4. Vernon Maxwell - 30 points
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