Posted by Neil on March 5, 2013
We get asked this question a lot, and unfortunately it's not currently possible to find the answer via the Play Index, so I decided to put up a leaderboard once and for all. The most recent version of the question comes from BBR user Reggie:
I’ve seen references on here to games where two teammates scored 40 or more in the same game. But which teammates combined to score the most points in any game? [...]
One game that I remember very well as a Mavericks fan, which is often overlooked, was the overtime game they won at Chicago on November 13, 1994. That was the game where Jamal Mashburn hit for 50 and Jim Jackson went for 38, the two scoring 88 of the 124 points that night in the four point Mavs victory.
Since we have complete box scores (1985-86), here are the 200 most potent scoring duos in a single NBA game:
Now, some of you may be saying (and I agree) that the above list is misleading, since you're not really looking for situations like Kobe's 81-point game, where one guy scored a ton of points and the second guy just rode his coattails onto the list. So in order to make sure both scorers have high totals, here are games sorted by the Geometric Mean of the two top scorers' totals: