Gerald Henderson, right, of the Charlotte Bobcats attempts to block against Deron Williams, left, of the New Jersey Nets during Sunday's game in Charlotte. Williams had 57 points in the Nets' 104-101 victory. (Kent Smith/NBAE/Getty Images)
57 points from a single player in a single game isn't something you see
often. It's a stat line more frequently produced in video games than on
an actual basketball court. The players gracing this page are no strangers to larger-than-life scoring.
57 points from a single player in a single game isn't something you see often. It's a stat line more frequently produced in video games than on an actual basketball court.
Sunday afternoon, New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams dropped a franchise-record 57 points on the Charlotte Bobcats in his team's 104-101 win. The Bobcats had a 16 point lead at one point in the first half, but Williams led the charge out of the hole and straight to an -albeit - narrow victory.
The most spectacular part of the charge was the third quarter, in which Williams scored 22 points.To put that number into perspective, the Toronto Raptors' top-scorer Andrea Bargnani averages 23 points... per entire game.
On Sunday, Williams wasn't the only one with game stats that would make a fantasy owner swoon. Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo lit up the court, capturing another tight victory for his team over the New York Knicks.
The match-up was the stuff sports journalists' dreams are made of. Jeremy Lin and Rajon Rondo - two of the league's young, talented stars - guarded each other in a game that featured what is arguably the greatest team rivalry in the Atlantic Division.
Rondo nabbed himself a coveted triple-double with 18 points, 20 assists and a career-high 17 rebounds against the not-so Lin-sational Jeremy Lin.
Paul Pierce chipped in a modest 34 points, including a three-pointer with 4.9 seconds left in regulation to send the teams into overtime. An overtime in which Rondo had a part in every single point that was scored by his team. Again with the video game-like numbers.
When it comes to points in a single game, scored by a single person, Wilt Chamberlain reigns supreme. He scored 100 points on the New York Knicks in 1962. The final score of that game was 169-147, so suffice it to say, things have changed slightly since then. Even so, 100 points is a dramatic feat that will more than likely - if not surely - never be repeated.
The player to come closest to Chamberlain's 100 is Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. He dropped 81 points on the Toronto Raptors in 2006 at the Staples Centre. Bryant shot over 50 per cent from behind the arc in that game, and he helped his team come back from a double-digit, second-quarter deficit.
It was also notable being the highest scoring individual game to ever be broadcast live.
The king of hoops, Michael Jordan, scored 69 points on the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1990 to give his Chicago Bulls an overtime victory. Jordan also recorded a personal regular season career high 18 rebounds in that game.
Though it doesn't quite match Bryant's 81, many still argue that Jordan's career-high game was more impressive than Black Mamba's. Then again, they could just be partial to the Jumpman - and nobody can fault them for that.
Kacie HollinsKacie is a journalism school graduate from Calgary who caught the sports bug, moved to Toronto, and wound up at CBC. Though basketball is her game, she's covered just about everything involving a stick, sword, ball or bat.