The NBA never ceases to amaze and even after decades and decades of milestones and accolades, there are still a lot of records that are meant to be broken at some point of the season.
In order to be able to perform at the highest of levels, NBA players need to be mentally and physically prepared for the challenges that come with playing on such a tough competition, especially come playoff time.
Naturally, that means being able to just suck it up and play through pain and fatigue and be able to help your team regardless of how many minutes you’ve already logged. Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 10 players with the most minutes played in a single game.
10. Jimmy Butler – 60 minutes
We all know Jimmy Butler is a fierce competitor that just won’t back down from any challenge. If it were up to him, he would never get a breather and would just play all 48 minutes on a nightly basis.
That was pretty much Tom Thibodeau’s plan, especially back in 2014, when his Chicago Bulls faced the Orlando Magic in a triple-overtime thriller. Butler played 60 minutes and ended up with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.
9. Brian Grant – 61 minutes
Not most young fans are going to remember him, but back in the day, Brian Grant was actually a dominant force in both sides of the glass, especially during his time with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Back in 1997, the big man was a major part of the Blazers’ game plan, when they faced the Phoenix Suns. The game went to a 4th overtime before the Suns eventually pulled away with a 140-139 triumph, and Grant logged 34 points with 17 boards.
8. Jalen Rose – 61 minutes
People don’t seem to remember how much of a competitor Jalen Rose was night in and night out. He was a smart player that could really make a huge difference in several aspects of the game.
That’s why the Indiana Pacers refused to give him a breather back in 2001 when they faced the Houston Rockets for a triple-overtime matchup. The Pacers lost, but Rose recorded 39 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists.
7. Jay Humphries – 62 minutes
Jay Humphries wasn’t your average dominant scorer, but all the little things he did in both ends of the court were a major factor for the Bucks in 1989, especially when they faced the Seattle Supersonics for a 5 overtime game.
Humphries was able to stay on the court for 62 minutes and helped his Bucks get a 155-154 victory over the Sonics, scoring 11 points with 8 rebounds, 10 assists, and a couple of steals on that game.
6. Vince Carter – 63 minutes
Vince Carter is an example of longevity and a living proof that if you take care of your body, it will never let you down. Back in 2001, he didn’t miss a single minute of a triple-overtime game between the Raptors and the Kings.
While the Kings wind up getting the victory, it was Air Canada the one to put on a show, scoring 38 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, and just 2 turnovers while avoiding that 6th personal foul.
5. Sleepy Floyd – 64 minutes
Sleepy Floyd is a Golden State Warriors legend not just because of his scoring ability, but also because of the fact that he seemed tireless as he could go on and on for hours as he showed back in 1987.
Floyd played 64 minutes for the Warriors on a 4th overtime thriller against the New Jersey Nets. He scored 29 points, 3 rebounds, 13 assists, and 2 steals and led the Warriors to a 150-147 triumph.
4. Norm Nixon – 64 minutes
Nobody seems to talk about Norm Nixon nowadays, but he was always a workhorse during his time in the league, especially during his early years running the point for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Nixon played all 82 games and logged over 39 minutes a night during the 1979-80 season and he played 64 minutes on a 4 overtime game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, which his team eventually lost.
3. Nikola Jokic – 65 minutes
Nikola Jokic made his way into the top 3 for minutes played in a single game thanks to his great performance on the quadruple-overtime thriller between the Denver Nuggets and the Portland Trail Blazers in the playoffs.
Jokic logged 33 points, 14 assists, 18 rebounds, 4 triples, 1 steal, and 2 blocks for his Nuggets, but the team was eventually torched lately by Rodney Hood and the Blazers escaped with a 140-137 victory.
2. Xavier McDaniel – 68 minutes
Xavier McDaniel was an example of durability and one of the league’s top scorers back in the day, so there was no way in hell the Seattle Supersonics were going to be able to get by without him on the court.
That’s why he logged 68 minutes on the very same game Jay Humphries was on the court for 62 minutes. He scored 37 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal and a couple of blocks, but his team lost anyway.
1. Dale Ellis – 69 minutes
And, obviously, Dale Ellis gets the nod for the most minutes ever played in a single game, as he logged 69 full minutes on that mythical 5 overtime matchup between the Sonics and the Bucks back in 1989.
Ellis was a monster throughout the entire game. He scored a career-best 53 points (20 of them in overtime) to go along with 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 block but turned the ball over 8 times.