Who is the greatest scorer of all time? That debate can bring up a plethora of names, but one of the players from back in the day has to be Wilt Chamberlain. The man in the middle racked up points effortlessly. He was truly a man amongst boys, which is why his NBA record for points scored in a single game has not been broken since 1962.
While all 30 teams were not around when Chamberlain played, he did some serious damage to the teams that were available. When looking back, Chamberlain is at the top of many leaderboards for points scored against their franchise. We may not see another player like this in our time, so we can appreciate it for the time being.
Here is Wilt Chamberlain’s career-high in points against every NBA team.
Atlanta Hawks - 67 Points
Date: February 17, 1962
Stats: 67 Points, 28 Rebounds, 2 Assists
To this day, Chamberlain owns the record for the most points scored against the Hawks franchise. The Hawks were based in St. Louis at the time. Chamberlain made 26 of his 44 field goals and had a solid day at the free-throw line. He made 15 of his 20 attempts. Despite the massive scoring night, the Philadelphia Warriors were defeated 128-121.
Boston Celtics - 62 Points
Date: January 14, 1962
Stats: 62 Points, 28 Rebounds, 2 Assists
Chamberlain played a hefty 48 minutes and made 27 of his 56 attempts. That included making 8 of 11 at the free-throw line as well. At the time, Chamberlain was just two points from securing the record for most points scored against the Celtics, which is owned by Elgin Baylor in 1959. For now, Devin Booker owns the record when he scored 70 points in 2017.
Brooklyn Nets - None
The Nets were not a part of the NBA when Chamberlain played. The Nets joined the NBA in 1976. Until then, the team played in the ABA.
Charlotte Hornets - None
The Hornets were not a part of the NBA when Chamberlain played. The Hornets joined the NBA in 1988.
Chicago Bulls - 68 Points
Date: December 16, 1967
Stats: 68 Points, 34 Rebounds, 2 Assists
Chamberlain owns the record for most points scored against the Bulls by an eye-popping margin. Chamberlain had a game that only video game players ever have. He nearly had a 70/35 point-rebound game, coming up just short. However, Chamberlain shot 75% from the field by making 30 of his 40 attempts. The crazy stat is that he could have had more points. He made only 8 of 22 at the free-throw line.
Cleveland Cavaliers - 24 Points
Date: October 25, 1970
Stats: 24 Points, 25 Rebounds, 3 Assists
The Cavaliers became a franchise in 1970, which was right around the time that Chamberlain began to change up his game. Chamberlain was a member of the Lakers, but he was no longer a pure scorer and rebounder. He was an all-around player that scored less frequently but could also pass. His best game against the Cavaliers was in 1970. He scored over 20 points against the Cavaliers just two times.
Dallas Mavericks - None
Chamberlain never played against the Mavericks. The team joined the NBA in 1980, which was about seven years after he retired.
Denver Nuggets - None
The Nuggets were playing like a franchise but were a member of the ABA when Chamberlain played. The Denver Rockets played from 1967 to 1974. The team switched to the name Nuggets and then joined the NBA in 1976.
Detroit Pistons - 59 Points
Date: February 11, 1964
Stats: 59 Points, 18 Rebounds, 4 Assists
Chamberlain tied his record against the Pistons four times, having scored 58 points as many times. Then, in 1964, he finally defeated himself by scoring 59 points one time. Chamberlain made 25 of his 50 field goal attempts but made only 9 of 21 at the free-throw line. Today, Chamberlain is tied with Michael Jordan and Anthony Davis for the third-most points scored against the Pistons. David Thompson owns the record with 73 points.
Golden State Warriors - 62 Points
Date: March 3, 1966
Stats: 62 Points, 37 Rebounds, 3 Assists
Chamberlain was so close to owning the record for most points scored against the Warriors, a team he eventually joined. As a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, Chamberlain made 36 of his 39 attempts, and he made 10 of 19 free throws. Had he made two more free throws, or one more shot, he could have topped Elgin Baylor’s record of 63 points, set in 1961.
Houston Rockets - 36 Points
Date: December 5, 1970
Stats: 36 Points, 14 Rebounds, 2 Assists
The Rockets were an early franchise when Chamberlain scored his 36 points. The team was based in San Diego at the time. Chamberlain played 48 minutes and made 15 of his 27 attempts, including 6 of 11 at the free-throw line. Chamberlain topped 30 points against the Rockets six times in his career.
Indiana Pacers - None
From 1967 to 1976, the Pacers were a member of the ABA, which means that Chamberlain never played against the team. The Pacers joined the NBA in 1976 and Chamberlain was retired by this time.
Los Angeles Clippers - 31 Points
Date: December 21, 1971
Stats: 31 Points, 22 Rebounds, 2 Assists
This was a highly efficient night for Chamberlain. He made 12 of his 15 field goals and made 7 of 12 at the free-throw line. He recorded 22 rebounds with his 31 points as well. Chamberlain was a member of the Lakers at this time, but this was not a true rivalry game because the team was based in Buffalo as the Buffalo Braves.
Los Angeles Lakers - 78 Points
Date: December 8, 1961
Stats: 78 Points, 43 Rebounds, 1 Assist
When Chamberlain played the Lakers, he always rose to the challenge. Chamberlain owns five of the top highest scoring marks against the Lakers, including eight of the top 10. For this game, Chamberlain made 31 of his 62 attempts and 16 of his 31 free throws. He recorded a rare 70 and 40 game that is considered a myth in today’s NBA.
Memphis Grizzlies - None
Chamberlain never played against the Grizzlies. The team joined the NBA in 1995. The team was about four years old when Chamberlain passed away in 1999.
Miami Heat - None
Chamberlain never played against the Heat. The team joined the NBA in 1988. Chamberlain enjoying the middle of his retirement at this time.
Milwaukee Bucks - 29 Points
Date: February 16, 1969
Stats: 29 Points, 22 Rebounds, 4 Assists
The Bucks joined the NBA in 1968, so Chamberlain played against the team in the latter stages of his career. Chamberlain never surpassed 30 points against the Bucks but does own five games where he accumulated at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. In this game, he shot 11 of 21 from the field and 7 of 15 from the free-throw line.
Minnesota Timberwolves - None
Chamberlain never played against the Timberwolves. The team joined the NBA in 1989. Of all the teams that Chamberlain never played against, you would have to think that Chamberlain would have finished with a high amount of points.
New Orleans Pelicans - None
Chamberlain never played against the Pelicans. The team joined the NBA in 2002. Chamberlain was gone from the world for three years by the time this team joined the league.
New York Knicks - 100 Points
Date: March 2, 1962
Stats: 100 Points, 25 Rebounds, 2 Assists
How could anyone forget this game? Chamberlain’s 100-point game remains an NBA record for points scored. Chamberlain made 36 of his 63 attempts and it was one of his best free-throw shooting nights. Chamberlain made 28 of 32 at the line. Chamberlain also owns the second-most points against the Knicks with 73, but it’s his 100-point game that remains a historical moment in NBA history.
Oklahoma City Thunder - 53 Points
Date: December 20, 1967
Stats: 53 Points, 38 Rebounds, 6 Assists
Chamberlain does not own the record for the most points scored against the franchise. The SuperSonics entered the league in 1967, which was Chamberlain's prime scoring year. Chamberlain’s 53 points are third-best with LaMarcus Aldridge (56 points) and Tom Chambers (60 points) ahead of him. Chamberlain had a very efficient night as he converted 20 of his 23 attempts, but made only 13 of 26 free throw attempts.
Orlando Magic - None
Chamberlain never played against the Magic. The Magic entered the NBA in 1989. When the team was younger, the team had a prime Shaquille O’Neal. A Chamberlain and O’Neal matchup is something all NBA fans wished they got to see.
Philadelphia 76ers - 70 Points
Date: March 10, 1963
Stats: 70 Points, 18 Rebounds, 3 Assists
The split from Philadelphia was not a happy one. When Chamberlain played his former team, he rose to the challenge. Chamberlain owns the record for most points scored against the franchise as the only player to score 70 points. He also owns the first, second, third, and fourth slots as well. In this game, Chamberlain made 27 of his 38 attempts and 16 of 22 at the free-throw line.
Phoenix Suns - 66 Points
Date: February 9, 1969
Stats: 66 Points, 27 Rebounds, 4 Assists
For Chamberlain’s later part of his career, he still managed to show a vintage version of himself against the Suns in 1969. His 66 points remain a record, as he remains the only player in NBA history to have ever scored 60 or more points against the franchise. Chamberlain was extremely efficient by making 29 of his 35 attempts as well.
Portland Trail Blazers - 33 Points
Date: January 31, 1971
Stats: 33 Points, 27 Rebounds, 6 Assists
Chamberlain topped 30 or more points two times. Both times came within the same season in 1970-71. Chamberlain saw his best game where he made 11 of 22 shots and 11 of 18 at the free-throw line. What’s impressive is that Chamberlain nearly secured a 30-30 game at his age with the wear and tear from his career.
Sacramento Kings - 65 Points
Date: February 13, 1962
Stats: 65 Points, 22 Rebounds, 4 Assists
The Kings were based in Cincinnati at the time. To this day, Chamberlain owns the record for most points scored against the franchise. Most impressively, Chamberlain owns eight of the top 10 spots. Chamberlain scored at least 60 points or more against this franchise five times. In this game, he made 24 of his 40 shots and 17 of his 30 attempts at the free-throw line.
San Antonio Spurs - None
Chamberlain has never played against the Spurs. The Spurs joined the ABA as the Dallas Chaparrals in 1967. The team played in the ABA with the name, as well as the Texas Chaparrals for one season, up to 1973. Then, the team changed its name to the Spurs, and the team played in the ABA up to 1976.
Toronto Raptors - None
Chamberlain never played against the Raptors. The team joined the NBA in 1995. Chamberlain passed away in 1999, so the two sides would have never been given the chance to show off their talents.
Utah Jazz - None
Chamberlain never played against the Jazz. The team joined the NBA in 1974 as the New Orleans Jazz. The team became the Utah Jazz in 1979. After Chamberlain retired, the team joined the league.
Washington Wizards - 73 Points
Date: January 13, 1962
Stats: 73 Points, 36 Rebounds, 0 Assists
Chamberlain owns the record for the most points scored against the Wizards, but the team was not based in Washington. The Chicago Packers were decimated by Chamberlain, who scored 29 of his 48 attempts while making 15 of 25 attempts at the free-throw line. Chamberlain remains the only player to ever score at least 70 points against the franchise.