List of National Basketball Association players with 50 or more points in a playoff game

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This is a complete listing of National Basketball Association players who have scored 50 or more points in a playoff game. It has occurred 33 times in playoff history by 20 different players.

^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Player's team lost the game
MP Minutes played FGM Field goals made FGA Field goal attempts
FG% Field goal percentage 3PM 3-point field goals made 3PA 3-point field goal attempts
3P% 3-point field goal percentage FTM Free throws made FTA Free throw attempts
FT% Free throw percentage
Points Player Team Date Opponent Series Score 1st 2nd 3rd 4th MP FGM FGA 3PM 3PA FTM FTA Notes Ref.
Scoring by quarter
63 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* Chicago Bulls April 20, 1986 Boston Celtics 1986 Eastern Conference First Round 131–135 17 6 13 18 53 22 41 0 0 19 21 Double overtime. Jordan scored 5 points in the first overtime and 4 in the second overtime.
61 Baylor, ElginElgin Baylor* Los Angeles Lakers April 14, 1962 Boston Celtics 1962 NBA Finals 126–121 18 15 13 15 48 22 46 17 19 NBA Finals single-game record. Most points in a playoff regulation game. 25 field goal attempts in the first half, tying the record.
56 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia Warriors March 22, 1962 Syracuse Nationals 1962 Eastern Division Semifinals 121–104 48 22 48 12 22 Set playoff records for field goal attempts in a game and in a half (25).
56 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (2) Chicago Bulls April 29, 1992 Miami Heat 1992 Eastern Conference First Round 119–114 2 17 19 18 43 20 30 0 0 16 18 Miami took an 18 point lead before Jordan scored his first points. Jordan scored 54 points in the final three quarters.
56 Barkley, CharlesCharles Barkley* Phoenix Suns May 4, 1994 Golden State Warriors 1994 Western Conference First Round 140–133 27 11 41 23 31 3 4 7 9 Barkley's first quarter line: 11–11 fg, 3–3 3pt, 2–2 ft. 15 field goals made in the first half. Barkley scored his team's first 12 points.
55 Barry, RickRick Barry* San Francisco Warriors April 18, 1967 Philadelphia 76ers 1967 NBA Finals 130–124 22 48 11 19 Set playoff single-game record for field goal attempts. 24 field goal attempts in each half.
55 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (3) Chicago Bulls May 1, 1988 Cleveland Cavaliers 1988 Eastern Conference First Round 106–101 12 16 15 12 44 24 45 0 0 7 7 Tied playoff single-game record for field goals made. 25 field goal attempts in the first half, tying the playoff record. 14 field goals made in the first half.
55 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (4) Chicago Bulls June 16, 1993 Phoenix Suns 1993 NBA Finals 111–105 11 22 10 12 46 21 37 0 1 13 18 14 field goals made in the first half, tying the NBA Finals record.
55 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (5) Chicago Bulls April 27, 1997 Washington Bullets 1997 Eastern Conference First Round 109–104 44:13 22 35 1 2 10 10
55 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers April 20, 2003 New Orleans Hornets 2003 Eastern Conference First Round 98–90 46:40 21 32 3 5 10 11
54 Havlicek, JohnJohn Havlicek* Boston Celtics April 1, 1973 Atlanta Hawks 1973 Eastern Conference Semifinals 134–109 48 24 36 6 6 Tied playoff single-game record for field goals made. 14 field goals made in the first half.
54 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (6) Chicago Bulls May 31, 1993 New York Knicks 1993 Eastern Conference Finals 105–95 17 10 18 9 39 18 30 6 9 12 14
54 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson (2) Philadelphia 76ers May 9, 2001 Toronto Raptors 2001 Eastern Conference Semifinals 97–92 47:46 21 39 3 5 9 9
53 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* (2) Philadelphia Warriors March 14, 1960 Syracuse Nationals 1960 Eastern Division Semifinals 132–112 47 24 42 5 16 Set playoff single-game record for field goals made.
53 West, JerryJerry West* Los Angeles Lakers April 23, 1969 Boston Celtics 1969 NBA Finals 120–118 21 41 11 13 West made two free throws with four seconds remaining in the game to secure the win.
52 West, JerryJerry West* (2) Los Angeles Lakers April 5, 1965 Baltimore Bullets 1965 Western Division Finals 118–115 16 38 20 21 32 points in the second half. Missed his first free throw in the game, then made 20 in a row. West scored four points in the game's final 23 seconds to secure a come-from-behind win. 14 free throws made in a half, a playoff record at the time.
52 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson (3) Philadelphia 76ers May 16, 2001 Toronto Raptors 2001 Eastern Conference Semifinals 121–88 43:29 21 32 8 14 2 2
51 Jones, SamSam Jones* Boston Celtics March 28, 1967 New York Knicks 1967 Eastern Division Semifinals 118–109 43 19 30 13 17
51 Floyd, Eric "Sleepy"Eric "Sleepy" Floyd Golden State Warriors May 10, 1987 Los Angeles Lakers 1987 Western Conference Semifinals 129–121 10 29 44 18 26 2 3 13 14 39 points in the second half, and 29 points in the fourth quarter, both playoff records. Also set a playoff record with 12 field goals made (consecutively) in the fourth quarter. 15 field goals made in the second half.
51 Allen, RayRay Allen^ Boston Celtics April 30, 2009 Chicago Bulls 2009 Eastern Conference First Round 127–128 58:45 18 32 9 18 6 7 Triple overtime. Tied playoff single-game record for three-point field goals made. Set playoff single-game record for three-point field goal attempts.
50 Cousy, BobBob Cousy* Boston Celtics March 21, 1953 Syracuse Nationals 1953 Eastern Division Semifinals 111–105 66 10 22 30 32 Quadruple overtime. Set playoff single-game record for free throws made. Free throw attempts were also a playoff record at the time.
50 Pettit, BobBob Pettit* St. Louis Hawks April 12, 1958 Boston Celtics 1958 NBA Finals 110–109 19 19 34 12 15 Scored 11 straight points in the fourth quarter.
50 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* (3) Philadelphia Warriors March 22, 1960 Boston Celtics 1960 Eastern Division Finals 128–107 45 22 42 6 18
50 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* (4) San Francisco Warriors April 10, 1964 St. Louis Hawks 1964 Western Division Finals 121–97 22 32 6 10
50 Cunningham, BillyBilly Cunningham* Philadelphia 76ers April 1, 1970 Milwaukee Bucks 1970 Eastern Division Semifinals 111–118 48 22 39 6 8
50 McAdoo, BobBob McAdoo* Buffalo Braves April 18, 1975 Washington Bullets 1975 Eastern Conference Semifinals 108–102 15 15 45 20 32 10 14
50 Wilkins, DominiqueDominique Wilkins* Atlanta Hawks April 19, 1986 Detroit Pistons 1986 Eastern Conference First Round 137–125 33 19 28 0 0 12 15
50 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (7) Chicago Bulls April 28, 1988 Cleveland Cavaliers 1988 Eastern Conference First Round 104–93 9 20 44 19 35 0 0 12 12 13 field goals made in the first half. The first of back-to-back games of 50+ points; Jordan is the only player in history to record consecutive 50 point games in the playoffs.
50 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (8) Chicago Bulls May 5, 1989 Cleveland Cavaliers 1989 Eastern Conference First Round 105–108 19 10 43 14 28 0 1 22 27 Overtime. 19 points in the first half, 29 points in the second half, 2 points in overtime. 16 free throw attempts in the first half, a playoff record at the time.
50 Malone, KarlKarl Malone* Utah Jazz April 22, 2000 Seattle SuperSonics 2000 Western Conference First Round 104–93 43:16 18 32 1 1 13 14 Oldest player (36 years, 273 days) to score 50 points in a playoff game.
50 Carter, VinceVince Carter^ Toronto Raptors May 11, 2001 Philadelphia 76ers 2001 Eastern Conference Semifinals 102–78 15 19 44:44 19 29 9 13 3 3 Tied playoff single-game record for three-point field goals made. Set a playoff record with eight three-pointers in the first half.
50 Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant^ Los Angeles Lakers May 4, 2006 Phoenix Suns 2006 Western Conference First Round 118–126 52:06 20 35 5 8 5 6 Scored 12 out of the Lakers' 13 in overtime. 38 before OT.
50 Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki^ Dallas Mavericks June 1, 2006 Phoenix Suns 2006 Western Conference Finals 117–101 43:29 14 26 5 6 17 18

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