List of National Basketball Association players with most assists in a game

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This is a complete listing of National Basketball Association players who have recorded 23 or more assists in a game.

22 different players have recorded 23 or more assists in a game. It has occurred 39 times in the regular season and five times in the playoffs.

John Stockton has performed the feat the most times (10), followed by Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Kevin Porter (6).

^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Occurred in playoff competition
Player's team lost the game
Min Minutes played Pts Points Reb Rebounds
Stl Steals Blk Blocks Tov Turnovers
Team FG% Rest of team's field goal percentage (subtracting player's own shooting)
Assists Player Team Score Opponent Date Min Pts Reb Stl Blk Tov Team FG% Led the league in assists Notes
30 Skiles, ScottScott Skiles Orlando Magic 155–116 Denver Nuggets December 30, 1990 44 22 6 2 0 4 .574 (54–94) No [a]
29 Porter, KevinKevin Porter New Jersey Nets 126–112 Houston Rockets February 24, 1978 48 14 5 .557 (44–79) Yes [b]
28 Cousy, BobBob Cousy* Boston Celtics 173–139 Minneapolis Lakers February 27, 1959 45 31 5 .496 (62–125) Yes [c]
28 Rodgers, GuyGuy Rodgers* San Francisco Warriors 109–114 St. Louis Hawks March 14, 1963 48 14 5 .588 (40–68) Yes [d]
28 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* Utah Jazz 124–102 San Antonio Spurs January 15, 1991 39 20 3 8 0 5 .543 (44–81) Yes [e]
27 Huston, GeoffGeoff Huston Cleveland Cavaliers 110–106 Golden State Warriors January 27, 1982 46 24 1 No
27 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (2) Utah Jazz 107–115 New York Knicks December 19, 1989 36 18 3 2 0 2 .582 (39–67) Yes [f]
26 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (3) Utah Jazz 123–128 Portland Trail Blazers April 14, 1988 45 17 3 2 0 2 .566 (47–83) Yes
25 DiGregorio, ErnieErnie DiGregorio Buffalo Braves 120–119 Portland Trail Blazers January 1, 1974 48 20 9 Yes [g]
25 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (2) Detroit Pistons 160–119 Boston Celtics March 9, 1979 37 30 3 Yes
25 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (3) Detroit Pistons 105–116 Phoenix Suns April 1, 1979 46 13 3 Yes
25 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* Detroit Pistons 124–119 Dallas Mavericks February 13, 1985 41 23 5 2 0 5 .533 (48–90) Yes [h]
25 McMillan, NateNate McMillan Seattle SuperSonics 124–112 Los Angeles Clippers February 23, 1987 41 8 8 1 4 3 .449 (44–98) No [i]
25 Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson Phoenix Suns 107–95 San Antonio Spurs April 6, 1994 41 16 3 0 0 4 .535 (38–71) No
25 Kidd, JasonJason Kidd Dallas Mavericks 136–133 Utah Jazz February 8, 1996 49 20 4 4 0 5 .591 (39–66) No [j]
24 Rodgers, GuyGuy Rodgers* (2) Chicago Bulls 110–107 New York Knicks December 21, 1966 18 Yes
24 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (4) Washington Bullets 119–114 Detroit Pistons March 23, 1980 44 12 1 .562 (50–89) No
24 Lucas, JohnJohn Lucas San Antonio Spurs 157–154 Denver Nuggets April 15, 1984 28 0 0 2 0 2 .641 (66–103) No [k]
24 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* Los Angeles Lakers 118–102 Phoenix Suns May 15, 1984 38 6 7 5 2 4 .586 (51–87) [l]
24 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* (2) Detroit Pistons 126–128 Washington Bullets February 7, 1985 50 25 10 2 1 2 .495 (48–97) Yes [m]
24 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (4) Utah Jazz 109–111 Los Angeles Lakers May 17, 1988 48 23 3 5 0 3 .515 (34–66) [n]
24 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (5) Utah Jazz 102–104 Houston Rockets January 3, 1989 45 26 1 6 0 1 .508 (31–61) Yes [o]
24 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (2) Los Angeles Lakers 119–105 Denver Nuggets November 17, 1989 40 24 8 6 1 3 .533 (40–75) No [p]
24 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (3) Los Angeles Lakers 118–121 Phoenix Suns January 9, 1990 45 24 6 2 2 4 .452 (38–84) No [q]
24 Sessions, RamonRamon Sessions^ Milwaukee Bucks 135–151 Chicago Bulls April 14, 2008 44:27 20 8 1 1 2 .573 (43–75) No [r]
24 Rondo, RajonRajon Rondo^ Boston Celtics 105–101 New York Knicks October 29, 2010 45:20 10 10 1 0 7 .506 (40–79) No [s]
23 West, JerryJerry West* Los Angeles Lakers 143–133 Philadelphia 76ers February 1, 1967 24 6 .567 (51–90) No [t]
23 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (5) Detroit Pistons 131–119 Houston Rockets December 27, 1978 41 20 3 Yes
23 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (6) Detroit Pistons 113–124 Los Angeles Lakers March 30, 1979 43 15 3 Yes
23 Archibald, Nate "Tiny"Nate "Tiny" Archibald* Boston Celtics 145–144 Denver Nuggets February 5, 1982 38 15 4 No [u]
23 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (4) Los Angeles Lakers 128–112 Seattle SuperSonics February 21, 1984 36 9 5 2 0 3 .628 (54–86) Yes [v]
23 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (5) Los Angeles Lakers 130–126 Portland Trail Blazers May 3, 1985 41 13 7 1 0 6 .566 (43–76) [w]
23 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (6) Los Angeles Lakers 114–107 Dallas Mavericks April 20, 1988 42 8 10 0 1 8 .632 (43–68) No [x]
23 Lever, Lafayette "Fat"Lafayette "Fat" Lever Denver Nuggets 139–121 Golden State Warriors April 21, 1989 42 15 13 5 0 1 .579 (55–95) No [y]
23 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (6) Utah Jazz 107–104 Los Angeles Lakers April 12, 1990 44 15 4 3 0 3 .521 (37–71) Yes [z]
23 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (7) Utah Jazz 105–95 Los Angeles Clippers December 8, 1990 41 27 3 4 0 1 .492 (31–63) Yes [aa]
23 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (8) Utah Jazz 135–108 Golden State Warriors November 29, 1991 36 21 2 2 1 4 .608 (48–79) Yes
23 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (9) Utah Jazz 120–106 Minnesota Timberwolves April 17, 1992 36 9 2 5 0 4 .569 (41–72) Yes
23 Blaylock, Daron "Mookie"Daron "Mookie" Blaylock Atlanta Hawks 139–118 Utah Jazz March 6, 1993 37 11 0 4 0 2 .545 (48–88) No
23 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (10) Utah Jazz 110–102 Portland Trail Blazers April 25, 1996 41 11 2 0 0 1 .581 (36–62) [ab]
23 Van Exel, NickNick Van Exel Los Angeles Lakers 95–82 Vancouver Grizzlies January 5, 1997 44 8 8 1 0 2 .500 (34–68) No [ac]
23 Tinsley, JamaalJamaal Tinsley Indiana Pacers 110–103 Washington Wizards November 22, 2001 45 19 11 1 1 5 .541 (40–74) No [ad]
23 Nash, SteveSteve Nash^ Phoenix Suns 113–100 Los Angeles Lakers April 29, 2007 39:05 17 1 2 1 3 .493 (35–71) [ae]
23 Rondo, RajonRajon Rondo^ (2) Boston Celtics 105–103 San Antonio Spurs January 5, 2011 43:30 12 10 6 1 5 .615 (40–65) No [af]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Scott Skiles had 14 assists in the first half, 10 assists in the third quarter, and 6 assists in the fourth quarter. Skiles passed for more than twice as many assists as the opposing team, 30–14.
  2. ^ Kevin Porter passed for more assists than the opposing team, 29–18.
  3. ^ Bob Cousy passed for 19 assists in a half, setting the NBA record, and 12 assists in a quarter, the NBA record at the time. Cousy passed for more assists than the opposing team, 28–15.
  4. ^ Guy Rodgers had 16 assists in one half. For the game, he had more assists than the opposing team, 28–24.
  5. ^ John Stockton had 15 assists in the second half. For the game, he had more assists than the opposing team, 28–27.
  6. ^ Stockton passed for more assists than the opposing team, 27–25.
  7. ^ Ernie DiGregorio established the rookie single-game record.
  8. ^ Isiah Thomas passed for 16 assists in the first half.
  9. ^ Nate McMillan tied Ernie DiGregorio's rookie single-game record. McMillan had 17 assists in the second half. For the game, he passed for more assists than the opposing team, 25–24.
  10. ^ The game went to double overtime. Kidd had more assists than the opposing team, 25–23.
  11. ^ John Lucas did not start in the game. He also did not score in the game. He passed for 14 assists in the second quarter, setting the NBA record. The Spurs had 50 assists as a team. This was also the last game of the regular season.
  12. ^ Magic Johnson had 13 assists in the second half, setting a playoff record at the time.
  13. ^ Isiah Thomas registered a triple-double. The game went to double overtime.
  14. ^ John Stockton had 14 assists in the first half.
  15. ^ Stockton passed for more assists than the opposing team, 24–22.
  16. ^ Magic Johnson passed for more assists than the opposing team, 24–15.
  17. ^ Magic Johnson had 16 assists in the first half. The game went to overtime.
  18. ^ Ramon Sessions was a rookie. His 24 assists were one shy of the rookie record.
  19. ^ Rajon Rondo registered a triple-double and tied the opposing team in assists total.
  20. ^ Jerry West's teammate Elgin Baylor scored 44 points in the same game.
  21. ^ The Celtics scored 50 points in the first quarter and 85 points in the first half.
  22. ^ Magic Johnson had 12 assists in the first quarter, tying the NBA record at the time. He also had 18 assists in the first half.
  23. ^ Magic Johnson had 15 assists in the first half, setting the playoff record.
  24. ^ Magic Johnson tied the opposing team in assists, 23–23.
  25. ^ Fat Lever registered a triple-double.
  26. ^ The game marked the second time that Karl Malone scored 40 or more points and Stockton had 20 or more assists in the same game. Stockton had more assists than the opposing team, 23–20.
  27. ^ Stockton had more assists than the opposing team, 23–22.
  28. ^ Stockton had 14 assists in the second half. For the game, he had more assists than the opposing team, 23–20.
  29. ^ Nick Van Exel had more assists than the opposing team, 23–21.
  30. ^ Jamaal Tinsley had a triple-double. He was also a rookie.
  31. ^ Steve Nash passed for 15 assists in the first half, tying the playoff record. For the game, he had more assists than the opposing team, 23–21.
  32. ^ Rajon Rondo had a triple-double. Rondo had 21 assists after three quarters. For the game, he had more assists than the opposing team, 23–20.

References[edit]

  • Sporting News, The (2005). 2005-06 Official NBA Guide.