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 20 or more assists in a game.

59 different players have recorded 20 or more assists in a game. It has occurred 208 times in the regular season and 19 times in the playoffs.

Seven players have accomplished the feat in a playoff game: Earvin "Magic" Johnson (10 times), John Stockton (4 times), Johnny Moore, Glenn "Doc" Rivers, Tim Hardaway, Steve Nash, and Rajon Rondo.

Three players have performed the feat ten or more times overall: John Stockton (38 times), Magic Johnson (32), and Kevin Porter (18).

^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Occurred in playoff competition
MP 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 Date Opponent Score MP Pts Reb Stl Blk Tov Team FG% 20-20 Led the league in assists Notes Ref.
30 Skiles, ScottScott Skiles Orlando Magic December 30, 1990 Denver Nuggets 155–116 44 22 6 2 0 4 .574 (54–94) Yes No 14 assists in first half, 10 assists in third quarter, 6 assists in fourth quarter. Skiles passed for more than twice as many assists as the opposing team, 30–14.
29 Porter, KevinKevin Porter New Jersey Nets February 24, 1978 Houston Rockets 126–112 48 14 5 .557 (44–79) No Yes Porter passed for more assists than the opposing team, 29–18.
28 Cousy, BobBob Cousy* Boston Celtics February 27, 1959 Minneapolis Lakers 173–139 45 31 5 .496 (62–125) Yes Yes 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.
28 Rodgers, GuyGuy Rodgers* San Francisco Warriors March 14, 1963 St. Louis Hawks 109–114 48 14 5 .588 (40–68) No Yes 16 assists in one half. More assists than the opposing team, 28–24.
28 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* Utah Jazz January 15, 1991 San Antonio Spurs 124–102 39 20 3 8 0 5 .543 (44–81) Yes Yes 15 assists in the second half. More assists than the opposing team, 28–27.
27 Huston, GeoffGeoff Huston Cleveland Cavaliers January 27, 1982 Golden State Warriors 110–106 46 24 1 Yes No
27 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (2) Utah Jazz December 19, 1989 New York Knicks 107–115 36 18 3 2 0 2 .582 (39–67) No Yes More assists than the opposing team, 27–25.
26 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (3) Utah Jazz April 14, 1988 Portland Trail Blazers 123–128 45 17 3 2 0 2 .566 (47–83) No Yes
25 DiGregorio, ErnieErnie DiGregorio Buffalo Braves January 1, 1974 Portland Trail Blazers 120–119 48 20 9 Yes Yes Rookie single-game record.
25 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (2) Detroit Pistons March 9, 1979 Boston Celtics 160–119 37 30 3 Yes Yes
25 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (3) Detroit Pistons April 1, 1979 Phoenix Suns 105–116 46 13 3 No Yes
25 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* Detroit Pistons February 13, 1985 Dallas Mavericks 124–119 41 23 5 2 0 5 .533 (48–90) Yes Yes 16 assists in the first half.
25 McMillan, NateNate McMillan Seattle SuperSonics February 23, 1987 Los Angeles Clippers 124–112 41 8 8 1 4 3 .449 (44–98) No No Rookie single-game record. 17 assists in the second half. More assists than the opposing team, 25–24.
25 Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson Phoenix Suns April 6, 1994 San Antonio Spurs 107–95 41 16 3 0 0 4 .535 (38–71) No No
25 Kidd, JasonJason Kidd Dallas Mavericks February 8, 1996 Utah Jazz 136–133 49 20 4 4 0 5 .591 (39–66) Yes No Double overtime. More assists than the opposing team, 25–23.
24 Rodgers, GuyGuy Rodgers* (2) Chicago Bulls December 21, 1966 New York Knicks 110–107 18 No Yes
24 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (4) Washington Bullets March 23, 1980 Detroit Pistons 119–114 44 12 1 .562 (50–89) No No
24 Lucas, JohnJohn Lucas San Antonio Spurs April 15, 1984 Denver Nuggets 157–154 28 0 0 2 0 2 .641 (66–103) No No Did not start game. 14 assists in the second quarter, setting the NBA record. The Spurs had 50 assists. Last game of season.
24 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* Los Angeles Lakers May 15, 1984 Phoenix Suns 118–102 38 6 7 5 2 4 .586 (51–87) No 13 assists in the second half, setting a playoff record at the time.
24 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* (2) Detroit Pistons February 7, 1985 Washington Bullets 126–128 50 25 10 2 1 2 .495 (48–97) Yes Yes Triple-double. Double overtime.
24 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (4) Utah Jazz May 17, 1988 Los Angeles Lakers 109–111 48 23 3 5 0 3 .515 (34–66) Yes 14 assists in the first half.
24 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (5) Utah Jazz January 3, 1989 Houston Rockets 102–104 45 26 1 6 0 1 .508 (31–61) Yes Yes More assists than the opposing team, 24–22.
24 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (2) Los Angeles Lakers November 17, 1989 Denver Nuggets 119–105 40 24 8 6 1 3 .533 (40–75) Yes No More assists than the opposing team, 24–15.
24 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (3) Los Angeles Lakers January 9, 1990 Phoenix Suns 118–121 45 24 6 2 2 4 .452 (38–84) Yes No Overtime. 16 assists in the first half.
24 Sessions, RamonRamon Sessions^ Milwaukee Bucks April 14, 2008 Chicago Bulls 135–151 44:27 20 8 1 1 2 .573 (43–75) Yes No Rookie.
24 Rondo, RajonRajon Rondo^ Boston Celtics October 29, 2010 New York Knicks 105–101 45:20 10 10 1 0 7 .506 (40–79) No No Triple-double. Tied the opposing team in assists.
23 West, JerryJerry West* Los Angeles Lakers February 1, 1967 Philadelphia 76ers 143–133 24 6 .567 (51–90) Yes No Elgin Baylor scored 44 points in the same game.
23 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (5) Detroit Pistons December 27, 1978 Houston Rockets 131–119 41 20 3 Yes Yes
23 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (6) Detroit Pistons March 30, 1979 Los Angeles Lakers 113–124 43 15 3 No Yes
23 Archibald, Nate "Tiny"Nate "Tiny" Archibald* Boston Celtics February 5, 1982 Denver Nuggets 145–144 38 15 4 No No The Celtics scored 50 points in the first quarter and 85 in the first half.
23 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (4) Los Angeles Lakers February 21, 1984 Seattle SuperSonics 128–112 36 9 5 2 0 3 .628 (54–86) No Yes 12 assists in the first quarter, tying the NBA record at the time. 18 assists in the first half.
23 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (5) Los Angeles Lakers May 3, 1985 Portland Trail Blazers 130–126 41 13 7 1 0 6 .566 (43–76) No 15 assists in the first half, setting the playoff record.
23 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (6) Los Angeles Lakers April 20, 1988 Dallas Mavericks 114–107 42 8 10 0 1 8 .632 (43–68) No No Tied the opposing team in assists, 23–23.
23 Lever, Lafayette "Fat"Lafayette "Fat" Lever Denver Nuggets April 21, 1989 Golden State Warriors 139–121 42 15 13 5 0 1 .579 (55–95) No No Triple-double.
23 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (6) Utah Jazz April 12, 1990 Los Angeles Lakers 107–104 44 15 4 3 0 3 .521 (37–71) No Yes Second time that Karl Malone scored 40+ points and Stockton had 20+ assists. More assists than the opposing team, 23–20.
23 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (7) Utah Jazz December 8, 1990 Los Angeles Clippers 105–95 41 27 3 4 0 1 .492 (31–63) Yes Yes More assists than the opposing team, 23–22.
23 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (8) Utah Jazz November 29, 1991 Golden State Warriors 135–108 36 21 2 2 1 4 .608 (48–79) Yes Yes
23 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (9) Utah Jazz April 17, 1992 Minnesota Timberwolves 120–106 36 9 2 5 0 4 .569 (41–72) No Yes
23 Blaylock, Daron "Mookie"Daron "Mookie" Blaylock Atlanta Hawks March 6, 1993 Utah Jazz 139–118 37 11 0 4 0 2 .545 (48–88) No No
23 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (10) Utah Jazz April 25, 1996 Portland Trail Blazers 110–102 41 11 2 0 0 1 .581 (36–62) No 14 assists in the second half. More assists than the opposing team, 23–20.
23 Van Exel, NickNick Van Exel Los Angeles Lakers January 5, 1997 Vancouver Grizzlies 95–82 44 8 8 1 0 2 .500 (34–68) No No More assists than the opposing team, 23–21.
23 Tinsley, JamaalJamaal Tinsley Indiana Pacers November 22, 2001 Washington Wizards 110–103 45 19 11 1 1 5 .541 (40–74) No No Triple-double. Rookie.
23 Nash, SteveSteve Nash^ Phoenix Suns April 29, 2007 Los Angeles Lakers 113–100 39:05 17 1 2 1 3 .493 (35–71) No 15 assists in the first half, tying the playoff record. More assists than the opposing team, 23–21.
23 Rondo, RajonRajon Rondo^ (2) Boston Celtics January 5, 2011 San Antonio Spurs 105–103 43:30 12 10 6 1 5 .615 (40–65) No No Triple-double. More assists than the opposing team, 23–20. Rondo had 21 assists after three quarters.
22 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* Cincinnati Royals October 29, 1961 Syracuse Nationals 139–132 26 11 Yes Yes Triple-double. 8 assists in the first quarter.
22 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* (2) Cincinnati Royals March 5, 1966 New York Knicks 149–145 44 8 Yes Yes Overtime (Robertson scored seven points in OT).
22 Williams, ArtArt Williams San Diego Rockets December 28, 1968 Phoenix Suns 136–126 42 8 9 .490 (50–102) No No 11 assists in each half. First time that Elvin Hayes scored 40+ points and Williams had 20+ assists. Hayes had an unofficial triple-double of 40 points, 18 rebounds and 13 blocked shots (unofficially recorded).
22 Williams, ArtArt Williams (2) San Diego Rockets February 14, 1970 San Francisco Warriors 141–123 27 8 6 .489 (45–92) No No Second time that Elvin Hayes scored 40+ points and Williams had 20+ assists. Hayes had an unofficial triple-double of 41 points, 27 rebounds and 10 blocks (unofficially recorded).
22 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (7) Washington Bullets March 5, 1975 Atlanta Hawks 118–112 46 14 2 .495 (48–97) No Yes Washington's 22nd consecutive win at home.
22 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (8) Detroit Pistons December 23, 1978 San Antonio Spurs 126–130 45 10 1 No Yes
22 Ford, PhilPhil Ford Kansas City Kings February 21, 1979 Milwaukee Bucks 133–117 44 26 5 5 0 6 .537 (44–82) Yes No Rookie.
22 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (9) Detroit Pistons February 27, 1979 Chicago Bulls 117–124 44 32 5 Yes Yes
22 Lucas, JohnJohn Lucas (2) Golden State Warriors February 27, 1981 Denver Nuggets 130–137 36 13 5 No No
22 Leavell, AllenAllen Leavell Houston Rockets January 25, 1983 New Jersey Nets 114–111 41 24 7 1 0 5 .574 (39–68) Yes No Tied the opposing team in assists, 22–22.
22 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (7) Los Angeles Lakers November 17, 1983 Cleveland Cavaliers 127–114 37 23 9 3 1 2 .569 (41–72) Yes Yes 16 assists in the second half.
22 Whatley, EnnisEnnis Whatley Chicago Bulls January 14, 1984 New York Knicks 111–113 41 8 5 4 0 3 .476 (39–82) No No Rookie. Bernard King of the Knicks scored 42 points in the same game.
22 Whatley, EnnisEnnis Whatley (2) Chicago Bulls March 3, 1984 Atlanta Hawks 102–98 37 10 2 2 0 4 .585 (38–65) No No Rookie. More assists than the opposing team, 22–18.
22 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (11) Utah Jazz January 8, 1987 Los Angeles Lakers 107–101 43 11 5 1 0 2 .471 (41–87) No No
22 Rivers, Glenn "Doc"Glenn "Doc" Rivers Atlanta Hawks May 16, 1988 Boston Celtics 118–109 38 14 4 3 0 1 .512 (43–84) No 15 assists in the first half, tying the playoff record.
22 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (12) Utah Jazz December 11, 1989 Cleveland Cavaliers 110–113 44 14 2 4 0 4 .494 (40–81) No Yes Overtime.
22 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (8) Los Angeles Lakers November 6, 1990 Portland Trail Blazers 123–125 49 24 6 3 0 5 .534 (39–73) Yes No Overtime.
22 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (13) Utah Jazz December 18, 1992 Philadelphia 76ers 112–98 32 17 2 2 0 1 .532 (41–77) No Yes
22 Douglas, ShermanSherman Douglas Boston Celtics April 3, 1994 Philadelphia 76ers 135–112 46 27 8 3 0 4 .545 (48–88) Yes No
22 Hardaway, TimTim Hardaway Golden State Warriors December 16, 1994 Orlando Magic 128–131 45 15 1 5 0 4 .535 (46–86) No No Overtime.
22 Pack, RobertRobert Pack New Jersey Nets November 23, 1996 Dallas Mavericks 114–91 39 17 2 5 0 4 .453 (39–86) No No
22 Jackson, MarkMark Jackson Denver Nuggets January 20, 1997 New Jersey Nets 132–123 40 21 7 0 0 2 .551 (43–78) Yes Yes 12 assists in the first quarter.
22 McCloud, GeorgeGeorge McCloud Denver Nuggets March 26, 2001 Chicago Bulls 109–104 49 5 4 0 0 5 .520 (39–75) No No Overtime.
22 Miller, AndreAndre Miller^ Cleveland Cavaliers December 15, 2001 Philadelphia 76ers 91–94 44 14 4 9 0 4 .451 (32–71) No No
22 Nash, SteveSteve Nash^ (2) Phoenix Suns January 2, 2006 New York Knicks 133–140 55:28 28 5 1 0 4 .494 (43–87) Yes Yes Triple overtime.
22 Duhon, ChrisChris Duhon^ New York Knicks November 29, 2008 Golden State Warriors 138–125 45:15 12 4 1 0 3 .521 (50–96) No No
21 Guerin, RichieRichie Guerin* New York Knicks December 12, 1958 St. Louis Hawks 106–104 18 No No
21 Cousy, BobBob Cousy* (2) Boston Celtics December 21, 1960 St. Louis Hawks 120–108 25 Yes No
21 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* (3) Cincinnati Royals February 14, 1964 New York Knicks 126–114 29 11 Yes Yes Triple-double.
21 Rodgers, GuyGuy Rodgers* (3) Chicago Bulls October 18, 1966 San Francisco Warriors 119–116 22 10 Yes Yes Triple-double.
21 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia 76ers February 2, 1968 Detroit Pistons 131–121 48 22 25 .533 (48–90) Yes Yes Only 20-20-20 in NBA history.
21 Rodgers, GuyGuy Rodgers* (4) Milwaukee Bucks October 31, 1968 Detroit Pistons 134–118 15 No No
21 Haskins, ClemClem Haskins Chicago Bulls December 6, 1969 Boston Celtics 116–114 23 Yes No Overtime.
21 Siegfried, LarryLarry Siegfried San Diego Rockets November 16, 1970 Portland Trail Blazers 136–118 15 No No
21 Archibald, Nate "Tiny"Nate "Tiny" Archibald* (2) Kansas City-Omaha Kings December 15, 1972 Detroit Pistons 140–132 41 Yes Yes Overtime. Game played at Omaha, Nebraska.
21 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (10) Washington Bullets March 2, 1975 Los Angeles Lakers 117–104 32 4 3 .480 (47–98) No Yes
21 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (11) Detroit Pistons February 6, 1979 Houston Rockets 108–113 19 No Yes
21 Ford, PhilPhil Ford (2) Kansas City Kings February 23, 1979 Phoenix Suns 121–112 22 Yes No Rookie.
21 Cheeks, MauriceMaurice Cheeks Philadelphia 76ers October 30, 1982 New Jersey Nets 110–99 43 16 3 0 .537 (36–67) No No
21 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (9) Los Angeles Lakers January 15, 1983 Atlanta Hawks 120–101 37 13 17 .528 (47–89) No Yes Triple-double. 13 assists in the first half, and 20 assists after three quarters.
21 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (10) Los Angeles Lakers June 3, 1984 Boston Celtics 137–104 39 14 11 1 1 2 .505 (49–97) No Triple-double.
21 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* (3) Detroit Pistons December 22, 1984 Kansas City Kings 123–129 35 22 3 2 0 3 .537 (44–82) Yes Yes
21 Whatley, EnnisEnnis Whatley (3) Chicago Bulls February 23, 1985 Golden State Warriors 140–125 31 1 0 1 0 2 .690 (60–87) No No Did not start game. More assists than the opposing team, 21–17. The Bulls passed for 49 assists.
21 Nixon, NormNorm Nixon Los Angeles Clippers March 18, 1985 Detroit Pistons 136–116 29 20 4 1 0 3 .622 (51–82) Yes No
21 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* (4) Detroit Pistons April 12, 1985 Washington Bullets 102–96 37 17 5 0 0 4 .453 (39–86) No Yes
21 Rivers, Glenn "Doc"Glenn "Doc" Rivers (2) Atlanta Hawks March 4, 1986 Philadelphia 76ers 128–121 36 11 4 5 0 5 .608 (48–79) No No
21 McMillan, NateNate McMillan (2) Seattle SuperSonics March 31, 1987 Sacramento Kings 132–129 34 6 3 3 0 2 .539 (48–89) No No Rookie.
21 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (14) Utah Jazz February 19, 1988 Los Angeles Clippers 98–88 42 19 2 8 0 4 .430 (34–79) No Yes More assists than the opposing team, 21–19.
21 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (15) Utah Jazz February 20, 1988 Los Angeles Clippers 120–103 35 16 0 6 0 1 .530 (44–83) No Yes
21 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (16) Utah Jazz March 22, 1988 Phoenix Suns 103–96 42 16 5 2 2 3 .438 (35–80) No Yes
21 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (17) Utah Jazz April 20, 1988 Los Angeles Clippers 112–106 38 13 1 5 0 3 .427 (38–89) No Yes Tied the opposing team in assists, 21–21.
21 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (18) Utah Jazz November 19, 1988 Phoenix Suns 134–121 42 19 1 7 0 3 .536 (45–84) No Yes
21 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (11) Los Angeles Lakers December 6, 1988 Los Angeles Clippers 111–102 41 25 8 2 0 4 .486 (34–70) Yes No
21 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (19) Utah Jazz February 14, 1989 Denver Nuggets 119–105 34 22 2 3 1 2 .474 (36–76) Yes Yes
21 Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson (2) Phoenix Suns February 26, 1989 Los Angeles Lakers 122–134 45 30 2 4 1 4 .575 (42–73) Yes No Magic Johnson of the Lakers passed for 19 assists in the same game.
21 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (12) Los Angeles Lakers April 23, 1989 Seattle SuperSonics 121–117 40 29 9 1 0 2 .568 (42–74) Yes No
21 Grant, GaryGary Grant Los Angeles Clippers November 29, 1989 Milwaukee Bucks 103–117 39 10 1 3 0 8 .554 (36–65) No No
21 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (13) Los Angeles Lakers December 15, 1989 Boston Celtics 119–110 43 16 6 6 0 3 .580 (40–69) No No
21 Grant, GaryGary Grant (2) Los Angeles Clippers January 18, 1990 Seattle SuperSonics 105–95 41 10 2 3 0 3 .544 (37–68) No No
21 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (20) Utah Jazz March 1, 1990 Portland Trail Blazers 119–102 40 26 4 2 0 3 .494 (38–77) Yes Yes
21 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (21) Utah Jazz March 13, 1990 Phoenix Suns 106–114 43 18 5 2 0 4 .508 (30–59) No Yes
21 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (22) Utah Jazz December 11, 1990 Golden State Warriors 135–117 36 15 4 1 0 6 .608 (45–74) No Yes
21 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (14) Los Angeles Lakers December 16, 1990 Indiana Pacers 115–112 39 29 7 1 0 7 .464 (32–69) Yes No
21 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (15) Los Angeles Lakers April 27, 1991 Houston Rockets 109–98 45 13 7 1 0 3 .552 (37–67) No
21 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (16) Los Angeles Lakers May 18, 1991 Portland Trail Blazers 111–106 43 15 6 2 0 2 .553 (42–76) No
21 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (23) Utah Jazz April 19, 1992 San Antonio Spurs 101–90 44 17 8 4 0 4 .556 (35–63) No Yes
21 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (24) Utah Jazz April 24, 1992 Los Angeles Clippers 115–97 39 10 2 1 0 1 .577 (41–71) No
21 Skiles, ScottScott Skiles (2) Orlando Magic April 16, 1993 Cleveland Cavaliers 110–113 44 12 6 1 1 5 .562 (41–73) No No
21 Douglas, ShermanSherman Douglas (2) Boston Celtics December 8, 1993 Sacramento Kings 129–115 45 18 4 0 0 3 .579 (44–76) No No
21 Nash, SteveSteve Nash^ (3) Phoenix Suns January 11, 2007 Cleveland Cavaliers 109–90 30:15 4 4 1 0 1 .500 (41–82) No Yes
21 Williams, DeronDeron Williams^ Utah Jazz January 24, 2007 Memphis Grizzlies 130–132 41:34 7 5 0 1 1 .600 (51–85) No No Overtime.
21 Paul, ChrisChris Paul^ New Orleans Hornets November 6, 2007 Los Angeles Lakers 118–104 35:06 19 3 3 0 2 .493 (35–71) No Yes
21 Nash, SteveSteve Nash^ (4) Phoenix Suns February 8, 2009 Detroit Pistons 107–97 33:56 15 3 1 0 2 .507 (36–71) No No
21 Williams, DeronDeron Williams^ (2) New Jersey Nets April 5, 2011 Minnesota Timberwolves 107–105 42:43 18 4 2 1 2 .486 (36–74) No No
20 Davies, BobBob Davies Rochester Royals January 22, 1955 Boston Celtics 121–110 25 Yes No 13 assists in the first half, and 18 assists after three quarters. Sat out the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter and set a then NBA record with his 20th assist with 25 seconds left in the game.
20 Rodgers, GuyGuy Rodgers* (5) Philadelphia Warriors December 1, 1960 Los Angeles Lakers 117–114 6 9 .427 (47–110) No No
20 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* (4) Cincinnati Royals February 19, 1961 Los Angeles Lakers 112–106 43 9 Yes Yes Rookie.
20 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* (5) Cincinnati Royals December 11, 1961 Chicago Packers 133–117 32 15 Yes Yes Triple-double. Game played at Dayton, Ohio.
20 Rodgers, GuyGuy Rodgers* (6) Philadelphia Warriors March 2, 1962 New York Knicks 169–147 48 11 7 .559 (62–111) No No Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point game. Game played at Hershey, Pennsylvania. More assists than the opposing team, 20–17.
20 Rodgers, GuyGuy Rodgers* (7) San Francisco Warriors March 1, 1963 Cincinnati Royals 132–125 14 4 No Yes
20 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* (6) Cincinnati Royals December 28, 1964 San Francisco Warriors 113–108 35 8 Yes Yes
20 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* (7) Cincinnati Royals February 28, 1965 New York Knicks 126–117 27 9 Yes Yes Game played at Dayton, Ohio.
20 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* (8) Cincinnati Royals March 4, 1969 Phoenix Suns 141–122 42 23 7 .595 (47–79) Yes Yes
20 Washington, BobbyBobby Washington Cleveland Cavaliers November 7, 1971 Portland Trail Blazers 120–99 13 No No
20 West, JerryJerry West* (2) Los Angeles Lakers November 7, 1972 Houston Rockets 122–109 35 10 3 .522 (48–92) No No 11 assists in the first half, and 20 assists after three quarters. West left the game with 7:50 remaining.
20 Archibald, Nate "Tiny"Nate "Tiny" Archibald* (3) Kansas City-Omaha Kings February 9, 1973 Houston Rockets 121–116 37 Yes Yes
20 Archibald, Nate "Tiny"Nate "Tiny" Archibald* (4) Kansas City-Omaha Kings March 2, 1973 Golden State Warriors 112–117 34 3 .607 (37–61) Yes Yes
20 Wilkens, LennyLenny Wilkens* Cleveland Cavaliers November 27, 1973 Seattle SuperSonics 120–118 18 No No
20 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (12) Detroit Pistons November 20, 1976 Boston Celtics 116–110 14 No No
20 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (13) New Jersey Nets December 7, 1977 San Antonio Spurs 122–125 48 16 5 .506 (42–83) No Yes
20 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (14) New Jersey Nets January 22, 1978 Kansas City Kings 97–105 39 15 3 .407 (35–86) No Yes Did not start game.
20 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (15) New Jersey Nets April 5, 1978 Denver Nuggets 121–129 14 0 No Yes
20 Lucas, JohnJohn Lucas (3) Houston Rockets April 8, 1978 Indiana Pacers 112–111 2 No No
20 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (16) Detroit Pistons November 15, 1978 Los Angeles Lakers 126–133 12 No Yes
20 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (17) Detroit Pistons March 17, 1979 Indiana Pacers 105–98 16 No Yes
20 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (18) Washington Bullets October 20, 1979 Detroit Pistons 117–106 34 13 3 3 .634 (45–71) No No
20 Moore, JohnnyJohnny Moore San Antonio Spurs January 2, 1982 Denver Nuggets 148–133 11 No Yes
20 Huston, GeoffGeoff Huston (2) Cleveland Cavaliers February 3, 1982 Indiana Pacers 108–104 19 No No
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (17) Los Angeles Lakers January 5, 1983 Philadelphia 76ers 120–122 46 23 12 2 0 6 .600 (45–75) Yes Yes Overtime. Triple-double.
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (18) Los Angeles Lakers January 26, 1983 Milwaukee Bucks 115–113 46 9 12 0 0 4 .579 (44–76) No Yes
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (19) Los Angeles Lakers March 9, 1983 San Diego Clippers 119–114 7 .667 (48–72) No Yes
20 Moore, JohnnyJohnny Moore (2) San Antonio Spurs April 27, 1983 Denver Nuggets 126–109 38 26 5 1 .564 (44–78) Yes
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (20) Los Angeles Lakers November 25, 1983 New Jersey Nets 147–123 37 19 7 1 1 3 .680 (51–75) No Yes
20 Williams, GusGus Williams Seattle SuperSonics December 9, 1983 Dallas Mavericks 132–124 35 23 2 5 0 2 .621 (41–66) Yes No Only passed for half of his team's assists (40).
20 Moore, JohnnyJohnny Moore (3) San Antonio Spurs December 10, 1983 Washington Bullets 125–102 41 22 8 5 0 3 .526 (40–76) Yes No
20 Lucas, JohnJohn Lucas (4) San Antonio Spurs December 23, 1983 Kansas City Kings 122–126 33 12 2 1 0 0 .500 (43–86) No No
20 Green, RickeyRickey Green Utah Jazz February 14, 1984 Atlanta Hawks 100–98 36 9 2 3 0 0 .479 (35–73) No No
20 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* (5) Detroit Pistons February 28, 1984 Atlanta Hawks 101–96 36 15 4 2 0 4 .493 (34–69) No No
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (21) Los Angeles Lakers December 18, 1984 Atlanta Hawks 117–116 45 25 14 0 0 4 .563 (40–71) Yes No Triple-double.
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (22) Los Angeles Lakers December 19, 1984 Houston Rockets 123–116 44 26 6 4 0 4 .481 (37–77) Yes No
20 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* (6) Detroit Pistons January 13, 1985 Los Angeles Lakers 121–98 35 30 2 4 1 3 .483 (42–87) Yes Yes
20 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* (7) Detroit Pistons January 22, 1985 Atlanta Hawks 130–113 34 15 4 1 0 2 .505 (50–99) No Yes Game played at New Orleans, Louisiana.
20 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* (8) Detroit Pistons March 11, 1985 Los Angeles Clippers 121–114 38 16 4 2 0 2 .630 (46–73) No Yes
20 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* (9) Detroit Pistons April 4, 1985 Milwaukee Bucks 121–130 41 20 9 2 0 7 .554 (46–83) Yes Yes
20 Nixon, NormNorm Nixon (2) Los Angeles Clippers April 10, 1985 Denver Nuggets 129–127 43 29 6 0 0 2 .603 (41–68) Yes No
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (23) Los Angeles Lakers November 20, 1985 Los Angeles Clippers 107–122 35 22 9 1 0 2 .506 (44–87) Yes Yes
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (24) Los Angeles Lakers December 12, 1985 Phoenix Suns 127–102 31 13 4 0 0 3 .603 (47–78) No Yes
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (25) Los Angeles Lakers April 6, 1986 Houston Rockets 103–109 42 20 5 3 0 6 .493 (35–71) Yes Yes
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (26) Los Angeles Lakers May 16, 1986 Houston Rockets 109–117 45 17 8 3 0 3 .562 (41–73) No
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (27) Los Angeles Lakers March 10, 1987 Denver Nuggets 143–107 28 11 5 3 0 4 .605 (49–81) No Yes
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (28) Los Angeles Lakers June 4, 1987 Boston Celtics 141–122 31 22 5 3 0 2 .622 (46–74) Yes
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (25) Utah Jazz March 14, 1988 Denver Nuggets 116–115 45 24 5 3 0 4 .514 (37–72) Yes Yes
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (26) Utah Jazz April 12, 1988 Los Angeles Clippers 100–93 42 16 5 4 0 6 .415 (34–82) No Yes
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (27) Utah Jazz May 21, 1988 Los Angeles Lakers 98–109 48 29 1 5 0 5 .500 (29–58) Yes
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (29) Los Angeles Lakers May 31, 1988 Dallas Mavericks 119–102 35 15 6 0 0 3 .620 (44–71) No
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (30) Los Angeles Lakers November 28, 1988 Philadelphia 76ers 109–104 42 32 11 2 0 7 .507 (34–67) Yes No Triple-double.
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (28) Utah Jazz December 7, 1988 Washington Bullets 111–94 40 18 2 5 0 4 .513 (39–76) No Yes More assists than the opposing team, 20–16.
20 Nixon, NormNorm Nixon (3) Los Angeles Clippers December 8, 1988 Houston Rockets 120–116 38 15 3 1 0 3 .609 (42–69) No No
20 Grant, GaryGary Grant (3) Los Angeles Clippers April 6, 1989 Portland Trail Blazers 133–123 40 17 3 4 0 3 .636 (42–66) No No Rookie.
20 Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson (3) Phoenix Suns April 15, 1989 San Antonio Spurs 137–91 38 21 4 4 1 3 .570 (45–79) Yes No
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (29) Utah Jazz April 21, 1989 Dallas Mavericks 89–91 42 19 2 8 0 5 .474 (27–57) No Yes
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (31) Los Angeles Lakers May 28, 1989 Phoenix Suns 122–117 41 21 6 3 1 6 .548 (40–73) Yes
20 Grant, GaryGary Grant (4) Los Angeles Clippers December 28, 1989 Golden State Warriors 139–119 36 15 6 2 0 7 .600 (54–90) No No More assists than the opposing team, 20–18.
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (30) Utah Jazz February 22, 1990 Los Angeles Clippers 116–102 38 24 1 2 0 3 .537 (36–67) Yes Yes
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (31) Utah Jazz March 3, 1990 San Antonio Spurs 112–98 39 22 3 4 0 3 .452 (33–73) Yes Yes
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (32) Utah Jazz March 15, 1990 Seattle SuperSonics 117–95 37 13 0 4 2 2 .577 (41–71) No Yes
20 Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson (4) Phoenix Suns March 21, 1990 Charlotte Hornets 114–115 49 26 4 2 0 5 .479 (35–73) Yes No Overtime.
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (33) Utah Jazz March 24, 1990 Los Angeles Clippers 112–79 36 8 1 3 1 1 .541 (46–85) No Yes
20 Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson (5) Phoenix Suns April 3, 1990 Dallas Mavericks 117–111 44 23 1 1 0 3 .644 (38–59) Yes No
20 Price, MarkMark Price Cleveland Cavaliers April 4, 1990 Atlanta Hawks 101–95 41 14 1 2 0 4 .578 (37–64) No No
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (34) Utah Jazz April 10, 1990 Seattle SuperSonics 114–102 41 13 6 0 1 5 .614 (35–57) No Yes
20 Skiles, ScottScott Skiles (3) Orlando Magic March 8, 1991 Denver Nuggets 129–113 44 20 7 0 0 3 .519 (42–81) Yes No
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (35) Utah Jazz March 11, 1991 San Antonio Spurs 96–105 41 12 1 6 0 5 .556 (35–63) No Yes
20 Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson (6) Phoenix Suns April 2, 1991 Utah Jazz 131–117 42 37 3 2 0 4 .565 (39–69) Yes No
20 Hardaway, TimTim Hardaway (2) Golden State Warriors May 14, 1991 Los Angeles Lakers 119–124 51 27 1 5 2 1 .459 (34–74) Yes Overtime.
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (32) Los Angeles Lakers June 12, 1991 Chicago Bulls 101–108 48 16 11 1 0 6 .532 (33–62) No Triple-double.
20 Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson (7) Phoenix Suns March 31, 1992 Portland Trail Blazers 128–111 43 27 4 1 1 2 .594 (41–69) Yes No
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (36) Utah Jazz December 28, 1992 Minnesota Timberwolves 114–95 30 13 3 7 0 2 .579 (44–76) No Yes
20 Skiles, ScottScott Skiles (4) Orlando Magic December 1, 1993 Portland Trail Blazers 114–106 46 16 3 1 0 3 .561 (37–66) No No
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (37) Utah Jazz March 6, 1994 Phoenix Suns 103–92 41 18 1 5 0 6 .500 (35–70) No Yes
20 Strickland, RodRod Strickland Portland Trail Blazers April 5, 1994 Phoenix Suns 135–113 38 18 8 1 0 2 .538 (43–80) No No
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (38) Utah Jazz January 7, 1995 Philadelphia 76ers 111–90 30 10 2 3 0 3 .542 (45–83) No Yes
20 Abdul-Rauf, MahmoudMahmoud Abdul-Rauf Denver Nuggets November 15, 1995 Phoenix Suns 137–127 56 30 8 1 0 3 .494 (41–83) Yes No Triple overtime.
20 Strickland, RodRod Strickland (2) Portland Trail Blazers March 30, 1996 Houston Rockets 109–94 34 10 7 0 0 2 .577 (41–71) No No
20 Knight, BrevinBrevin Knight Cleveland Cavaliers November 22, 1997 Washington Wizards 110–101 37 13 2 4 0 3 .583 (35–60) No No Rookie.
20 Johnson, AveryAvery Johnson San Antonio Spurs December 10, 1997 Los Angeles Clippers 102–87 44 9 3 2 1 4 .470 (31–66) No No
20 Johnson, AveryAvery Johnson (2) San Antonio Spurs December 17, 1997 Vancouver Grizzlies 98–87 43 9 4 2 0 1 .493 (35–71) No No
20 Strickland, RodRod Strickland (3) Washington Wizards February 10, 1998 Golden State Warriors 99–87 42 21 12 2 0 5 .411 (30–73) Yes Yes Triple-double.
20 Marbury, StephonStephon Marbury New Jersey Nets April 25, 1999 Indiana Pacers 120–98 42 26 1 1 0 3 .603 (38–63) Yes No
20 Van Exel, NickNick Van Exel (2) Denver Nuggets November 8, 1999 Atlanta Hawks 115–100 43 23 4 2 0 3 .474 (37–78) Yes No
20 Van Exel, NickNick Van Exel (3) Denver Nuggets December 2, 2000 Seattle SuperSonics 103–92 39 5 5 1 2 2 .449 (40–89) No No
20 Rose, JalenJalen Rose Indiana Pacers April 18, 2001 Cleveland Cavaliers 105–101 44 22 4 1 0 4 .466 (34–73) Yes No Overtime.
20 Knight, BrevinBrevin Knight (2) Charlotte Bobcats January 11, 2005 Cleveland Cavaliers 98–100 40 15 3 2 0 5 .474 (37–78) No No Overtime.
20 Nash, SteveSteve Nash^ (5) Phoenix Suns December 5, 2006 Sacramento Kings 127–102 32:34 11 4 2 0 3 .494 (43–87) No Yes
20 Miller, AndreAndre Miller^ (2) Denver Nuggets December 8, 2006 Miami Heat 123–107 39:30 5 5 0 2 3 .557 (44–79) No No
20 Williams, DeronDeron Williams^ (3) Utah Jazz January 2, 2008 Philadelphia 76ers 110–107 38:48 15 1 0 2 4 .532 (33–62) No No
20 Nash, SteveSteve Nash^ (6) Phoenix Suns January 17, 2008 Los Angeles Lakers 106–98 36:49 13 0 2 0 5 .561 (37–66) No No
20 Williams, DeronDeron Williams^ (4) Utah Jazz March 3, 2008 Dallas Mavericks 116–110 45:21 17 5 0 2 4 .567 (34–60) No No
20 Paul, ChrisChris Paul^ (2) New Orleans Hornets March 26, 2008 Cleveland Cavaliers 100–99 42:12 15 3 2 1 1 .476 (30–63) No Yes
20 Davis, BaronBaron Davis Los Angeles Clippers February 11, 2009 New York Knicks 128–124 43:53 13 6 1 1 5 .563 (45–80) No No Overtime.
20 Paul, ChrisChris Paul^ (3) New Orleans Hornets February 27, 2009 Milwaukee Bucks 95–94 35:57 9 7 0 0 2 .500 (36–72) No Yes
20 Williams, DeronDeron Williams^ (5) Utah Jazz March 1, 2009 Golden State Warriors 112–104 41:54 6 0 1 0 4 .494 (40–81) No No
20 Davis, BaronBaron Davis (2) Los Angeles Clippers March 18, 2009 Washington Wizards 123–108 39:15 11 8 0 1 3 .614 (43–70) No No
20 Kidd, JasonJason Kidd (2) Dallas Mavericks April 5, 2009 Phoenix Suns 140–116 30:12 19 4 1 0 2 .584 (45–77) No No 16 assists in the first half.
20 Nash, SteveSteve Nash^ (7) Phoenix Suns October 30, 2009 Golden State Warriors 123–101 37:29 18 6 0 1 3 .567 (38–67) No Yes
20 Nash, SteveSteve Nash^ (8) Phoenix Suns November 9, 2009 Philadelphia 76ers 119–115 36:10 21 2 0 1 7 .515 (35–68) Yes Yes
20 Collison, DarrenDarren Collison^ New Orleans Hornets March 8, 2010 Golden State Warriors 135–131 46:17 16 1 3 0 7 .588 (47–80) No No Rookie.
20 Bynum, WillWill Bynum^ Detroit Pistons March 12, 2010 Washington Wizards 101–87 38:40 5 3 2 1 3 .513 (40–78) No No
20 Nash, SteveSteve Nash^ (9) Phoenix Suns March 22, 2011 Los Angeles Lakers 137–139 49:20 19 5 0 0 6 .484 (44–91) No Yes Triple overtime.
20 Rondo, RajonRajon Rondo^ (3) Boston Celtics April 22, 2011 New York Knicks 113–96 40:58 15 11 2 0 4 .529 (37–70) No Triple-double.
20 Rondo, RajonRajon Rondo^ (4) Boston Celtics March 4, 2012 New York Knicks 115–111 47:47 18 17 1 1 4 .458 (38–83) No Yes Triple-double. Overtime.
20 Williams, DeronDeron Williams^ (6) New Jersey Nets March 30, 2012 Golden State Warriors 102–100 40:05 9 2 2 1 4 .485 (33–68) No No
20 Rondo, RajonRajon Rondo^ (5) Boston Celtics April 11, 2012 Atlanta Hawks 88–86 47:00 10 10 2 0 6 .466 (34-73) No Yes Triple-double. Overtime. Lowest scoring game on this list.
20 Rondo, RajonRajon Rondo^ (6) Boston Celtics November 9, 2012 Philadelphia 76ers 100–106 41:50 14 2 2 0 4 .525 (31–59) No Yes
20 Rondo, RajonRajon Rondo^ (7) Boston Celtics November 17, 2012 Toronto Raptors 107-89 32:12 6 2 1 0 5 .556 (40–72) No Yes

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References[edit]

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