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

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This is a complete listing of National Basketball Association players who have recorded 9 or more steals in a game.

50 different players have recorded 9 or more steals in a game. It has occurred 71 times in total in NBA history.

Allen Iverson is the only player to record 9 or more steals in a playoff game.

The NBA did not record steals until the 1973–74 season.

^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Occurred in playoff competition
Steals Player Team Date Opponent Score Minutes played Points Rebounds Assists Triple-double Led the league in steals Notes Ref.
11 Kenon, LarryLarry Kenon San Antonio Spurs December 26, 1976 Kansas City Kings 110–105 44 29 15 4 Yes No
11 Gill, KendallKendall Gill New Jersey Nets April 3, 1999 Miami Heat 88–77 40 15 10 3 Yes Yes Quarterly steals of 0, 5, 3 and 3. No steals in the first quarter.
10 West, JerryJerry West* Los Angeles Lakers December 7, 1973 Seattle SuperSonics 111–115 37 27 5 5 No No 6 steals in the first half; 4 steals in the second half.
10 Steele, LarryLarry Steele Portland Trail Blazers November 16, 1974 Los Angeles Lakers 112–99 44 12 11 9 Yes No
10 Brown, FredFred Brown Seattle SuperSonics December 3, 1976 Philadelphia 76ers 121–112 29 3 7 No No 8 steals in a half, tying the NBA record.
10 Williams, GusGus Williams Seattle SuperSonics February 22, 1978 New Jersey Nets 94–83 42 31 4 4 No No
10 Jordan, EddieEddie Jordan New Jersey Nets March 23, 1979 Philadelphia 76ers 98–110 39 13 1 1 No No Second game of double header (second double header in NBA history).
10 Moore, JohnnyJohnny Moore San Antonio Spurs March 6, 1985 Indiana Pacers 108–102 35 16 7 8 No No
10 Lever, Lafayette "Fat"Lafayette "Fat" Lever Denver Nuggets March 9, 1985 Indiana Pacers 126–116 31 13 4 15 Yes No 8 steals in the third quarter, setting the NBA record; 8 steals in the second half, tying the NBA record.
10 Drexler, ClydeClyde Drexler* Portland Trail Blazers January 10, 1986 Milwaukee Bucks 89–95 42 26 9 11 Yes No
10 Robertson, AlvinAlvin Robertson San Antonio Spurs February 18, 1986 Phoenix Suns 120–114 36 20 11 10 Yes Yes Second quadruple-double in NBA history; only NBA quadruple-double with steals.
10 Robertson, AlvinAlvin Robertson (2) San Antonio Spurs November 22, 1986 Los Angeles Clippers 109–102 39 30 5 6 No Yes
10 Harper, RonRon Harper Cleveland Cavaliers March 10, 1987 Philadelphia 76ers 91–100 44 28 5 7 No No Rookie single-game record. Five steals in each half.
10 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* Chicago Bulls January 29, 1988 New Jersey Nets 120–93 27 32 1 4 No Yes 6 steals in the third quarter. Left game due to Bulls' comfortable lead.
10 Robertson, AlvinAlvin Robertson (3) San Antonio Spurs January 11, 1989 Houston Rockets 117–122 44 20 5 7 No No Overtime.
10 Robertson, AlvinAlvin Robertson (4) Milwaukee Bucks November 19, 1990 Utah Jazz 114–104 39 16 3 9 No Yes
10 Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson Phoenix Suns December 9, 1993 Washington Bullets 114–95 38 17 3 13 Yes No
10 Drexler, ClydeClyde Drexler* (2) Houston Rockets November 1, 1996 Sacramento Kings 96–85 42 25 10 9 Yes No 8 steals in the second half, tying the NBA record. First game of season.
10 Blaylock, Daron "Mookie"Daron "Mookie" Blaylock Atlanta Hawks April 14, 1998 Philadelphia 76ers 95–94 44 14 8 11 Yes Yes
10 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers May 13, 1999 Orlando Magic 97–85 43 33 5 5 No Quarterly steals of 3, 3, 3 & 1.
10 Finley, MichaelMichael Finley Dallas Mavericks January 23, 2001 Philadelphia 76ers 98–114 45 27 6 7 No No 8 steals in the first half, tying the NBA record. 5 steals in the first quarter.
10 Roy, BrandonBrandon Roy Portland Trail Blazers January 24, 2009 Washington Wizards 100–87 39:04 22 5 7 No No Quarterly steals of 3, 2, 2 & 3
9 Murphy, CalvinCalvin Murphy* Houston Rockets December 14, 1973 Boston Celtics 106–114 43 21 2 10 No No
9 Steele, LarryLarry Steele (2) Portland Trail Blazers March 5, 1974 Los Angeles Lakers 107–102 40 15 5 10 No Yes
9 Barry, RickRick Barry* Golden State Warriors October 29, 1974 Buffalo Braves 130–101 43 30 10 11 Yes Yes
9 Watts, Don "Slick"Don "Slick" Watts Seattle SuperSonics February 23, 1975 Philadelphia 76ers 100–114 13 14 No No Fouled out of game.
9 Steele, LarryLarry Steele (3) Portland Trail Blazers March 7, 1975 Phoenix Suns 120–98 39 12 5 5 No No
9 Steele, LarryLarry Steele (4) Portland Trail Blazers March 14, 1976 Detroit Pistons 114–103 40 22 7 8 No No
9 Buckner, QuinnQuinn Buckner Milwaukee Bucks January 2, 1977 Indiana Pacers 109–116 33 16 7 7 No No Rookie. The Bucks combined for 21 steals.
9 Watts, Don "Slick"Don "Slick" Watts (2) Seattle SuperSonics March 27, 1977 Phoenix Suns 100–121 36 14 3 8 No No
9 Tatum, EarlEarl Tatum Detroit Pistons November 28, 1978 Los Angeles Lakers 105–103 33 19 2 2 No No
9 Williams, GusGus Williams (2) Seattle SuperSonics January 23, 1979 Washington Bullets 103–100 37 24 7 6 No No 8 steals in the second half, tying the NBA record.
9 Lee, RonRon Lee Detroit Pistons March 16, 1980 Houston Rockets 99–102 42 20 5 6 No No Lee shot 6–12 from three-point range, tying the NBA record for three-point attempts at the time.
9 Bradley, DudleyDudley Bradley Indiana Pacers November 10, 1980 Utah Jazz 106–108 39 14 2 6 No No 8 steals in the second half, tying the NBA record. Six steals in the fourth quarter.
9 Bradley, DudleyDudley Bradley (2) Indiana Pacers November 29, 1980 Cleveland Cavaliers 117–101 28 11 0 2 No No Five steals in the fourth quarter.
9 Richardson, Micheal RayMicheal Ray Richardson New York Knicks December 23, 1980 Chicago Bulls 114–117 44 19 6 6 No No
9 High, JohnnyJohnny High Phoenix Suns January 28, 1981 Washington Bullets 98–108 26 11 4 2 No No
9 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* Los Angeles Lakers November 6, 1981 Phoenix Suns 99–101 40 11 7 16 No Yes 5 steals in a half; 4 steals in the other half.
9 Sikma, JackJack Sikma Seattle SuperSonics January 27, 1982 Kansas City Kings 110–103 20 9 No No
9 Green, RickeyRickey Green Utah Jazz November 10, 1982 Denver Nuggets 125–119 45 24 5 11 No No
9 Green, RickeyRickey Green (2) Utah Jazz November 27, 1982 Philadelphia 76ers 113–126 44 26 7 12 No No
9 Richardson, Micheal RayMicheal Ray Richardson (2) Golden State Warriors February 5, 1983 San Antonio Spurs 106–102 42 10 5 11 No Yes
9 Cook, DarwinDarwin Cook New Jersey Nets December 3, 1983 Portland Trail Blazers 122–128 44 17 2 6 No No Overtime. Fouled out.
9 Williams, GusGus Williams (3) Washington Bullets October 30, 1984 Atlanta Hawks 119–104 39 23 5 9 No No
9 Moore, JohnnyJohnny Moore (2) San Antonio Spurs January 8, 1985 Golden State Warriors 139–94 36 26 11 13 Yes No
9 Bird, LarryLarry Bird* Boston Celtics February 18, 1985 Utah Jazz 110–94 33 30 12 10 Yes No Did not play in the fourth quarter due to Celtics' 22 point lead.
9 Richardson, Micheal RayMicheal Ray Richardson (3) New Jersey Nets October 30, 1985 Indiana Pacers 147–138 54 38 11 11 Yes No Triple overtime.
9 Cheeks, MauriceMaurice Cheeks Philadelphia 76ers January 5, 1987 Los Angeles Clippers 108–102 42 22 3 10 No No 7 steals in a half.
9 Dunn, T.R.T.R. Dunn Denver Nuggets January 6, 1988 New Jersey Nets 98–93 32 2 5 3 No No Did not start game. Teammate Lever, Lafayette "Fat"Lafayette "Fat" Lever had eight steals in the same game.
9 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (2) Chicago Bulls November 9, 1988 Boston Celtics 110–104 42 52 3 2 No No 8 steals in the first half, tying the NBA record.
9 Hawkins, HerseyHersey Hawkins Philadelphia 76ers January 25, 1991 Boston Celtics 116–94 41 38 8 6 No No
9 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* Utah Jazz February 12, 1991 Houston Rockets 113–92 35 19 3 11 No No
9 Adams, MichaelMichael Adams Washington Bullets November 1, 1991 Indiana Pacers 109–103 42 23 4 13 No No
9 Rivers, Glenn "Doc"Glenn "Doc" Rivers Los Angeles Clippers November 6, 1991 Phoenix Suns 111–87 18 5 1 5 No No 7 steals in a half.
9 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (3) Chicago Bulls April 2, 1993 New Jersey Nets 118–105 38 40 7 7 No Yes
9 Lever, Lafayette "Fat"Lafayette "Fat" Lever (2) Dallas Mavericks February 10, 1994 Washington Bullets 87–77 34 4 7 3 No No
9 Pippen, ScottieScottie Pippen* Chicago Bulls March 8, 1994 Atlanta Hawks 116–95 42 39 6 10 No No
9 Murdock, EricEric Murdock Milwaukee Bucks April 2, 1994 Washington Bullets 96–104 37 18 5 7 No No
9 Blaylock, Daron "Mookie"Daron "Mookie" Blaylock (2) Atlanta Hawks February 17, 1997 Houston Rockets 98–127 34 18 0 5 No Yes
9 Christie, DougDoug Christie Toronto Raptors February 25, 1997 Denver Nuggets 124–122 46 27 5 3 No No Overtime.
9 Jones, EddieEddie Jones Charlotte Hornets November 4, 1999 Indiana Pacers 98–89 36 22 3 3 No Yes
9 Pierce, PaulPaul Pierce^ Boston Celtics December 3, 1999 Miami Heat 96–84 38 26 5 4 No No 6 steals in the first quarter; 7 steals in the first half.
9 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson (2) Philadelphia 76ers March 19, 2000 Orlando Magic 89–85 42 18 3 10 No No 7 steals in the second half.
9 Miller, AndreAndre Miller^ Cleveland Cavaliers December 15, 2001 Philadelphia 76ers 91–94 44 14 4 22 No No 6 steals in the second half.
9 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson (3) Philadelphia 76ers December 20, 2002 Los Angeles Lakers 107–104 48 32 2 5 No Yes Overtime.
9 Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki^ Dallas Mavericks March 7, 2004 Houston Rockets 98–101 45 18 1 1 No No
9 Alston, RaferRafer Alston Houston Rockets February 10, 2007 Charlotte Bobcats 104–83 41:13 14 1 8 No No 8 steals in the second half, tying the NBA record.
9 Paul, ChrisChris Paul^ New Orleans Hornets February 20, 2008 Dallas Mavericks 104–93 40:38 31 5 11 No Yes Seven steals in the first half.
9 Chalmers, MarioMario Chalmers^ Miami Heat November 5, 2008 Philadelphia 76ers 106–83 30:32 6 4 6 No No Rookie.
9 Wall, JohnJohn Wall^ Washington Wizards November 2, 2010 Philadelphia 76ers 116–115 44:48 29 2 13 No No Rookie. Overtime. Seven steals in the second half.
9 Carter-Williams, MichaelMichael Carter-Williams^ Philadelphia 76ers October 30, 2013 Miami Heat 114–110 36:10 22 7 12 No No Rookie. NBA Debut. Most steals in an NBA debut.

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References[edit]

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