List of National Basketball Association single-game playoff scoring leaders

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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 34 times in playoff history by 21 different players. Only four players have scored 50 or more points on more than one occasion: Michael Jordan (eight times), Wilt Chamberlain (four times), Allen Iverson (three times) and Jerry West (twice).

^ 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 MP FGM FGA 3PM 3PA FTM FTA Notes
63 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* Chicago Bulls April 20, 1986 Boston Celtics 1986 Eastern Conference First Round 131–135 53 22 41 0 0 19 21 [a]
61 Baylor, ElginElgin Baylor* Los Angeles Lakers April 14, 1962 Boston Celtics 1962 NBA Finals 126–121 48 22 46 17 19 [b]
56 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia Warriors March 22, 1962 Syracuse Nationals 1962 Eastern Division Semifinals 121–104 48 22 48 12 22 [c]
56 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (2) Chicago Bulls April 29, 1992 Miami Heat 1992 Eastern Conference First Round 119–114 43 20 30 0 0 16 18 [d]
56 Barkley, CharlesCharles Barkley* Phoenix Suns May 4, 1994 Golden State Warriors 1994 Western Conference First Round 140–133 41 23 31 3 4 7 9 [e]
55 Barry, RickRick Barry* San Francisco Warriors April 18, 1967 Philadelphia 76ers 1967 NBA Finals 130–124 22 48 11 19 [f]
55 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (3) Chicago Bulls May 1, 1988 Cleveland Cavaliers 1988 Eastern Conference First Round 106–101 44 24 45 0 0 7 7 [g]
55 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (4) Chicago Bulls June 16, 1993 Phoenix Suns 1993 NBA Finals 111–105 46 21 37 0 1 13 18 [h]
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 [i]
54 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (6) Chicago Bulls May 31, 1993 New York Knicks 1993 Eastern Conference Finals 105–95 39 18 30 6 9 12 14 [j]
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 [k]
53 West, JerryJerry West* Los Angeles Lakers April 23, 1969 Boston Celtics 1969 NBA Finals 120–118 21 41 11 13 [l]
53 Isaiah Thomas^ Boston Celtics May 2, 2017 Washington Wizards 2017 Eastern Conference Semifinals 129-119 45 18 33 5 12 12 13 [1]
52 West, JerryJerry West* (2) Los Angeles Lakers April 5, 1965 Baltimore Bullets 1965 Western Division Finals 118–115 16 38 20 21 [m]
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 44 18 26 2 3 13 14 [n]
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 [o]
51 Westbrook, RussellRussell Westbrook^ Oklahoma City Thunder April 19, 2017 Houston Rockets 2017 Western Conference Quarterfinals 111-115 41:22 17 43 1 7 15 18
50 Cousy, BobBob Cousy* Boston Celtics March 21, 1953 Syracuse Nationals 1953 Eastern Division Semifinals 111–105 66 10 22 30 32 [p]
50 Pettit, BobBob Pettit* St. Louis Hawks April 12, 1958 Boston Celtics 1958 NBA Finals 110–109 19 34 12 15 [q]
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 45 20 32 10 14 [r]
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 44 19 35 0 0 12 12 [s]
50 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (8) Chicago Bulls May 5, 1989 Cleveland Cavaliers 1989 Eastern Conference First Round 105–108 43 14 28 0 1 22 27 [t]
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 [u]
50 Carter, VinceVince Carter^ Toronto Raptors May 11, 2001 Philadelphia 76ers 2001 Eastern Conference Semifinals 102–78 44:44 19 29 9 13 3 3 [v]
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 [w]
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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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Double overtime. Jordan scored 17 points in the first quarter, 6 points in the second quarter, 13 points in the third quarter, 18 points in the fourth quarter, 5 points in the first overtime and 4 points in the second overtime.
  2. ^ NBA Finals single-game record. Most points in a playoff regulation game. 25 field goal attempts in the first half, tying the record. Baylor scored 18 points in the first quarter, 15 points in the second quarter, 13 points in the third quarter and 15 points in the fourth quarter.
  3. ^ Set playoff records for field goal attempts in a game (48) and in a half (25).
  4. ^ Miami took an 18 point lead before Jordan scored his first points. Jordan scored 54 points in the final three quarters, setting a playoff record for most points in three quarters; he scored 2 points in the first quarter, 17 points in the second quarter, 19 points in the third quarter and 18 points in the fourth quarter.
  5. ^ 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. Barkley scored 27 points in the first quarter and 11 points in the second quarter.
  6. ^ Tied playoff single-game record for field goal attempts (48). 24 field goal attempts in each half.
  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. Jordan scored 12 points in the first quarter, 16 points in the second quarter, 15 points in the third quarter and 12 points in the fourth quarter. The second of consecutive 50+ point games in the playoffs by Jordan; becoming the only player in playoff history to do so.
  8. ^ 14 field goals made in the first half, tying the NBA Finals record. Jordan scored 11 points in the first quarter, 22 points in the second quarter, 10 points in the third quarter and 12 points in the fourth quarter.
  9. ^ Tied playoff single-game record for field goals made. 14 field goals made in the first half.
  10. ^ Jordan scored 17 points in the first quarter, 10 points in the second quarter, 18 points in the third quarter and 9 points in the fourth quarter.
  11. ^ Set playoff single-game record for field goals made.
  12. ^ West made two free throws with four seconds remaining in the game to secure the win.
  13. ^ 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.
  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 in the fourth quarter. He also made the field goals consecutively. 15 field goals made in the second half.
  15. ^ Triple overtime. Tied playoff single-game record for three-point field goals made. Set playoff single-game record for three-point field goal attempts.
  16. ^ Quadruple overtime. Set playoff single-game record for free throws made. Free throw attempts were also a playoff record at the time.
  17. ^ Pettit scored 11 straight points, 19 of his team's last 21 points, and 19 points total in the fourth quarter.
  18. ^ McAdoo scored 15 points in the third quarter and another 15 points in the fourth quarter.
  19. ^ 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. Jordan scored 9 points in the first quarter. Jordan outscored the entire opposing team 20–19 in the second quarter.
  20. ^ Overtime. Jordan scored 19 points in the first half, 29 points in the second half (including 19 points in the third quarter and 10 points in the fourth quarter) and 2 points in overtime. 16 free throw attempts in the first half, a playoff record at the time.
  21. ^ Oldest player (36 years, 273 days) to score 50 points in a playoff game.
  22. ^ Carter tied the playoff single-game record for three-point field goals made. He set the playoff record with eight three-point field goals made in the first half. Carter scored 15 points in the first quarter and 19 points in the second quarter.
  23. ^ Scored 12 out of the Lakers' 13 in overtime. 38 before OT.