List of National Basketball Association single-game steals leaders

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

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

Allen Iverson is the only player to record nine 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
Player's team lost the game
Steals Player Team Score Opponent Date Minutes played Points Rebounds Assists Triple-double Led the league in steals Notes Ref.
11 Kenon, LarryLarry Kenon San Antonio Spurs 110–105 Kansas City Kings December 26, 1976 44 29 15 4 Yes No
11 Gill, KendallKendall Gill New Jersey Nets 88–77 Miami Heat April 3, 1999 40 15 10 3 Yes Yes [a]
10 West, JerryJerry West* Los Angeles Lakers 111–115 Seattle SuperSonics December 7, 1973 37 27 5 5 No No [b]
10 Steele, LarryLarry Steele Portland Trail Blazers 112–99 Los Angeles Lakers November 16, 1974 44 12 11 9 Yes No [c]
10 Brown, FredFred Brown Seattle SuperSonics 121–112 Philadelphia 76ers December 3, 1976 40 29 3 7 No No [d]
10 Williams, GusGus Williams Seattle SuperSonics 94–83 New Jersey Nets February 22, 1978 42 31 4 4 No No
10 Jordan, EddieEddie Jordan New Jersey Nets 98–110 Philadelphia 76ers March 23, 1979 39 13 1 1 No No [e]
10 Moore, JohnnyJohnny Moore San Antonio Spurs 108–102 Indiana Pacers March 6, 1985 35 16 7 8 No No
10 Lever, Lafayette "Fat"Lafayette "Fat" Lever Denver Nuggets 126–116 Indiana Pacers March 9, 1985 31 13 4 15 Yes No [f]
10 Drexler, ClydeClyde Drexler* Portland Trail Blazers 89–95 Milwaukee Bucks January 10, 1986 42 26 9 11 Yes No [g]
10 Robertson, AlvinAlvin Robertson San Antonio Spurs 120–114 Phoenix Suns February 18, 1986 36 20 11 10 Yes Yes [h]
10 Robertson, AlvinAlvin Robertson (2) San Antonio Spurs 109–102 Los Angeles Clippers November 22, 1986 39 30 5 6 No Yes
10 Harper, RonRon Harper Cleveland Cavaliers 91–100 Philadelphia 76ers March 10, 1987 44 28 5 7 No No [i]
10 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* Chicago Bulls 120–93 New Jersey Nets January 29, 1988 27 32 1 4 No Yes [j]
10 Robertson, AlvinAlvin Robertson (3) San Antonio Spurs 117–122 Houston Rockets January 11, 1989 44 20 5 7 No No [k]
10 Robertson, AlvinAlvin Robertson (4) Milwaukee Bucks 114–104 Utah Jazz November 19, 1990 39 16 3 9 No Yes
10 Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson Phoenix Suns 114–95 Washington Bullets December 9, 1993 38 17 3 13 Yes No
10 Drexler, ClydeClyde Drexler* (2) Houston Rockets 96–85 Sacramento Kings November 1, 1996 42 25 10 9 Yes No [l]
10 Blaylock, Daron "Mookie"Daron "Mookie" Blaylock Atlanta Hawks 95–94 Philadelphia 76ers April 14, 1998 44 14 8 11 Yes Yes
10 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson* Philadelphia 76ers 97–85 Orlando Magic May 13, 1999 43 33 5 5 No [m]
10 Finley, MichaelMichael Finley Dallas Mavericks 98–114 Philadelphia 76ers January 23, 2001 45 27 6 7 No No [n]
10 Roy, BrandonBrandon Roy Portland Trail Blazers 100–87 Washington Wizards January 24, 2009 39:04 22 5 7 No No
9 Murphy, CalvinCalvin Murphy* Houston Rockets 106–114 Boston Celtics December 14, 1973 43 21 2 10 No No
9 Steele, LarryLarry Steele (2) Portland Trail Blazers 107–102 Los Angeles Lakers March 5, 1974 40 15 5 10 No Yes
9 Barry, RickRick Barry* Golden State Warriors 130–101 Buffalo Braves October 29, 1974 43 30 10 11 Yes Yes [o]
9 Watts, Don "Slick"Don "Slick" Watts Seattle SuperSonics 100–114 Philadelphia 76ers February 23, 1975 43 13 6 14 No No [p]
9 Steele, LarryLarry Steele (3) Portland Trail Blazers 120–98 Phoenix Suns March 7, 1975 39 12 5 5 No No
9 Steele, LarryLarry Steele (4) Portland Trail Blazers 114–103 Detroit Pistons March 14, 1976 40 22 7 8 No No
9 Buckner, QuinnQuinn Buckner Milwaukee Bucks 109–116 Indiana Pacers January 2, 1977 33 16 7 7 No No [q]
9 Watts, Don "Slick"Don "Slick" Watts (2) Seattle SuperSonics 100–121 Phoenix Suns March 27, 1977 36 14 3 8 No No
9 Tatum, EarlEarl Tatum Detroit Pistons 105–103 Los Angeles Lakers November 28, 1978 33 19 2 2 No No
9 Williams, GusGus Williams (2) Seattle SuperSonics 103–100 Washington Bullets January 23, 1979 37 24 7 6 No No [r]
9 Lee, RonRon Lee Detroit Pistons 99–102 Houston Rockets March 16, 1980 42 20 5 6 No No [s]
9 Bradley, DudleyDudley Bradley Indiana Pacers 106–108 Utah Jazz November 10, 1980 39 14 2 6 No No [t]
9 Bradley, DudleyDudley Bradley (2) Indiana Pacers 117–101 Cleveland Cavaliers November 29, 1980 28 11 0 2 No No [u]
9 Richardson, Micheal RayMicheal Ray Richardson New York Knicks 114–117 Chicago Bulls December 23, 1980 44 19 6 6 No No
9 High, JohnnyJohnny High Phoenix Suns 98–108 Washington Bullets January 28, 1981 26 11 4 2 No No
9 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* Los Angeles Lakers 99–101 Phoenix Suns November 6, 1981 40 11 7 16 No Yes [v]
9 Sikma, JackJack Sikma Seattle SuperSonics 110–103 Kansas City Kings January 27, 1982 40 20 9 3 No No
9 Green, RickeyRickey Green Utah Jazz 125–119 Denver Nuggets November 10, 1982 45 24 5 11 No No
9 Green, RickeyRickey Green (2) Utah Jazz 113–126 Philadelphia 76ers November 27, 1982 44 26 7 12 No No
9 Richardson, Micheal RayMicheal Ray Richardson (2) Golden State Warriors 106–102 San Antonio Spurs February 5, 1983 42 10 5 11 No Yes
9 Cook, DarwinDarwin Cook New Jersey Nets 122–128 Portland Trail Blazers December 3, 1983 44 17 2 6 No No [w]
9 Williams, GusGus Williams (3) Washington Bullets 119–104 Atlanta Hawks October 30, 1984 39 23 5 9 No No
9 Moore, JohnnyJohnny Moore (2) San Antonio Spurs 139–94 Golden State Warriors January 8, 1985 36 26 11 13 Yes No [x]
9 Bird, LarryLarry Bird* Boston Celtics 110–94 Utah Jazz February 18, 1985 33 30 12 10 Yes No [y]
9 Richardson, Micheal RayMicheal Ray Richardson (3) New Jersey Nets 147–138 Indiana Pacers October 30, 1985 54 38 11 11 Yes No [z]
9 Cheeks, MauriceMaurice Cheeks Philadelphia 76ers 108–102 Los Angeles Clippers January 5, 1987 42 22 3 10 No No [aa]
9 Dunn, T. R.T. R. Dunn Denver Nuggets 98–93 New Jersey Nets January 6, 1988 32 2 5 3 No No [ab]
9 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (2) Chicago Bulls 110–104 Boston Celtics November 9, 1988 42 52 3 2 No No [ac]
9 Hawkins, HerseyHersey Hawkins Philadelphia 76ers 116–94 Boston Celtics January 25, 1991 41 38 8 6 No No
9 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* Utah Jazz 113–92 Houston Rockets February 12, 1991 35 19 3 11 No No
9 Adams, MichaelMichael Adams Washington Bullets 109–103 Indiana Pacers November 1, 1991 42 23 4 13 No No
9 Rivers, Glenn "Doc"Glenn "Doc" Rivers Los Angeles Clippers 111–87 Phoenix Suns November 6, 1991 18 5 1 5 No No [ad]
9 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (3) Chicago Bulls 118–105 New Jersey Nets April 2, 1993 38 40 7 7 No Yes
9 Lever, Lafayette "Fat"Lafayette "Fat" Lever (2) Dallas Mavericks 87–77 Washington Bullets February 10, 1994 34 4 7 3 No No
9 Pippen, ScottieScottie Pippen* Chicago Bulls 116–95 Atlanta Hawks March 8, 1994 42 39 6 10 No No
9 Murdock, EricEric Murdock Milwaukee Bucks 96–104 Washington Bullets April 2, 1994 37 18 5 7 No No
9 Blaylock, Daron "Mookie"Daron "Mookie" Blaylock (2) Atlanta Hawks 98–127 Houston Rockets February 17, 1997 34 18 0 5 No Yes
9 Christie, DougDoug Christie Toronto Raptors 124–122 Denver Nuggets February 25, 1997 46 27 5 3 No No [ae]
9 Jones, EddieEddie Jones Charlotte Hornets 98–89 Indiana Pacers November 4, 1999 36 22 3 3 No Yes
9 Pierce, PaulPaul Pierce^ Boston Celtics 96–84 Miami Heat December 3, 1999 38 26 5 4 No No [af]
9 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson* (2) Philadelphia 76ers 89–85 Orlando Magic March 19, 2000 42 18 3 10 No No [ag]
9 Miller, AndreAndre Miller^ Cleveland Cavaliers 91–94 Philadelphia 76ers December 15, 2001 44 14 4 22 No No [ah]
9 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson* (3) Philadelphia 76ers 107–104 Los Angeles Lakers December 20, 2002 48 32 2 5 No Yes [ai]
9 Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki^ Dallas Mavericks 98–101 Houston Rockets March 7, 2004 45 18 1 1 No No
9 Alston, RaferRafer Alston Houston Rockets 104–83 Charlotte Bobcats February 10, 2007 41:13 14 1 8 No No [aj]
9 Paul, ChrisChris Paul^ New Orleans Hornets 104–93 Dallas Mavericks February 20, 2008 40:38 31 5 11 No Yes [ak]
9 Chalmers, MarioMario Chalmers^ Miami Heat 106–83 Philadelphia 76ers November 5, 2008 30:32 6 4 6 No No [al]
9 Wall, JohnJohn Wall^ Washington Wizards 116–115 Philadelphia 76ers November 2, 2010 44:48 29 2 13 No No [am]
9 Carter-Williams, MichaelMichael Carter-Williams^ Philadelphia 76ers 114–110 Miami Heat October 30, 2013 36:10 22 7 12 No No [an] [1]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Kendall Gill had quarterly steals of 0, 5, 3 and 3. He had no steals in the first quarter.
  2. ^ Jerry West had 6 steals in the first half and 4 steals in the second half.
  3. ^ Larry Steele barely missed a quadruple-double, by one assist.
  4. ^ Fred Brown had 8 steals in a half, tying the NBA record.
  5. ^ This was the second game of a double header, which was only the second double header in NBA history.
  6. ^ Fat Lever had 8 steals in the third quarter, setting the NBA record. He had 8 steals in the second half, tying the NBA record.
  7. ^ Clyde Drexler barely missed a quadruple-double, by one rebound.
  8. ^ Alvin Robertson achieved the second quadruple-double in NBA history. It is the only NBA quadruple-double with steals as one of the four statistics in double figures.
  9. ^ Ron Harper established the rookie single-game record. He had five steals in each half.
  10. ^ Michael Jordan had 6 steals within the third quarter. He left the game early due to the Bulls' comfortable lead.
  11. ^ The game went to overtime.
  12. ^ Clyde Drexler had 8 steals in the second half, tying the NBA record. It was the first game of the season, marking the most steals in a season opener. For a second time in his career, Drexler barely missed a quadruple-double, this time by one assist.
  13. ^ Allen Iverson had quarterly steals of 3, 3, 3 and 1.
  14. ^ Michael Finley had 8 steals in the first half, tying the NBA record. He had 5 steals in the first quarter.
  15. ^ Rick Barry barely missed a quadruple-double, by one steal.
  16. ^ Slick Watts fouled out of the game.
  17. ^ Quinn Buckner was a rookie. The Bucks combined for 21 steals.
  18. ^ Gus Williams had 8 steals in the second half, tying the NBA record.
  19. ^ Ron Lee shot 6–12 from three-point range, tying the NBA record for three-point attempts at the time.
  20. ^ Dudley Bradley had eight steals in the second half, tying the NBA record. He had six steals in the fourth quarter.
  21. ^ Dudley Bradley had five steals in the fourth quarter.
  22. ^ Magic Johnson had five steals in a half and four steals in the other half.
  23. ^ The game went to overtime. Darwin Cook fouled out.
  24. ^ Johnny Moore barely missed a quadruple-double, by one steal.
  25. ^ Larry Bird did not play in the fourth quarter due to the Celtics' 22 point lead, as well as his own volition. He barely missed a quadruple-double, by one steal.
  26. ^ Micheal Ray Richardson registered a triple-double, and nearly reached a quadruple-double. The game went to triple overtime.
  27. ^ Maurice Cheeks had seven steals in a half.
  28. ^ T. R. Dunn did not start the game. Teammate Fat Lever had eight steals in the same game. It is the only time in NBA history that two teammates have both collected eight or more steals in the same game.
  29. ^ Michael Jordan had 8 steals in the first half, tying the NBA record.
  30. ^ Doc Rivers had seven steals in a half.
  31. ^ The game went to overtime.
  32. ^ Paul Pierce had six steals in the first quarter and seven steals in the first half.
  33. ^ Allen Iverson had seven steals in the second half.
  34. ^ Andre Miller had six steals in the second half.
  35. ^ The game went to overtime.
  36. ^ Rafer Alston had eight steals in the second half, tying the NBA record.
  37. ^ Chris Paul had seven steals in the first half.
  38. ^ Mario Chalmers was a rookie.
  39. ^ John Wall was a rookie. He had seven steals in the second half. The game went to overtime.
  40. ^ The game was Michael Carter-Williams' NBA debut, marking the most steals in an NBA debut.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press (October 30, 2013). "Michael Carter-Williams, 76ers hold on, stun Dwyane Wade-less Heat". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  • Sporting News, The (2005). 2005–06 Official NBA Guide.