How much do you know about these NBA records and stats?


By: John Miller

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The NBA is a statistics-lover's dream — amazing athletes log eye-popping numbers every season. How much do you know about these incredible pro basketball records?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar set which record during his 20-year career?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had a famous skyhook shot that was nearly unblockable, and he almost always made it. He scored an NBA-record 38,387 points during his amazing career with the L.A. Lakers.


Karl Malone is one of the most famous players in Utah Jazz history, but he has an infamous NBA record. What is it?

Malone dominated the paint in the 90s. He also dominated the technical foul category. He committed 332 during his career, more than Charles Barkley (329) and Rasheed Wallace (317).


Golden State owns the record for most regular-season wins (73) in NBA history. Who was the MVP of that team?

Steph Curry propelled Golden State to a record 73 wins, in part by regularly sinking half-court shots against outgunned opponents. He's currently a two-time league MVP.


During the 1971-72 season, the L.A. Lakers set which record?

For a time, the 71-72 Lakers were unstoppable. They won 33 straight games, a feat that no team has ever equaled.


True or false: Michael Jordan has the record for most career three-pointers made.

Jordan was an all-around great player, but he wasn't a three-point specialist. Ray Allen, however, poured in 2,973 three-point bombs, the most in league history.


During his career, Reggie Miller made the second-most three pointers in NBA history. For which team did he play?

Miller was the agile shooting guard who played his whole 18-year career with Indiana. He made 2,560 three pointers during his tenure, which is still about 400 fewer than all-time leader Ray Allen.


Bill Russell won more NBA titles (11) than any other player. He played for which team?

Bill Russell was the towering center for the Boston Celtics in the 50s and 60s. He won an incredible 11 titles from 1956 to 1969.


In 2016, Klay Thompson set an NBA record for most three pointers in a single playoff game. For which team did Thompson play?

During the 2016 playoffs, Klay Thompson sank 11 three pointers for Golden State to force a seventh game against the Thunder. Klay had 41 points in the game, and the Warriors went on to face the Cavaliers in the Finals.


Larry Bird is the only player in NBA history to average 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 _____ during his career.

Bird is the only NBA player ever to average a 20, 10, 5. In other words, he averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists per game.


In 2008, Carmelo Anthony set which NBA record?

During a December game versus the Timberwolves, Anthony did something no other NBA player has ever done -- he scored 26 consecutive points.


While playing for the Toronto Raptors, point guard José Calderón set an NBA record for what?

José Calderón played eight seasons for the Raptors and became a free throw expert. He set the all-time NBA record by shooting 98.1 percent from the charity stripe in one season.


Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki once made ______ free throws in a single game without a miss, an NBA playoff record.

In 2011, the Mavericks squared off against the Thunder and Nowitzki was unstoppable, making 12 of 15 field goal attempts and 24 free throws without a single miss. He scored 48 points en route to Dallas' first-ever NBA title.


John Stockton was the sharp-eyed point guard for the Utah Jazz. He set an NBA record in which category?

Stockton's amazing court vision and quick hands made him the all-time leader in assists. He had 15,806 during his storied career.


Golden State set the NBA regular-season record with 73 wins. Which team has the second most wins?

Michael Jordan and the Bulls dunked the rest of the league by notching 72 wins during the 1995-96 season. Then they went on to win three more titles with M.J. at the helm.


Wilt Chamberlain set which NBA record?

During the '61-62 season, Chamberlain was an incredible scoring machine. He averaged 50.4 points per game for an entire season. No other player has averaged even 40 points per game.


In 2015, DeAndre Jordan set the record for most free throw attempts in a single half. How many did he attempt?

The Houston Rockets didn't want DeAndre Jordan to make a shot -- any shot -- so they fouled him like crazy. He attempted a ridiculous 28 free throws in a single half against the Rockets.


A.C. Green earned the nickname "Iron Man" because he set an NBA record for consecutive ______.

Green played most of his famed career with the Lakers. He set a record for consecutive games played (1,192). He missed just three games from '85-01.


Which player owns the record for most free throw attempts in a single playoff game?

During a 2000 playoff game, the Indiana Pacers took the Hack-a-Shaq strategy to a whole new low … they sent O'Neal to the line 39 times. The plan worked -- Shaq made just 18 of those attempts.


In January 2015, the Atlanta Hawks set a record by winning 17 games in what time period?

In one month, the Hawks caught fire. They set an NBA record by winning 17 games in a single month (January). They were later swept by the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.


Wilt Chamberlain scored the most points ever in a single NBA game. How many points did he score?

Chamberlain was known for his amazing scoring bursts. In 1962 he scored 100 points against the New York Knicks. His Philadelphia Warriors scored 169 points to the Knicks' 147.


Mark Eaton was an incredible 7 feet 4 inches tall. He set which NBA record?

During the '84-85 season, Eaton was a defensive monster. He set a single-season record of 5.6 blocks per game. In the NBA, it (literally) pays to be tall.


In a single game, Wilt Chamberlain managed to get 55 in which statistical category?

In 1960, Chamberlain and the Philadelphia Warriors played the Celtics and lost. But the steely center somehow grabbed 55 rebounds in the process.


Who scored the most points ever in a single playoff game?

In 1986, the Jordan and the Bulls battled the Celtics in an epic double-overtime game. When the dust settled, Boston triumphed 135 to 131 … and M.J. scored 63 points in a losing effort.


Which team was the first ever to reach the NBA Finals without losing a single playoff game?

In 2017, Golden State won all 12 postseason games to reach the Finals. The Warriors were the first team in NBA history to accomplish this feat.


Which player has the highest scoring average ever for one PLAYOFF series?

Jerry West was the legendary point guard for the Lakers in the 60s and 70s. During the '65 Western Finals, he averaged 46.3 points per game versus the Baltimore Bullets.


Four players share the dubious record for most misses in a playoff game. How many did they miss?

Sometimes you just have to know when to stop. But Michael Jordan, Rick Barry, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant just kept throwing up bricks -- each missed 26 times during a playoff game during their careers.


During the 2016-17 season, Russell Westbrook broke the NBA record for ______.

Following Kevin Durant's departure from Oklahoma City, Westbrook became the Thunder's star player. He set a record for most triple doubles (42) in a season.


During the 2017 playoffs, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook set the record for shot attempts in a single QUARTER. How many shots did he take?

During a loss to the Rockets, Westbrook chucked 18 shots in the fourth quarter alone. He made just four. For the game, he attempted an incredible 43 shots and scored 51 points. The Thunder lost the game.


Which player does NOT share the record of 15 assists in a single HALF of a playoff game?

Kobe Bryant liked to shoot, not share. But Johnson, Steve Nash and Doc Rivers all share the record of 15 assists in a single playoff half.


Which player holds the record for most three pointers made in one HALF of a playoff game?

In 2001, Vince Carter played for the Raptors and he torched the 76ers for eight three-pointers during the first half of a playoff game. He went on to score 50 total points for the game.


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