NBA basketball is one of the most consistently entertaining sports in the world. It’s a high-scoring game where the greatest stars pull off incredible feats. A quick glance at the record books shows that Wilt Chamberlain is obviously the only player ever to score 100 points. But what about the best scoring performances of the modern era?
We broke down the greatest NBA scoring performances of the 2000s. It’s fascinating to see the players who dominated the scoring charts with miraculous displays over the years. Kobe Bryant appeared several times because he was arguably the most elite shooter of his era. Surprisingly enough, Lebron James only has a single appearance on this list. Check them out here.
Damian Lillard vs. Jazz
Lillard ties Kobe Bryant for the most appearances on this list of top scorers since 2000. The Trail Blazers star is one of the most electrifying shooters of the decade. He scored 60 against the Utah Jazz in 2023 and set the court ablaze. He put nine three-pointers past the Salt Lake City franchise in a devastating performance.
The amazing aspect of this is that he made it look effortless. After the game, Lillard said, “I knew we needed to win so I came out with a mentality to attack and be aggressive, but it wasn’t like I just came out on fire. It wasn’t one of those games.” The crazy thing is that he apparently wasn’t even trying that hard (via ESPN).