Sachin Shenolikar

Dirk Makes History

  • Hoophead
  • Sachin Shenolikar
  • May 18, 2011, 3:44 PM

Dirk Nowitzki had an epic performance in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. He went 12 for 15 from the field and made a record 24 of 24 shots from the free throw line to score 48 points in the Mavs win. Was Nowitzki's huge night the greatest shooting performance in NBA history? I looked into the matter.

In NBA history, only two other times has a player scored 40 points while shooting better than
80 percent from the field and 100 percent from the free-throw line (minimum of 10 attempts):

1. Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors, February 20, 2008, against the Orlando Magic: 40 points on
14 for 16 shooting from the field and 11 for 11 from the free throw line

2. Cedric Ceballos, Phoenix Suns, March 9, 1993, against the Sacramento Kings: 40 points on
14 for 15 shooting from the field and 12 for 12 from the free throw line

Since Nowitzki scored eight more points than Bosh and Ceballos — and accomplished his feat in a playoff game — he gets the nod over those two in this case.

If you allow for a little imperfection from the free throw line, Portland Trail Blazers point guard Terry Porter's performance in a May 19, 1992 Western Conference Finals game against the Utah Jazz can be compared with Nowitzki's night: Porter had 41 points on 12 of 14 shooting from the field and 13 of 14 makes from the charity stripe.

Also, Elton Brand of the Los Angeles Clippers scored 40 points on May 8, 2006, in a second-round playoff game against the Phoenix Suns. Brand was 18 for 22 from the field and four of six from the line.

Porter, Brand, and Nowitzki are the only three players in NBA history to reach 40 points in a playoff game while shooting better than 80 percent from the field. But once again, Nowitzki gets the nod here because he scored a lot more points than Porter and Brand. Plus, consider this: Counting free throws, Nowitzki took 39 shot attempts in last night's game — and missed only three shots total.

Sure, there have been other impressive shooting displays in NBA history. But considering Nowitzki's high point total, the magnitude of the game, the difficulty of the shots he was taking (mostly contested jumpers), and his perfect showing at the free-throw line, I consider his game last night to be the greatest shooting performance of all time.

What did you think of Dirk's big night? Let me know in the comments below! 

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NO WAY! Wilt Chamberlain's 100 points (in my opinion) is the best shooting performance EVER! Michael Jordan's 69 points takes 2nd place. GO MICHAEL JORDAN!

This was the greatest shooting performance ever? NO WAY! Wilt Chamberlain's 100 points was (arguably) the best shooting performance EVER! Michael Jordan's
69 playoff points claims 2nd place.M.J.#1

john wall is on the wizards go wizards!!!!!

Move over LeBron the new star of the NBA is DIRK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was a good commitment and effort, but, there's a lot more to be accomplished for Dirk. Don't get me wrong he probably one of the top 15/20 players in the NBA's history.
But it wasn't the greatest in the NBA. Look back into Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Jabbar, and Magic, etc. And there's a lot to choose from.
Personally i think there is no BEST play in the NBA. THERE'S A LOT OF GOOD THINGS IN THE NBA.

dirk is overrated and all of u no it...yeah uh-huh,you know that he and yellow, blue and yellow, just like my durantula t-shirt..its all good thunder u know u were the better team in the confrence finals...the refs were probably from dallas....or austin

Ya right Lebron is overated.People are starting to think that he's better than MJ.I dont know about you but thats going to far.

Your really good at blogs,hoop head!

lebron james is the best so just write that down king james is awesome

LeBron is a BIG JERK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE SHOULD NOT HAVE LEFT THE CAVS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lets go mavs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


That was definatly not one of the greatest shooting performances ever. It was good, but think of all the other great ones- wilt's 100, kobe's 81, Jordan's 63, baylor's 61. Maybe even gervin and melo with 33 in a single quarter.

How do you know everything cause your comment has too many words

They beat the lake show!!!!!!!!!!!!

sachin dirk culd beat you so u dont have room to talk go mavs

but lebron culd wup up on dirk

go dirk

go dirk

hello mommy i did great on a game just wanted to let you know and yes i am being good.

You should email the editor and say THAT should be in the pic...


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