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List of National Basketball Association players with most assists in a game

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List of National Basketball Association players with most assists in a game

This is a complete listing of National Basketball Association players who have recorded 20 or more assists in a game.

59 different players have recorded 20 or more assists in a game. It has occurred 208 times in the regular season and 19 times in the playoffs.

Seven players have accomplished the feat in a playoff game: Magic Johnson (10 times), John Stockton (4 times), Johnny Moore, Glenn "Doc" Rivers, Tim Hardaway, Steve Nash, and Rajon Rondo.

Three players have performed the feat ten or more times overall: John Stockton (38 times), Magic Johnson (32), and Kevin Porter (18).

^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Occurred in playoff competition
MP Minutes played Pts Points Reb Rebounds
Stl Steals Blk Blocks Tov Turnovers
Team FG% Rest of team's field goal percentage (subtracting player's own shooting)
Assists Player Team Date Opponent Score MP Pts Reb Stl Blk Tov Team FG% 20-20 Led the league in assists Notes Ref.
30 Skiles, ScottScott Skiles Orlando Magic 01990-12-30December 30, 1990 Denver Nuggets 155–116 44 22 6 2 0 4 .574 (54–94) Yes No 14 assists in first half, 10 assists in third quarter, 6 assists in fourth quarter. Skiles passed for more than twice as many assists as the opposing team, 30–14.
29 Porter, KevinKevin Porter New Jersey Nets 01978-02-24February 24, 1978 Houston Rockets 126–112 48 14 5 .557 (44–79) No Yes Porter passed for more assists than the opposing team, 29–18.
28 Cousy, BobBob Cousy* Boston Celtics 01959-02-27February 27, 1959 Minneapolis Lakers 173–139 45 31 5 .496 (62–125) Yes Yes 19 assists in a half, setting the NBA record, and 12 assists in a quarter, the NBA record at the time. Cousy passed for more assists than the opposing team, 28–15.
28 Rodgers, GuyGuy Rodgers San Francisco Warriors 01963-03-14March 14, 1963 St. Louis Hawks 109–114 48 14 5 .588 (40–68) No Yes 16 assists in one half. More assists than the opposing team, 28–24.
28 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* Utah Jazz 01991-01-15January 15, 1991 San Antonio Spurs 124–102 39 20 3 8 0 5 .543 (44–81) Yes Yes 15 assists in the second half. More assists than the opposing team, 28–27.
27 Huston, GeoffGeoff Huston Cleveland Cavaliers Golden State Warriors 110–106 46 24 1 Yes No
27 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (2) Utah Jazz New York Knicks 107–115 36 18 3 2 0 2 .582 (39–67) No Yes More assists than the opposing team, 27–25.
26 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (3) Utah Jazz Portland Trail Blazers 123–128 45 17 3 2 0 2 .566 (47–83) No Yes
25 DiGregorio, ErnieErnie DiGregorio Buffalo Braves Portland Trail Blazers 120–119 48 20 9 Yes Yes Rookie single-game record.
25 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (2) Detroit Pistons Boston Celtics 160–119 37 30 3 Yes Yes
25 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (3) Detroit Pistons Phoenix Suns 105–116 46 13 3 No Yes
25 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* Detroit Pistons Dallas Mavericks 124–119 41 23 5 2 0 5 .533 (48–90) Yes Yes 16 assists in the first half.
25 McMillan, NateNate McMillan Seattle SuperSonics Los Angeles Clippers 124–112 41 8 8 1 4 3 .449 (44–98) No No Rookie single-game record. 17 assists in the second half. More assists than the opposing team, 25–24.
25 Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson Phoenix Suns San Antonio Spurs 107–95 41 16 3 0 0 4 .535 (38–71) No No
25 Kidd, JasonJason Kidd Dallas Mavericks Utah Jazz 136–133 49 20 4 4 0 5 .591 (39–66) Yes No Double overtime. More assists than the opposing team, 25–23.
24 Rodgers, GuyGuy Rodgers (2) Chicago Bulls New York Knicks 110–107 18 No Yes
24 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (4) Washington Bullets Detroit Pistons 119–114 44 12 1 .562 (50–89) No No
24 Lucas, JohnJohn Lucas San Antonio Spurs Denver Nuggets 157–154 28 0 0 .641 (66–103) No No Did not start game. 14 assists in the second quarter, setting the NBA record. The Spurs had 50 assists. Last game of season.
24 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* Los Angeles Lakers Phoenix Suns 118–102 38 6 7 5 2 4 .586 (51–87) No 13 assists in the second half, setting a playoff record at the time.
24 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* (2) Detroit Pistons 01985-02-07February 7, 1985 Washington Bullets 126–128 50 25 10 2 1 2 .495 (48–97) Yes Yes Triple-double. Double overtime.
24 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (4) Utah Jazz Los Angeles Lakers 109–111 48 23 3 5 0 3 .515 (34–66) Yes 14 assists in the first half.
24 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (5) Utah Jazz Houston Rockets 102–104 45 26 1 6 0 1 .508 (31–61) Yes Yes More assists than the opposing team, 24–22.
24 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (2) Los Angeles Lakers Denver Nuggets 119–105 40 24 8 6 1 3 .533 (40–75) Yes No More assists than the opposing team, 24–15.
24 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (3) Los Angeles Lakers Phoenix Suns 118–121 45 24 6 2 2 4 .452 (38–84) Yes No Overtime. 16 assists in the first half.
24 Sessions, RamonRamon Sessions^ Milwaukee Bucks Chicago Bulls 135–151 44:27 20 8 1 1 2 .573 (43–75) Yes No Rookie.
24 Rondo, RajonRajon Rondo^ Boston Celtics 02010-10-29October 29, 2010 New York Knicks 105–101 45:20 10 10 1 0 7 .506 (40–79) No No Triple-double. Tied the opposing team in assists.
23 West, JerryJerry West* Los Angeles Lakers Philadelphia 76ers 143–133 24 6 .567 (51–90) Yes No Elgin Baylor scored 44 points in the same game.
23 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (5) Detroit Pistons Houston Rockets 131–119 41 20 3 Yes Yes
23 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (6) Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers 113–124 43 15 3 No Yes
23 Archibald, Nate "Tiny"Nate "Tiny" Archibald* Boston Celtics Denver Nuggets 145–144 38 15 4 No No The Celtics scored 50 points in the first quarter and 85 in the first half.
23 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (4) Los Angeles Lakers Seattle SuperSonics 128–112 36 9 5 2 .628 (54–86) No Yes 12 assists in the first quarter, tying the NBA record at the time. 18 assists in the first half.
23 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (5) Los Angeles Lakers Portland Trail Blazers 130–126 41 13 7 1 0 6 .566 (43–76) No 15 assists in the first half, setting the playoff record.
23 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (6) Los Angeles Lakers Dallas Mavericks 114–107 42 8 10 0 1 8 .632 (43–68) No No Tied the opposing team in assists, 23–23.
23 Lever, Lafayette "Fat"Lafayette "Fat" Lever Denver Nuggets Golden State Warriors 139–121 42 15 13 5 0 1 .579 (55–95) No No Triple-double.
23 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (6) Utah Jazz Los Angeles Lakers 107–104 44 15 4 3 0 3 .521 (37–71) No Yes Second time that Karl Malone scored 40+ points and Stockton had 20+ assists. More assists than the opposing team, 23–20.
23 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (7) Utah Jazz Los Angeles Clippers 105–95 41 27 3 4 0 1 .492 (31–63) Yes Yes More assists than the opposing team, 23–22.
23 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (8) Utah Jazz Golden State Warriors 135–108 36 21 2 2 1 4 .608 (48–79) Yes Yes
23 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (9) Utah Jazz Minnesota Timberwolves 120–106 36 9 2 5 0 4 .569 (41–72) No Yes
23 Blaylock, Daron "Mookie"Daron "Mookie" Blaylock Atlanta Hawks Utah Jazz 139–118 37 11 0 4 0 2 .545 (48–88) No No
23 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (10) Utah Jazz Portland Trail Blazers 110–102 41 11 2 0 0 1 .581 (36–62) No 14 assists in the second half. More assists than the opposing team, 23–20.
23 Van Exel, NickNick Van Exel Los Angeles Lakers Vancouver Grizzlies 95–82 44 8 8 1 0 2 .500 (34–68) No No More assists than the opposing team, 23–21.
23 Tinsley, JamaalJamaal Tinsley Indiana Pacers Washington Wizards 110–103 45 19 11 1 1 5 .541 (40–74) No No Triple-double. Rookie.
23 Nash, SteveSteve Nash^ Phoenix Suns Los Angeles Lakers 113–100 39:05 17 1 2 1 3 .493 (35–71) No 15 assists in the first half, tying the playoff record. More assists than the opposing team, 23–21.
23 Rondo, RajonRajon Rondo^ (2) Boston Celtics 02011-01-05January 5, 2011 San Antonio Spurs 105–103 43:30 12 10 6 1 5 .615 (40–65) No No Triple-double. More assists than the opposing team, 23–20. Rondo had 21 assists after three quarters.
22 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* Cincinnati Royals Syracuse Nationals 139–132 26 11 Yes Yes Triple-double. 8 assists in the first quarter.
22 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* (2) Cincinnati Royals New York Knicks 149–145 44 8 Yes Yes Overtime (Robertson scored seven points in OT).
22 Williams, ArtArt Williams San Diego Rockets Phoenix Suns 136–126 42 8 9 .490 (50–102) No No 11 assists in each half. First time that Elvin Hayes scored 40+ points and Williams had 20+ assists. Hayes had an unofficial triple-double of 40 points, 18 rebounds and 13 blocked shots (unofficially recorded).
22 Williams, ArtArt Williams (2) San Diego Rockets San Francisco Warriors 141–123 27 8 6 .489 (45–92) No No Second time that Elvin Hayes scored 40+ points and Williams had 20+ assists. Hayes had an unofficial triple-double of 41 points, 27 rebounds and 10 blocks (unofficially recorded).
22 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (7) Washington Bullets Atlanta Hawks 118–112 46 14 2 .495 (48–97) No Yes Washington's 22nd consecutive win at home.
22 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (8) Detroit Pistons San Antonio Spurs 126–130 45 10 1 No Yes
22 Ford, PhilPhil Ford Kansas City Kings Milwaukee Bucks 133–117 44 26 5 5 0 6 .537 (44–82) Yes No Rookie.
22 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (9) Detroit Pistons Chicago Bulls 117–124 44 32 5 Yes Yes
22 Lucas, JohnJohn Lucas (2) Golden State Warriors Denver Nuggets 130–137 36 13 5 No No
22 Leavell, AllenAllen Leavell Houston Rockets New Jersey Nets 114–111 41 24 7 .574 (39–68) Yes No
22 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (7) Los Angeles Lakers Cleveland Cavaliers 127–114 37 23 9 3 .569 (41–72) Yes Yes 16 assists in the second half.
22 Whatley, EnnisEnnis Whatley Chicago Bulls New York Knicks 111–113 41 8 5 .476 (39–82) No No Rookie.
22 Whatley, EnnisEnnis Whatley (2) Chicago Bulls Atlanta Hawks 102–98 37 10 2 .585 (38–65) No No Rookie.
22 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (11) Utah Jazz Los Angeles Lakers 107–101 43 11 5 1 0 2 .471 (41–87) No No
22 Rivers, Glenn "Doc"Glenn "Doc" Rivers Atlanta Hawks Boston Celtics 118–109 38 14 4 3 0 1 .512 (43–84) No 15 assists in the first half, tying the playoff record.
22 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (12) Utah Jazz Cleveland Cavaliers 110–113 44 14 2 4 0 4 .494 (40–81) No Yes Overtime.
22 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (8) Los Angeles Lakers Portland Trail Blazers 123–125 49 24 6 3 0 5 .534 (39–73) Yes No Overtime.
22 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (13) Utah Jazz Philadelphia 76ers 112–98 32 17 2 2 0 1 .532 (41–77) No Yes
22 Douglas, ShermanSherman Douglas Boston Celtics Philadelphia 76ers 135–112 46 27 8 3 0 4 .545 (48–88) Yes No
22 Hardaway, TimTim Hardaway Golden State Warriors Orlando Magic 128–131 45 15 1 5 0 4 .535 (46–86) No No Overtime.
22 Pack, RobertRobert Pack New Jersey Nets Dallas Mavericks 114–91 39 17 2 5 0 4 .453 (39–86) No No
22 Jackson, MarkMark Jackson Denver Nuggets New Jersey Nets 132–123 40 21 7 0 0 2 .551 (43–78) Yes Yes 12 assists in the first quarter.
22 McCloud, GeorgeGeorge McCloud Denver Nuggets Chicago Bulls 109–104 49 5 4 0 0 5 .520 (39–75) No No Overtime.
22 Miller, AndreAndre Miller^ Cleveland Cavaliers Philadelphia 76ers 91–94 44 14 4 9 0 4 .451 (32–71) No No
22 Nash, SteveSteve Nash^ (2) Phoenix Suns New York Knicks 133–140 55:28 28 5 1 0 4 .494 (43–87) Yes Yes Triple overtime.
22 Duhon, ChrisChris Duhon^ New York Knicks Golden State Warriors 138–125 45:15 12 4 1 0 3 .521 (50–96) No No
21 Guerin, RichieRichie Guerin* New York Knicks 01958-12-12December 12, 1958 St. Louis Hawks 106–104 18 No No
21 Cousy, BobBob Cousy* (2) Boston Celtics 01960-12-21December 21, 1960 St. Louis Hawks 120–108 25 Yes No
21 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* (3) Cincinnati Royals 01964-02-14February 14, 1964 New York Knicks 126–114 29 11 Yes Yes Triple-double.
21 Rodgers, GuyGuy Rodgers (3) Chicago Bulls 01966-10-18October 18, 1966 San Francisco Warriors 119–116 22 10 Yes Yes Triple-double.
21 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia 76ers 01968-02-02February 2, 1968 Detroit Pistons 131–121 48 22 25 .533 (48–90) Yes Yes Only 20-20-20 in NBA history.
21 Rodgers, GuyGuy Rodgers (4) Milwaukee Bucks 01968-10-31October 31, 1968 Detroit Pistons 134–118 15 No No
21 Haskins, ClemClem Haskins Chicago Bulls 01969-12-06December 6, 1969 Boston Celtics 116–114 23 Yes No Overtime.
21 Siegfried, LarryLarry Siegfried San Diego Rockets 01970-11-16November 16, 1970 Portland Trail Blazers 136–118 15 No No
21 Archibald, Nate "Tiny"Nate "Tiny" Archibald* (2) Kansas City-Omaha Kings 01972-12-15December 15, 1972 Detroit Pistons 140–132 41 Yes Yes Overtime. Game played at Omaha, Nebraska.
21 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (10) Washington Bullets 01975-03-02March 2, 1975 Los Angeles Lakers 117–104 32 4 3 .480 (47–98) No Yes
21 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (11) Detroit Pistons 01979-02-06February 6, 1979 Houston Rockets 108–113 19 No Yes
21 Ford, PhilPhil Ford (2) Kansas City Kings 01979-02-23February 23, 1979 Phoenix Suns 121–112 22 Yes No Rookie.
21 Cheeks, MauriceMaurice Cheeks Philadelphia 76ers 01982-10-30October 30, 1982 New Jersey Nets 110–99 43 16 3 0 .537 (36–67) No No
21 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (9) Los Angeles Lakers 01983-01-15January 15, 1983 Atlanta Hawks 120–101 37 13 17 .528 (47–89) No Yes Triple-double. 13 assists in the first half, and 20 assists after three quarters.
21 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (10) Los Angeles Lakers 01984-06-03June 3, 1984 Boston Celtics 137–104 39 14 11 1 1 2 .505 (49–97) No Triple-double.
21 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* (3) Detroit Pistons 01984-12-22December 22, 1984 Kansas City Kings 123–129 35 22 3 2 0 3 .537 (44–82) Yes Yes
21 Whatley, EnnisEnnis Whatley (3) Chicago Bulls 01985-02-23February 23, 1985 Golden State Warriors 140–125 31 1 0 1 0 2 .690 (60–87) No No Did not start game. More assists than the opposing team, 21–17. The Bulls passed for 49 assists.
21 Nixon, NormNorm Nixon Los Angeles Clippers 01985-03-18March 18, 1985 Detroit Pistons 136–116 29 20 4 1 0 3 .622 (51–82) Yes No
21 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* (4) Detroit Pistons 01985-04-12April 12, 1985 Washington Bullets 102–96 37 17 5 0 0 4 .453 (39–86) No Yes
21 Rivers, Glenn "Doc"Glenn "Doc" Rivers (2) Atlanta Hawks 01986-03-04March 4, 1986 Philadelphia 76ers 128–121 36 11 4 5 0 5 .608 (48–79) No No
21 McMillan, NateNate McMillan (2) Seattle SuperSonics 01987-03-31March 31, 1987 Sacramento Kings 132–129 34 6 3 3 0 2 .539 (48–89) No No Rookie.
21 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (14) Utah Jazz 01988-02-19February 19, 1988 Los Angeles Clippers 98–88 42 19 2 8 0 4 .430 (34–79) No Yes More assists than the opposing team, 21–19.
21 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (15) Utah Jazz 01988-02-20February 20, 1988 Los Angeles Clippers 120–103 35 16 0 6 0 1 .530 (44–83) No Yes
21 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (16) Utah Jazz 01988-03-22March 22, 1988 Phoenix Suns 103–96 42 16 5 2 2 3 .438 (35–80) No Yes
21 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (17) Utah Jazz 01988-04-20April 20, 1988 Los Angeles Clippers 112–106 38 13 1 5 0 3 .427 (38–89) No Yes Tied the opposing team in assists, 21–21.
21 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (18) Utah Jazz 01988-11-19November 19, 1988 Phoenix Suns 134–121 42 19 1 7 0 3 .536 (45–84) No Yes
21 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (11) Los Angeles Lakers 01988-12-06December 6, 1988 Los Angeles Clippers 111–102 41 25 8 2 0 4 .486 (34–70) Yes No
21 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (19) Utah Jazz 01989-02-14February 14, 1989 Denver Nuggets 119–105 34 22 2 3 1 2 .474 (36–76) Yes Yes
21 Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson (2) Phoenix Suns 01989-02-26February 26, 1989 Los Angeles Lakers 122–134 45 30 2 4 1 4 .575 (42–73) Yes No Magic Johnson of the Lakers passed for 19 assists in the same game.
21 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (12) Los Angeles Lakers 01989-04-23April 23, 1989 Seattle SuperSonics 121–117 40 29 9 1 0 2 .568 (42–74) Yes No
21 Grant, GaryGary Grant Los Angeles Clippers 01989-11-29November 29, 1989 Milwaukee Bucks 103–117 39 10 1 3 0 8 .554 (36–65) No No
21 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (13) Los Angeles Lakers 01989-12-15December 15, 1989 Boston Celtics 119–110 43 16 6 6 0 3 .580 (40–69) No No
21 Grant, GaryGary Grant (2) Los Angeles Clippers 01990-01-18January 18, 1990 Seattle SuperSonics 105–95 41 10 2 3 0 3 .544 (37–68) No No
21 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (20) Utah Jazz 01990-03-01March 1, 1990 Portland Trail Blazers 119–102 40 26 4 2 0 3 .494 (38–77) Yes Yes
21 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (21) Utah Jazz 01990-03-13March 13, 1990 Phoenix Suns 106–114 43 18 5 2 0 4 .508 (30–59) No Yes
21 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (22) Utah Jazz 01990-12-11December 11, 1990 Golden State Warriors 135–117 36 15 4 1 0 6 .608 (45–74) No Yes
21 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (14) Los Angeles Lakers 01990-12-16December 16, 1990 Indiana Pacers 115–112 39 29 7 1 0 7 .464 (32–69) Yes No
21 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (15) Los Angeles Lakers 01991-04-27April 27, 1991 Houston Rockets 109–98 45 13 7 1 0 3 .552 (37–67) No
21 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (16) Los Angeles Lakers 01991-05-18May 18, 1991 Portland Trail Blazers 111–106 43 15 6 2 0 2 .553 (42–76) No
21 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (23) Utah Jazz 01992-04-19April 19, 1992 San Antonio Spurs 101–90 44 17 8 4 0 4 .556 (35–63) No Yes
21 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (24) Utah Jazz 01992-04-24April 24, 1992 Los Angeles Clippers 115–97 39 10 2 1 0 1 .577 (41–71) No
21 Skiles, ScottScott Skiles (2) Orlando Magic 01993-04-16April 16, 1993 Cleveland Cavaliers 110–113 44 12 6 1 1 5 .562 (41–73) No No
21 Douglas, ShermanSherman Douglas (2) Boston Celtics 01993-12-08December 8, 1993 Sacramento Kings 129–115 45 18 4 0 0 3 .579 (44–76) No No
21 Nash, SteveSteve Nash^ (3) Phoenix Suns 02007-01-11January 11, 2007 Cleveland Cavaliers 109–90 30:15 4 4 1 0 1 .500 (41–82) No Yes
21 Williams, DeronDeron Williams^ Utah Jazz 02007-01-24January 24, 2007 Memphis Grizzlies 130–132 41:34 7 5 0 1 1 .600 (51–85) No No Overtime.
21 Paul, ChrisChris Paul^ New Orleans Hornets 02007-11-06November 6, 2007 Los Angeles Lakers 118–104 35:06 19 3 3 0 2 .493 (35–71) No Yes
21 Nash, SteveSteve Nash^ (4) Phoenix Suns 02009-02-08February 8, 2009 Detroit Pistons 107–97 33:56 15 3 1 0 2 .507 (36–71) No No
21 Williams, DeronDeron Williams^ (2) New Jersey Nets 02011-04-05April 5, 2011 Minnesota Timberwolves 107–105 42:43 18 4 2 1 2 .486 (36–74) No No
20 Davies, BobBob Davies Rochester Royals 01955-01-22January 22, 1955 Boston Celtics 121–110 25 Yes No 13 assists in the first half, and 18 assists after three quarters. Sat out the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter and set a then NBA record with his 20th assist with 25 seconds left in the game.
20 Rodgers, GuyGuy Rodgers (5) Philadelphia Warriors 01960-12-01December 1, 1960 Los Angeles Lakers 117–114 6 9 .427 (47–110) No No
20 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* (4) Cincinnati Royals 01961-02-19February 19, 1961 Los Angeles Lakers 112–106 43 9 Yes Yes Rookie.
20 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* (5) Cincinnati Royals 01961-12-11December 11, 1961 Chicago Packers 133–117 32 15 Yes Yes Triple-double. Game played at Dayton, Ohio.
20 Rodgers, GuyGuy Rodgers (6) Philadelphia Warriors 01962-03-02March 2, 1962 New York Knicks 169–147 48 11 7 .559 (62–111) No No Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point game. Game played at Hershey, Pennsylvania.
20 Rodgers, GuyGuy Rodgers (7) San Francisco Warriors 01963-03-01March 1, 1963 Cincinnati Royals 132–125 14 4 No Yes
20 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* (6) Cincinnati Royals 01964-12-28December 28, 1964 San Francisco Warriors 113–108 35 8 Yes Yes
20 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* (7) Cincinnati Royals 01965-02-28February 28, 1965 New York Knicks 126–117 27 9 Yes Yes Game played at Dayton, Ohio.
20 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* (8) Cincinnati Royals 01969-03-04March 4, 1969 Phoenix Suns 141–122 42 23 7 .595 (47–79) Yes Yes
20 Washington, BobbyBobby Washington Cleveland Cavaliers 01971-11-07November 7, 1971 Portland Trail Blazers 120–99 13 No No
20 West, JerryJerry West* (2) Los Angeles Lakers 01972-11-07November 7, 1972 Houston Rockets 122–109 35 10 3 .522 (48–92) No No 11 assists in the first half, and 20 assists after three quarters. West left the game with 7:50 remaining.
20 Archibald, Nate "Tiny"Nate "Tiny" Archibald* (3) Kansas City-Omaha Kings 01973-02-09February 9, 1973 Houston Rockets 121–116 37 Yes Yes
20 Archibald, Nate "Tiny"Nate "Tiny" Archibald* (4) Kansas City-Omaha Kings 01973-03-02March 2, 1973 Golden State Warriors 112–117 34 3 .607 (37–61) Yes Yes
20 Wilkens, LennyLenny Wilkens* Cleveland Cavaliers 01973-11-27November 27, 1973 Seattle SuperSonics 120–118 18 No No
20 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (12) Detroit Pistons 01976-11-20November 20, 1976 Boston Celtics 116–110 14 No No
20 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (13) New Jersey Nets 01977-12-07December 7, 1977 San Antonio Spurs 122–125 48 16 5 .506 (42–83) No Yes
20 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (14) New Jersey Nets 01978-01-22January 22, 1978 Kansas City Kings 97–105 39 15 3 .407 (35–86) No Yes Did not start game.
20 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (15) New Jersey Nets 01978-04-05April 5, 1978 Denver Nuggets 121–129 14 0 No Yes
20 Lucas, JohnJohn Lucas (3) Houston Rockets 01978-04-08April 8, 1978 Indiana Pacers 112–111 2 No No
20 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (16) Detroit Pistons 01978-11-15November 15, 1978 Los Angeles Lakers 126–133 12 No Yes
20 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (17) Detroit Pistons 01979-03-17March 17, 1979 Indiana Pacers 105–98 16 No Yes
20 Porter, KevinKevin Porter (18) Washington Bullets 01979-10-20October 20, 1979 Detroit Pistons 117–106 34 13 3 3 .634 (45–71) No No
20 Moore, JohnnyJohnny Moore San Antonio Spurs 01982-01-02January 2, 1982 Denver Nuggets 148–133 11 No Yes
20 Huston, GeoffGeoff Huston (2) Cleveland Cavaliers 01982-02-03February 3, 1982 Indiana Pacers 108–104 19 No No
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (17) Los Angeles Lakers 01983-01-05January 5, 1983 Philadelphia 76ers 120–122 46 23 12 0 .600 (45–75) Yes Yes Overtime. Triple-double.
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (18) Los Angeles Lakers 01983-01-26January 26, 1983 Milwaukee Bucks 115–113 46 9 12 0 0 4 .579 (44–76) No Yes
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (19) Los Angeles Lakers 01983-03-09March 9, 1983 San Diego Clippers 119–114 7 .667 (48–72) No Yes
20 Moore, JohnnyJohnny Moore (2) San Antonio Spurs 01983-04-27April 27, 1983 Denver Nuggets 126–109 38 26 5 1 .564 (44–78) Yes
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (20) Los Angeles Lakers 01983-11-25November 25, 1983 New Jersey Nets 147–123 37 19 7 .680 (51–75) No Yes
20 Williams, GusGus Williams Seattle SuperSonics 01983-12-09December 9, 1983 Dallas Mavericks 132–124 23 .621 (41–66) Yes No
20 Moore, JohnnyJohnny Moore (3) San Antonio Spurs 01983-12-10December 10, 1983 Washington Bullets 125–102 31 22 8 5 .526 (40–76) Yes No
20 Lucas, JohnJohn Lucas (4) San Antonio Spurs 01983-12-23December 23, 1983 Kansas City Kings 122–126 12 0 .500 (43–86) No No
20 Green, RickeyRickey Green Utah Jazz 01984-02-14February 14, 1984 Atlanta Hawks 100–98 36 9 2 3 0 0 .479 (35–73) No No
20 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* (5) Detroit Pistons 01984-02-28February 28, 1984 Atlanta Hawks 101–96 15 .493 (34–69) No No
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (21) Los Angeles Lakers 01984-12-18December 18, 1984 Atlanta Hawks 117–116 45 25 14 0 0 4 .563 (40–71) Yes No Triple-double.
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (22) Los Angeles Lakers 01984-12-19December 19, 1984 Houston Rockets 123–116 44 26 6 4 0 4 .481 (37–77) Yes No
20 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* (6) Detroit Pistons 01985-01-13January 13, 1985 Los Angeles Lakers 121–98 35 30 2 4 1 3 .483 (42–87) Yes Yes
20 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* (7) Detroit Pistons 01985-01-22January 22, 1985 Atlanta Hawks 130–113 34 15 4 1 0 2 .505 (50–99) No Yes Game played at New Orleans, Louisiana.
20 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* (8) Detroit Pistons 01985-03-11March 11, 1985 Los Angeles Clippers 121–114 38 16 4 2 0 2 .630 (46–73) No Yes
20 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* (9) Detroit Pistons 01985-04-04April 4, 1985 Milwaukee Bucks 121–130 41 20 9 2 0 7 .554 (46–83) Yes Yes
20 Nixon, NormNorm Nixon (2) Los Angeles Clippers 01985-04-10April 10, 1985 Denver Nuggets 129–127 43 29 6 0 0 2 .603 (41–68) Yes No
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (23) Los Angeles Lakers 01985-11-20November 20, 1985 Los Angeles Clippers 107–122 35 22 9 1 0 2 .506 (44–87) Yes Yes
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (24) Los Angeles Lakers 01985-12-12December 12, 1985 Phoenix Suns 127–102 31 13 4 0 0 3 .603 (47–78) No Yes
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (25) Los Angeles Lakers 01986-04-06April 6, 1986 Houston Rockets 103–109 42 20 5 3 0 6 .493 (35–71) Yes Yes
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (26) Los Angeles Lakers 01986-05-16May 16, 1986 Houston Rockets 109–117 45 17 8 3 0 3 .562 (41–73) No
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (27) Los Angeles Lakers 01987-03-10March 10, 1987 Denver Nuggets 143–107 28 11 5 3 0 4 .605 (49–81) No Yes
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (28) Los Angeles Lakers 01987-06-04June 4, 1987 Boston Celtics 141–122 31 22 5 3 0 2 .622 (46–74) Yes
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (25) Utah Jazz 01988-03-14March 14, 1988 Denver Nuggets 116–115 45 24 5 3 0 4 .514 (37–72) Yes Yes
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (26) Utah Jazz 01988-04-12April 12, 1988 Los Angeles Clippers 100–93 42 16 5 4 0 6 .415 (34–82) No Yes
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (27) Utah Jazz 01988-05-21May 21, 1988 Los Angeles Lakers 98–109 48 29 1 5 0 5 .500 (29–58) Yes
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (29) Los Angeles Lakers 01988-05-31May 31, 1988 Dallas Mavericks 119–102 35 15 6 0 0 3 .620 (44–71) No
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (30) Los Angeles Lakers 01988-11-28November 28, 1988 Philadelphia 76ers 109–104 42 32 11 2 0 7 .507 (34–67) Yes No Triple-double.
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (28) Utah Jazz 01988-12-07December 7, 1988 Washington Bullets 111–94 40 18 2 5 0 4 .513 (39–76) No Yes More assists than the opposing team, 20–16.
20 Nixon, NormNorm Nixon (3) Los Angeles Clippers 01988-12-08December 8, 1988 Houston Rockets 120–116 38 15 3 1 0 3 .609 (42–69) No No
20 Grant, GaryGary Grant (3) Los Angeles Clippers 01989-04-06April 6, 1989 Portland Trail Blazers 133–123 40 17 3 4 0 3 .636 (42–66) No No Rookie.
20 Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson (3) Phoenix Suns 01989-04-15April 15, 1989 San Antonio Spurs 137–91 38 21 4 4 1 3 .570 (45–79) Yes No
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (29) Utah Jazz 01989-04-21April 21, 1989 Dallas Mavericks 89–91 42 19 2 8 0 5 .474 (27–57) No Yes
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (31) Los Angeles Lakers 01989-05-28May 28, 1989 Phoenix Suns 122–117 41 21 6 3 1 6 .548 (40–73) Yes
20 Grant, GaryGary Grant (4) Los Angeles Clippers 01989-12-28December 28, 1989 Golden State Warriors 139–119 36 15 6 2 0 7 .600 (54–90) No No More assists than the opposing team, 20–18.
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (30) Utah Jazz 01990-02-22February 22, 1990 Los Angeles Clippers 116–102 38 24 1 2 0 3 .537 (36–67) Yes Yes
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (31) Utah Jazz 01990-03-03March 3, 1990 San Antonio Spurs 112–98 39 22 3 4 0 3 .452 (33–73) Yes Yes
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (32) Utah Jazz 01990-03-15March 15, 1990 Seattle SuperSonics 117–95 37 13 0 4 2 2 .577 (41–71) No Yes
20 Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson (4) Phoenix Suns 01990-03-21March 21, 1990 Charlotte Hornets 114–115 49 26 4 2 0 5 .479 (35–73) Yes No Overtime.
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (33) Utah Jazz 01990-03-24March 24, 1990 Los Angeles Clippers 112–79 36 8 1 3 1 1 .541 (46–85) No Yes
20 Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson (5) Phoenix Suns 01990-04-03April 3, 1990 Dallas Mavericks 117–111 44 23 1 1 0 3 .644 (38–59) Yes No
20 Price, MarkMark Price Cleveland Cavaliers 01990-04-04April 4, 1990 Atlanta Hawks 101–95 41 14 1 2 0 4 .578 (37–64) No No
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (34) Utah Jazz 01990-04-10April 10, 1990 Seattle SuperSonics 114–102 41 13 6 0 1 5 .614 (35–57) No Yes
20 Skiles, ScottScott Skiles (3) Orlando Magic 01991-03-08March 8, 1991 Denver Nuggets 129–113 44 20 7 0 0 3 .519 (42–81) Yes No
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (35) Utah Jazz 01991-03-11March 11, 1991 San Antonio Spurs 96–105 41 12 1 6 0 5 .556 (35–63) No Yes
20 Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson (6) Phoenix Suns 01991-04-02April 2, 1991 Utah Jazz 131–117 42 37 3 2 0 4 .565 (39–69) Yes No
20 Hardaway, TimTim Hardaway (2) Golden State Warriors 01991-05-14May 14, 1991 Los Angeles Lakers 119–124 51 27 1 5 2 1 .459 (34–74) Yes Overtime.
20 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (32) Los Angeles Lakers 01991-06-12June 12, 1991 Chicago Bulls 101–108 48 16 11 1 0 6 .532 (33–62) No Triple-double.
20 Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson (7) Phoenix Suns 01992-03-31March 31, 1992 Portland Trail Blazers 128–111 43 27 4 1 1 2 .594 (41–69) Yes No
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (36) Utah Jazz 01992-12-28December 28, 1992 Minnesota Timberwolves 114–95 30 13 3 7 0 2 .579 (44–76) No Yes
20 Skiles, ScottScott Skiles (4) Orlando Magic 01993-12-01December 1, 1993 Portland Trail Blazers 114–106 46 16 3 1 0 3 .561 (37–66) No No
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (37) Utah Jazz 01994-03-06March 6, 1994 Phoenix Suns 103–92 41 18 1 5 0 6 .500 (35–70) No Yes
20 Strickland, RodRod Strickland Portland Trail Blazers 01994-04-05April 5, 1994 Phoenix Suns 135–113 38 18 8 1 0 2 .538 (43–80) No No
20 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (38) Utah Jazz 01995-01-07January 7, 1995 Philadelphia 76ers 111–90 30 10 2 3 0 3 .542 (45–83) No Yes
20 Abdul-Rauf, MahmoudMahmoud Abdul-Rauf Denver Nuggets 01995-11-15November 15, 1995 Phoenix Suns 137–127 56 30 8 1 0 3 .494 (41–83) Yes No Triple overtime.
20 Strickland, RodRod Strickland (2) Portland Trail Blazers 01996-03-30March 30, 1996 Houston Rockets 109–94 34 10 7 0 0 2 .577 (41–71) No No
20 Knight, BrevinBrevin Knight Cleveland Cavaliers 01997-11-22November 22, 1997 Washington Wizards 110–101 37 13 2 4 0 3 .583 (35–60) No No Rookie.
20 Johnson, AveryAvery Johnson San Antonio Spurs 01997-12-10December 10, 1997 Los Angeles Clippers 102–87 44 9 3 2 1 4 .470 (31–66) No No
20 Johnson, AveryAvery Johnson (2) San Antonio Spurs 01997-12-17December 17, 1997 Vancouver Grizzlies 98–87 43 9 4 2 0 1 .493 (35–71) No No
20 Strickland, RodRod Strickland (3) Washington Wizards 01998-02-10February 10, 1998 Golden State Warriors 99–87 42 21 12 2 0 5 .411 (30–73) Yes Yes Triple-double.
20 Marbury, StephonStephon Marbury New Jersey Nets 01999-04-25April 25, 1999 Indiana Pacers 120–98 42 26 1 1 0 3 .603 (38–63) Yes No
20 Van Exel, NickNick Van Exel (2) Denver Nuggets 01999-11-08November 8, 1999 Atlanta Hawks 115–100 43 23 4 2 0 3 .474 (37–78) Yes No
20 Van Exel, NickNick Van Exel (3) Denver Nuggets 02000-12-02December 2, 2000 Seattle SuperSonics 103–92 39 5 5 1 2 2 .449 (40–89) No No
20 Rose, JalenJalen Rose Indiana Pacers 02001-04-18April 18, 2001 Cleveland Cavaliers 105–101 44 22 4 1 0 4 .466 (34–73) Yes No Overtime.
20 Knight, BrevinBrevin Knight (2) Charlotte Bobcats 02005-01-11January 11, 2005 Cleveland Cavaliers 98–100 40 15 3 2 0 5 .474 (37–78) No No Overtime.
20 Nash, SteveSteve Nash^ (5) Phoenix Suns 02006-12-05December 5, 2006 Sacramento Kings 127–102 32:34 11 4 2 0 3 .494 (43–87) No Yes
20 Miller, AndreAndre Miller^ (2) Denver Nuggets 02006-12-08December 8, 2006 Miami Heat 123–107 39:30 5 5 0 2 3 .557 (44–79) No No
20 Williams, DeronDeron Williams^ (3) Utah Jazz 02008-01-02January 2, 2008 Philadelphia 76ers 110–107 38:48 15 1 0 2 4 .532 (33–62) No No
20 Nash, SteveSteve Nash^ (6) Phoenix Suns 02008-01-17January 17, 2008 Los Angeles Lakers 106–98 36:49 13 0 2 0 5 .561 (37–66) No No
20 Williams, DeronDeron Williams^ (4) Utah Jazz 02008-03-03March 3, 2008 Dallas Mavericks 116–110 45:21 17 5 0 2 4 .567 (34–60) No No
20 Paul, ChrisChris Paul^ (2) New Orleans Hornets 02008-03-26March 26, 2008 Cleveland Cavaliers 100–99 42:12 15 3 2 1 1 .476 (30–63) No Yes
20 Davis, BaronBaron Davis^ Los Angeles Clippers 02009-02-11February 11, 2009 New York Knicks 128–124 43:53 13 6 1 1 5 .563 (45–80) No No Overtime.
20 Paul, ChrisChris Paul^ (3) New Orleans Hornets 02009-02-27February 27, 2009 Milwaukee Bucks 95–94 35:57 9 7 0 0 2 .500 (36–72) No Yes
20 Williams, DeronDeron Williams^ (5) Utah Jazz 02009-03-01March 1, 2009 Golden State Warriors 112–104 41:54 6 0 1 0 4 .494 (40–81) No No
20 Davis, BaronBaron Davis^ (2) Los Angeles Clippers 02009-03-18March 18, 2009 Washington Wizards 123–108 39:15 11 8 0 1 3 .614 (43–70) No No
20 Kidd, JasonJason Kidd Dallas Mavericks 02009-04-05April 5, 2009 Phoenix Suns 140–116 30:12 19 4 1 0 2 .584 (45–77) No No 16 assists in the first half.
20 Nash, SteveSteve Nash^ (7) Phoenix Suns 02009-10-30October 30, 2009 Golden State Warriors 123–101 37:29 18 6 0 1 3 .567 (38–67) No Yes
20 Nash, SteveSteve Nash^ (8) Phoenix Suns 02009-11-09November 9, 2009 Philadelphia 76ers 119–115 36:10 21 2 0 1 7 .515 (35–68) Yes Yes
20 Collison, DarrenDarren Collison^ New Orleans Hornets 02010-03-08March 8, 2010 Golden State Warriors 135–131 46:17 16 1 3 0 7 .588 (47–80) No No Rookie.
20 Bynum, WillWill Bynum^ Detroit Pistons 02010-03-12March 12, 2010 Washington Wizards 101–87 38:40 5 3 2 1 3 .513 (40–78) No No
20 Nash, SteveSteve Nash^ (9) Phoenix Suns 02011-03-22March 22, 2011 Los Angeles Lakers 137–139 49:20 19 5 0 0 6 .484 (44–91) No Yes Triple overtime.
20 Rondo, RajonRajon Rondo^ (3) Boston Celtics 02011-04-22April 22, 2011 New York Knicks 113–96 40:58 15 11 2 0 4 .529 (37–70) No Triple-double.
20 Rondo, RajonRajon Rondo^ (4) Boston Celtics 02012-03-04March 4, 2012 New York Knicks 115–111 47:47 18 17 1 1 4 .458 (38–83) No Yes Triple-double. Overtime.
20 Williams, DeronDeron Williams^ (6) New Jersey Nets 02012-03-30March 30, 2012 Golden State Warriors 102–100 40:05 9 2 2 1 4 .485 (33–68) No No
20 Rondo, RajonRajon Rondo^ (5) Boston Celtics 02012-04-11April 11, 2012 Atlanta Hawks 88–86 47:00 10 10 2 0 6 .466 (34-73) No Yes Triple-double. Overtime. Lowest scoring game on this list.
20 Rondo, RajonRajon Rondo^ (6) Boston Celtics 02012-11-09November 9, 2012 Philadelphia 76ers 100–106 41:50 14 2 2 0 4 .525 (31–59) No Yes
20 Rondo, RajonRajon Rondo^ (7) Boston Celtics 02012-11-17November 17, 2012 Toronto Raptors 107-89 32:12 6 2 1 0 5 .556 (40–72) No Yes

See also

References

  • Sporting News, The (2005). 2005-06 Official NBA Guide.
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