The 10 most unbreakable records in NBA history
Assists in a game: 30 (Scott Skiles)
Although Scott Skiles’ legacy as a coach in Chicago isn't great, he's in the NBA record books for most assists in a single game (30). Skiles completed the feat on Dec. 30, 1990 in a 155-116 victory against the Denver Nuggets at the Orlando Arena.
Chicago-native Kevin Porter held this record (29) for 12 years before Skiles eclipsed him. Just over two weeks later, John Stockton dished out 28 assists in a 124-102 Utah Jazz victory against the San Antonio Spurs, but no one has been close enough to threaten the record in recent years. Amazingly, Stockton and Porter each had 25-plus assists in a game on three different occasions.
Bulls High This Season: 14 — Tomas Satoransky vs. DAL on Jan. 6
NBA High This Season: 19 — LeBron James vs. ORL on Jan. 15
Fastest foulout: 2 Minutes, 43 Seconds (Bubba Wells)
Amazingly, this feat was accomplished by fouling Dennis Rodman in 1997 when the Bulls hosted the Mavericks, as Dallas coach Don Nelson tried to stop a high-powered Bulls offense by repeatedly hacking The Worm.
To put this record in perspective: Wells fouled Rodman, on average, every 27 seconds in this game. Rodman made it to the charity stripe twelves times and although he was a 55 percent free-throw shooter in the 1997-98 season, he made a career-high-tying nine free throws against the Mavs.
Fastest foulout by the Bulls this season: 10 Minutes, 25 Seconds — Daniel Gafford vs. ATL on Dec. 11
Fastest foulout in the NBA this season: 9 Minutes, 43 Seconds — Jalen Brunson vs. PHI on Jan. 11
Team points in a half: 107 (1990-91 Phoenix Suns)
Obviously, the variables and teams have to be perfect for the feat to happen again. The 1990-91 Suns did it against the same team that allowed 30 assists from Skiles: Paul Westhead’s Denver Nuggets. The Suns’ 107 points came from 50- and 57-point quarters to begin the contest, and they ended regulation with a record 173 points, led by Cedric Ceballos off the bench with 32.
Considering the leader in team points per game this season is the Milwaukee Bucks with 118.6, eclipsing 100 in a half feels unfathomable. That being said, the Bucks did come within 19 points of the record this season against the Wizards on Jan. 28.
Bulls high this season: 73 — vs. WSH on Feb. 23
NBA high this season: 88 — MIL vs. WSH on Jan. 28
Individual points in a game: 100 (Wilt Chamberlain)
The ultimate feat in basketball history might just be Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game. Chamberlain scored 100 of the Philadelphia Warriors' 162 points on March 2, 1962, finishing the fourth quarter with 31 to reach the century mark. The numbers are astounding: In the game, Wilt shot 36-for-63 from the field and 28-for-32 from the charity stripe.
Further, this performance came amid a record-smashing 1961-62 season for Chamberlain in which he averaged 50.2 points per game for the Warriors. The closest we’ve ever seen to this record came from the late Kobe Bryant, who scored 81 against the Raptors in 2006.
Bulls high this season: 49 — Zach LaVine vs. CHA on Nov. 23
NBA high this season: 61 — Damian Lillard vs. GSW on Jan. 20
Single game attendance: 62,046 (Bulls vs. Hawks, 1998)
Another Bulls connection in the record books. This one came in a transition era for the Atlanta Hawks, as they played games in the 1997-98 season at Georgia Tech University and the Georgia Dome while they moved into a new arena.
With the Bulls and the soon-to-retire Michael Jordan coming to town, the Hawks decided to play at the Dome, the city's biggest sporting facility. A crowd of 62,046 jammed in to see Jordan score 34 points in a 89-74 win over the Hawks. The United Center continues to have the biggest capacity in the NBA with 20,917, but there would need to be three full United Center’s to beat the record. It’s important to remember that this is a regular season record, with the 2010 All-Star Game in Arlington, TX holding the all-time NBA attendance record with 108,713.
Bulls average home attendance this season: 18,804
NBA high average home attendance this season: 20,628 — Philadelphia 76ers
Single game margin of victory: 68 (1991-92 Cleveland Cavaliers)
The modern era does lend some feasibility to the idea of this record being bested. But like the Suns 107-point half, the variables have to be perfect. The 1991-92 Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Miami Heat 148-80 just a week after the Heat beat the Cavs in Miami. The Cavs only led by 20 at the half before outscoring the Heat by 48 in the second half. The Heat only scored 27 points in the second half while Cleveland scored 75.
Bulls high this season: 35 — vs. ATL on Dec. 28
NBA high this season: 49 — LAC vs. ATL on Nov. 16
Team winning streak: 33 (1971-72 Lakers)
Led by Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West, the Lakers won 33 games in a row in 1971-72 on the path to winning the NBA championship.
We've seen streaks in recent memory that have challenged this record (see: the 73-win 2015-16 Warriors winning 28 in a row, and starting the season 24-0). But with the competition league-wide and media attention following a team on such a streak, it seems impossible that we'll ever see one longer than this. With three Hall of Famers (West, Baylor and Chamberlain) in tow, this team was the perfect storm at the perfect time.
Bulls high this season: 2
NBA high this season: 18 — Milwaukee Bucks
Single season individual free throw percentage: 98.1 (Jose Calderon)
This record held by Jose Calderon seems fairly untouchable, as Calderon missed just three out of 151 free throw attempts for the entire 2008-09 season. In doing so, he broke a 28-year record held by Calvin Murphy (95.8 percent). Calderon didn’t miss a free throw until late January, then he missed two of his next six attempts. In five of his 16 NBA seasons, Calderon shot 90 percent or better from the charity stripe.
Bulls high this season: 87.6 —Tomas Satoransky
NBA high this season: 93.1 — Brad Wanamaker
Individual 50-point games: 118 (Wilt Chamberlain)
The old saying “Bet the Farm” is probably safe with this one. Michael Jordan scored 50 points 31 times (30 with the Bulls, one with the Wizards), and is probably considered the greatest scorer of all time. That being said, Wilt still had almost four times the 50-point games of Jordan. Of course, this is era-specific, but it's difficult to envision this record being broken at any time soon. The greatest stat may be that 32 of those 118 50-point games were 60-plus point outings.
Most in Bulls uniform: 30 — Michael Jordan
Most among active NBA players: 23 — James Harden
Consecutive games played: 1,192 (A.C. Green)
The NBA’s "Ironman." Yes, this streak doesn't touch Cal Ripken’s 2,632 game played in a row. But for a low-post player, banging bodies with other bigs for that many games in a row is astounding. From 1987-2001, Green never missed a game and won three NBA titles in the process. Amazingly, Green also played in 83 games in a season because of a mid-season trade in the 1996-97 season that gave him an opportunity for one more scheduled game.
Active Bulls career-high: 89 — Tomas Satoransky
Highest among active NBA players: 368 — Joe Ingles