1983: Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets in the highest scoring game ever (FULL GAME)

Published on December 13th, 2016 by Astramskas, David | 1,426 views

If you play fantasy basketball, then you love games that go into overtime. Double OT? Even better. Triple? That’s fantasy sports heaven!

Now imagine if Fantasy sports existed in the 80s and you had players on the Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets back on December 13th of 1983, when the two teams combined for a NBA record 370 points!

12 players scored in double figures with four players scoring over 40 points. Kiki Vandeweghe (51) and Alex English (47) were the top two scorers on the Nuggets, while Isiah Thomas (47) and John Long (41) were the two highest scorers for the Pistons. Thomas also had one of the three double-doubles with 17 assists — many of them going to Kelly Tripucka, who chipped in with 35, including all 12 of the Pistons’ points in the second OT.

“The game lasted so long, we were wondering if we could find a place to eat after the game,” Tripucka said. “We were wondering, ‘is there an all-night diner in Denver?’ ”



Most points scored by two teams – 370
337, Milwaukee at San Antonio (3OT), 3/6/82

Most points scored by one team – 186, Detroit
184, Denver (same game)

Most points scored by a losing team – 184, Denver
166, Milwaukee (at San Antonio, 3OT), 3/6/82

Most field goals by two teams – 142
136, Milwaukee at San Antonio (3OT), 3/6/82

Most field goals by one team – 74, Detroit
72, Boston vs. Minneapolis, 2/27/59

Most assists by two teams – 93
90, Rochester vs. Minneapolis, 1/23/57

Most players in one game with 40+ points – 4




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Aka VincentDa & RedApples fka Expiredpineapples. My alter-ego is a digital-marketing guy in Houston. Won editing awards & created obsolete flash websites that have been featured in mags like Sports Illustrated. Studied film & women at FSU during the golden age of hip-hop. Collects records, laserdiscs, sports memorabilia & toys. Father of 2 daughters that are more athletic and popular on YouTube.

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