23 years ago today, the Golden State Warriors registered a 162-158 win over the Denver Nuggets at McNichols Arena.
HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: The Warriors and Nuggets combined to make 120 baskets, of which only six were three pointers.
320 points set an NBA record for the most points scored by two teams in a non-overtime game.
A combined total of 12 players scored in double figures. Golden State was led by Chris Mullin’s game high 39 points. The three headed monster of Mullin, Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond, aka “Run TMC”, contributed an insane 99 points.
Orlando Woolridge (RIP) poured in 37 for the Nuggets, while teammate and silky smooth Walter Davis notched a cool 33.
Mullin recently made headlines by destroying Jimmer Fredette in a three-point shooting contest:
22 players played in the game and 21 of them scored. The only player who played, yet didn’t score in the highest scoring game in NBA history, was Anthony Cook.
It was the first home game of the 1990-1991 season for the Denver Nuggets, and it was an introduction to first year head coach Paul Westhead. Nuggets fans, and the entire NBA had never seen anything like Westhead’s offensive approach. And outside one of these five retro basketball video games, you probably won’t ever see anything like it again.
Denver averaged a league-best 119.9 points per game in 1990–91, it also surrendered an NBA record 130.8 points per game, including 107 points in a single half to the Phoenix Suns, which remains an NBA record. It was a run and gun style that used up to 10 players as part of a regular rotation.
Golden State, led by Don Nelson, was no offensive slouch either. Lauded as a team that didn’t play defense, the Warriors finished second (to the Nuggets) that season in points per game (116.6).
What ensued was potentially the most entertaining game in NBA history. The pace of the game is ridiculous, even in the highlights. Check it out: