What is the highest score ever achieved in a professional basketball game?

The highest score ever achieved in a professional basketball game was 186-184, with the Detroit Pistons defeating the Denver Nuggets in triple overtime on December 13, 1983. This game is widely regarded as the highest-scoring game in NBA history, with a total of 370 points scored between the two teams.

The game was played at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado and featured a number of high-scoring players, including Denver’s Kiki Vandeweghe who scored a career-high 51 points in the game. Other notable performances came from the Pistons’ Isiah Thomas, who scored 47 points and dished out 17 assists, and Denver’s Alex English, who had 47 points and 12 rebounds.

Despite the high-scoring affair, the game was not without controversy. Both teams were accused of intentionally fouling to stop the clock and prolong the game, which led to rule changes in the following years to prevent similar games from occurring.

While the 1983 Pistons-Nuggets game remains the highest-scoring in NBA history, there have been several other games that have come close. In 2019, the Houston Rockets defeated the Washington Wizards 159-158 in regulation, marking the highest-scoring regulation game in NBA history.

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