Elgin Baylor Scored 61 Points in 1961/62 NBA Finals

Published on June 1st, 2022 1:24 am EST
Written By: Dave Manuel

The record for most individual points scored in NBA finals belongs to... The 1961-62 NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics is considered to be one of the greatest NBA Finals of all time.

The series featured some of the very best players in the history of the NBA, including Elgin Baylor, who turned in Herculean efforts to try to give his team the victory.

His biggest performance of the series came in Game 5.

The series was tied 2-2 heading back to Boston, and Baylor knew that he needed to give his team a massive effort.

The result? A 61-point frenzy for Baylor, who would play every minute of the game in a winning effort.

Here was Baylor's stat line from the game:

48 minutes
22-46 from the field
17-19 from the free throw line
22 rebounds

Baylor would end up averaging over 40 points per game in that series, though his team would come up just short, as the Lakers lost Game 7 110-107.


A total of seven players have scored 50 or more points in a NBA Finals game. They are:

Elgin Baylor
61 points

Michael Jordan
55 points

Rick Barry
55 points

Jerry West
53 points

Lebron James
51 points

Giannia Antetokounmpo
50 points

Bob Pettit
50 points

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