Night of broken records
On this day in 1983, the Detroit Pistons beat the Denver Nuggets 186-184 in triple overtime in the highest-scoring game in NBA history. Of the 370 combined points, Nuggets stars Kiki Vandeweghe (51) and Alex English (47) combined for 98 of them, and an NBA-record four players scored more than 40 points. An astounding 12 players reached double figures in front of 9,655 fans. Other records set that night include most field goals by two teams (142), most field goals by one team (Pistons, 74) and most assists by two teams (93). “Everybody was just flowing,” English shared with ESPN.com in 2005. “It seemed like nobody could miss a shot.” Considering the average point total in the NBA today is about half of the record-setting score, it seems hard to believe it will ever be broken, but we can continue to watch hopefully in the meantime. For the record, the highest-scoring game in WNBA history was played on July 24, 2010. Phoenix beat Minnesota in double overtime 127-124.