Highest Scoring Playoff Games in NBA History

Highest scoring NBA Playoff games of all time.
Highest scoring NBA Playoff games of all time. / Focus On Sport/Getty Images

Scoring in the NBA has been way up in recent years, but a hallmark of the NBA Playoffs is that we tend to see scoring fall while teams play at a slower pace and have more time to plan their defenses around specific opponents.

That doesn't mean we haven't seen some serious shootouts in the NBA Playoffs, though.

Here are the highest scoring playoff games in NBA history.

Most Points in an NBA Playoff Game

9. 277 Points β€” Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets (2019)

Date: May 3, 2019
Portland: 140
Denver: 137
Total Points: 277 (4OT)

8. 277 Points β€” Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns (1985)

Date: April 20, 1985
Los Angeles: 147
Phoenix: 130
Total Points: 277

7. 278 Points β€” Dallas Mavericks vs Sacramento Kings (2003)

Date: May 10, 2003
Dallas: 141
Sacramento: 137
Total Points: 278 (2OT)

6. 278 Points β€” St. Louis Hawks vs Minneapolis Lakers (1957)

Date: March 25, 1957
St. Louis: 143
Minneapolis: 135
Total Points: 278 (2OT)

5. 279 Points β€” San Francisco Warriors vs St. Louis Hawks (1967)

Date: April 1, 1967
San Francisco: 143
St. Louis: 136
Total Points: 279

4. 280 Points β€” Dallas Mavericks vs Seattle Supersonics (1987)

Date: April 23, 1987
Dallas: 151
Seattle: 129
Total Points: 280

3. 285 Points β€” Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks (1990)

Date: April 28, 1990
Boston: 157
New York: 128
Total Points: 285

2. 285 Points β€” San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets (1983)

Date: April 26, 1983
San Antonio: 152
Denver: 133
Total Points: 285

1. 304 Points β€” Portland Trail Blazers vs Phoenix Suns (1992)

Date: May 11, 1992
Portland: 153
Phoenix: 151
Total Points: 304 (2OT)

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