Special Report

Sports Records That May Never Be Broken

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16. Most assists in one game
> Player: Scott Skiles
> League: NBA
> Position, team: Point guard, Orlando Magic
> Record: 30 assists
> When: Dec. 30, 1990

In the 1990-1991 NBA season, the Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic were two of the worst teams in the league. But when they played each other on Dec. 30, 1990, it turned into a historic game. Magic point guard Scott Skiles dished out 30 assists, more than any player in a single game in NBA history.

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17. Most points in one game
> Player: Wilt Chamberlain
> League: NBA
> Position, team: Center, Philadelphia Warriors
> Record: 100 points
> When: March 2, 1962

Few records in sports seem as unbreakable as Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point performance in the March 2, 1962 game against the New York Knicks. The closest anyone has gotten is Kobe Bryant with 81 points. The Philadelphia Warriors’ center was always a dominant force, but on that day he became legendary. The Knicks’ starting center was out with the flu (or a hangover, depending on who you ask), and their backup got into early foul trouble, leaving a helplessly overmatched backup to try to guard Chamberlain. It clearly didn’t work as Chamberlain hit 36 of his 63 shots — and grabbed 25 rebounds. The Warriors won 169-147.

18. Most career complete games
> Player: Cy Young
> League: MLB
> Position, team: Pitcher, Cleveland Spiders/Boston Americans
> Record: 749 complete games
> When: 1890-1911

Legendary pitcher Cy Young last played in the Major Leagues over a century ago, but he still holds a number of records that seem as if they will last forever. Young started a record 815 games in his 22-year career, and has both more wins (511) and more losses (315) than any pitcher in baseball history. Perhaps his most impressive feat is pitching 749 complete games. Complete games are becoming a rare accomplishment. Since 2000, no pitcher has had more than 65 complete games.

19. Most assists in a season
> Player: Wayne Gretzky
> League: NHL
> Position, team: Center, Edmonton Oilers
> Record: 163 assists
> When: 1985-1986 season

It may not be surprising that the Great One holds more than one NHL record. A player has registered over 100 assists in a season 13 times — 11 of those it was Wayne Gretzky. He truly outdid himself during the 1985-1986 season, when he notched 163 assists, breaking the record of 135 assists he set the season before. With 52 goals that year, Gretzky also set the NHL record for most points in a season, with 215. He is still the only player to record a 200-point season — a feat he accomplished four times.

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20. Most blocks in a season
> Player: Mark Eaton
> League: NBA
> Position, team: Center, Utah Jazz
> Record: 456 assists
> When: 1984-1985 season

Mark Eaton was one of the greatest shot blockers in NBA history. The 7’4″ center is one of just six players all time with more than 3,000 rejections. His best defensive performance came during the 1984-1985 season, when he blocked 456 shots for the Utah Jazz, or 5.6 blocks per game. That broke Artis Gilmore’s record of 422 blocks.

Now that perimeter shooting is much more common in today’s NBA, Eaton’s record seems like it could stand forever. The last time a player got even 300 blocks in a season was in the 2003-2004 season, when Theo Ratiliff blocked 307 shots.

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