List of National Basketball Association single-game assists leaders
This is a complete listing of National Basketball Association players who have recorded 23 or more assists in a game.
24 different players have recorded 23 or more assists in a game. It has occurred 40 times in the regular season and five times in the playoffs.
|^||Active NBA player|
|*||Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame|
|Occurred in playoff competition|
|Player's team lost the game|
|Team FG%||Rest of team's field goal percentage (subtracting player's own shooting)|
|Assists||Player||Team||Score||Opponent||Date||Min||Pts||Reb||Stl||Blk||Tov||Team FG%||Led the league in assists||Notes|
|30||Scott Skiles||Orlando Magic||155–116||Denver Nuggets||December 30, 1990||44||22||6||2||0||4||.574 (54–94)||No||[a]|
|29||Kevin Porter||New Jersey Nets||126–112||Houston Rockets||February 24, 1978||48||14||5||.557 (44–79)||Yes||[b]|
|28||Bob Cousy*||Boston Celtics||173–139||Minneapolis Lakers||February 27, 1959||45||31||5||–||–||–||.496 (62–125)||Yes||[c]|
|28||Guy Rodgers*||San Francisco Warriors||109–114||St. Louis Hawks||March 14, 1963||48||14||5||–||–||–||.588 (40–68)||Yes||[d]|
|28||John Stockton*||Utah Jazz||124–102||San Antonio Spurs||January 15, 1991||39||20||3||8||0||5||.543 (44–81)||Yes||[e]|
|27||Geoff Huston||Cleveland Cavaliers||110–106||Golden State Warriors||January 27, 1982||46||24||1||No|
|27||John Stockton* (2)||Utah Jazz||107–115||New York Knicks||December 19, 1989||36||18||3||2||0||2||.582 (39–67)||Yes||[f]|
|26||John Stockton* (3)||Utah Jazz||123–128||Portland Trail Blazers||April 14, 1988||45||17||3||2||0||2||.566 (47–83)||Yes|
|25||Rajon Rondo^||New Orleans Pelicans||128–113||Brooklyn Nets||December 27, 2017||30:18||2||7||1||0||3||.533 (48-90)||No|
|25||Ernie DiGregorio||Buffalo Braves||120–119||Portland Trail Blazers||January 1, 1974||48||20||9||–||Yes||[g]|
|25||Kevin Porter (2)||Detroit Pistons||160–119||Boston Celtics||March 9, 1979||37||30||3||Yes|
|25||Kevin Porter (3)||Detroit Pistons||105–116||Phoenix Suns||April 1, 1979||46||13||3||Yes|
|25||Isiah Thomas*||Detroit Pistons||124–119||Dallas Mavericks||February 13, 1985||41||23||5||2||0||5||.533 (48–90)||Yes||[h]|
|25||Nate McMillan||Seattle SuperSonics||124–112||Los Angeles Clippers||February 23, 1987||41||8||8||1||4||3||.449 (44–98)||No||[i]|
|25||Kevin Johnson||Phoenix Suns||107–95||San Antonio Spurs||April 6, 1994||41||16||3||0||0||4||.535 (38–71)||No|
|25||Jason Kidd*||Dallas Mavericks||136–133||Utah Jazz||February 8, 1996||49||20||4||4||0||5||.591 (39–66)||No||[j]|
|24||Guy Rodgers* (2)||Chicago Bulls||110–107||New York Knicks||December 21, 1966||18||–||–||–||Yes|
|24||Kevin Porter (4)||Washington Bullets||119–114||Detroit Pistons||March 23, 1980||44||12||1||.562 (50–89)||No|
|24||John Lucas||San Antonio Spurs||157–154||Denver Nuggets||April 15, 1984||28||0||0||2||0||2||.641 (66–103)||No||[k]|
|24||Earvin "Magic" Johnson*||Los Angeles Lakers||118–102||Phoenix Suns||May 15, 1984||38||6||7||5||2||4||.586 (51–87)||–||[l]|
|24||Isiah Thomas* (2)||Detroit Pistons||126–128||Washington Bullets||February 7, 1985||50||25||10||2||1||2||.495 (48–97)||Yes||[m]|
|24||John Stockton* (4)||Utah Jazz||109–111||Los Angeles Lakers||May 17, 1988||48||23||3||5||0||3||.515 (34–66)||–||[n]|
|24||John Stockton* (5)||Utah Jazz||102–104||Houston Rockets||January 3, 1989||45||26||1||6||0||1||.508 (31–61)||Yes||[o]|
|24||Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (2)||Los Angeles Lakers||119–105||Denver Nuggets||November 17, 1989||40||24||8||6||1||3||.533 (40–75)||No||[p]|
|24||Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (3)||Los Angeles Lakers||118–121||Phoenix Suns||January 9, 1990||45||24||6||2||2||4||.452 (38–84)||No||[q]|
|24||Ramon Sessions^||Milwaukee Bucks||135–151||Chicago Bulls||April 14, 2008||44:27||20||8||1||1||2||.573 (43–75)||No||[r]|
|24||Rajon Rondo^ (2)||Boston Celtics||105–101||New York Knicks||October 29, 2010||45:20||10||10||1||0||7||.506 (40–79)||No||[s]|
|24||Russell Westbrook^||Oklahoma City Thunder||147–154||San Antonio Spurs||January 10, 2019||49:35||24||13||2||0||3||.511 (47–92)||Yes||[t]|
|23||Jerry West*||Los Angeles Lakers||143–133||Philadelphia 76ers||February 1, 1967||24||6||–||–||–||.567 (51–90)||No||[u]|
|23||Kevin Porter (5)||Detroit Pistons||131–119||Houston Rockets||December 27, 1978||41||20||3||Yes|
|23||Kevin Porter (6)||Detroit Pistons||113–124||Los Angeles Lakers||March 30, 1979||43||15||3||Yes|
|23||Nate "Tiny" Archibald*||Boston Celtics||145–144||Denver Nuggets||February 5, 1982||38||15||4||No||[v]|
|23||Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (4)||Los Angeles Lakers||128–112||Seattle SuperSonics||February 21, 1984||36||9||5||2||0||3||.628 (54–86)||Yes||[w]|
|23||Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (5)||Los Angeles Lakers||130–126||Portland Trail Blazers||May 3, 1985||41||13||7||1||0||6||.566 (43–76)||–||[x]|
|23||Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (6)||Los Angeles Lakers||114–107||Dallas Mavericks||April 20, 1988||42||8||10||0||1||8||.632 (43–68)||No||[y]|
|23||Lafayette "Fat" Lever||Denver Nuggets||139–121||Golden State Warriors||April 21, 1989||42||15||13||5||0||1||.579 (55–95)||No||[z]|
|23||John Stockton* (6)||Utah Jazz||107–104||Los Angeles Lakers||April 12, 1990||44||15||4||3||0||3||.521 (37–71)||Yes||[aa]|
|23||John Stockton* (7)||Utah Jazz||105–95||Los Angeles Clippers||December 8, 1990||41||27||3||4||0||1||.492 (31–63)||Yes||[ab]|
|23||John Stockton* (8)||Utah Jazz||135–108||Golden State Warriors||November 29, 1991||36||21||2||2||1||4||.608 (48–79)||Yes|
|23||John Stockton* (9)||Utah Jazz||120–106||Minnesota Timberwolves||April 17, 1992||36||9||2||5||0||4||.569 (41–72)||Yes|
|23||Daron "Mookie" Blaylock||Atlanta Hawks||139–118||Utah Jazz||March 6, 1993||37||11||0||4||0||2||.545 (48–88)||No|
|23||John Stockton* (10)||Utah Jazz||110–102||Portland Trail Blazers||April 25, 1996||41||11||2||0||0||1||.581 (36–62)||–||[ac]|
|23||Nick Van Exel||Los Angeles Lakers||95–82||Vancouver Grizzlies||January 5, 1997||44||8||8||1||0||2||.500 (34–68)||No||[ad]|
|23||Jamaal Tinsley||Indiana Pacers||110–103||Washington Wizards||November 22, 2001||45||19||11||1||1||5||.541 (40–74)||No||[ae]|
|23||Steve Nash*||Phoenix Suns||113–100||Los Angeles Lakers||April 29, 2007||39:05||17||1||2||1||3||.493 (35–71)||–||[af]|
|23||Rajon Rondo^ (3)||Boston Celtics||105–103||San Antonio Spurs||January 5, 2011||43:30||12||10||6||1||5||.615 (40–65)||No||[ag]|
- Scott Skiles had 14 assists in the first half, 10 assists in the third quarter, and 6 assists in the fourth quarter. Skiles passed for more than twice as many assists as the opposing team, 30–14.
- Kevin Porter passed for more assists than the opposing team, 29–18.
- Bob Cousy passed for 19 assists in a half, setting the NBA record, and 12 assists in a quarter, the NBA record at the time. Cousy passed for more assists than the opposing team, 28–15.
- Guy Rodgers had 16 assists in one half. For the game, he had more assists than the opposing team, 28–24.
- John Stockton had 15 assists in the second half. For the game, he had more assists than the opposing team, 28–27.
- Stockton passed for more assists than the opposing team, 27–25.
- Ernie DiGregorio established the rookie single-game record.
- Isiah Thomas passed for 16 assists in the first half.
- Nate McMillan tied Ernie DiGregorio's rookie single-game record. McMillan had 17 assists in the second half. For the game, he passed for more assists than the opposing team, 25–24.
- The game went to double overtime. Kidd had more assists than the opposing team, 25–23.
- John Lucas did not start in the game. He also did not score in the game. He passed for 14 assists in the second quarter, setting the NBA record. The Spurs had 50 assists as a team. This was also the last game of the regular season.
- Magic Johnson had 13 assists in the second half, setting a playoff record at the time.
- Isiah Thomas registered a triple-double. The game went to double overtime.
- John Stockton had 14 assists in the first half.
- Stockton passed for more assists than the opposing team, 24–22.
- Magic Johnson passed for more assists than the opposing team, 24–15.
- Magic Johnson had 16 assists in the first half. The game went to overtime.
- Ramon Sessions was a rookie. His 24 assists were one shy of the rookie record.
- Rajon Rondo registered a triple-double and tied the opposing team in assists total.
- Russell Westbrook registered a triple-double. The game went to double overtime.
- Jerry West's teammate Elgin Baylor scored 44 points in the same game.
- The Celtics scored 50 points in the first quarter and 85 points in the first half.
- Magic Johnson had 12 assists in the first quarter, tying the NBA record at the time. He also had 18 assists in the first half.
- Magic Johnson had 15 assists in the first half, setting the playoff record.
- Magic Johnson tied the opposing team in assists, 23–23.
- Fat Lever registered a triple-double.
- The game marked the second time that Karl Malone scored 40 or more points and Stockton had 20 or more assists in the same game. Stockton had more assists than the opposing team, 23–20.
- Stockton had more assists than the opposing team, 23–22.
- Stockton had 14 assists in the second half. For the game, he had more assists than the opposing team, 23–20.
- Nick Van Exel had more assists than the opposing team, 23–21.
- Jamaal Tinsley had a triple-double. He was also a rookie.
- Steve Nash passed for 15 assists in the first half, tying the playoff record. For the game, he had more assists than the opposing team, 23–21.
- Rajon Rondo had a triple-double. Rondo had 21 assists after three quarters. For the game, he had more assists than the opposing team, 23–20.
- Sporting News, The (2005). 2005–06 Official NBA Guide.