List of National Basketball Association single-game steals leaders
51 players have recorded nine or more steals in a game. It has occurred 72 times in NBA history.
Allen Iverson is the only player to record nine or more steals in a playoff game.
The NBA did not record steals until the 1973–74 season.
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|Steals||Player||Team||Score||Opponent||Date||Minutes played||Points||Rebounds||Assists||Triple-double||Led the league in steals||Notes||Ref.|
|11||Larry Kenon||San Antonio Spurs||110–105||Kansas City Kings||December 26, 1976||44||29||15||4||Yes||No|
|11||Kendall Gill||New Jersey Nets||88–77||Miami Heat||April 3, 1999||40||15||10||3||Yes||Yes||[a]|
|10||Jerry West*||Los Angeles Lakers||111–115||Seattle SuperSonics||December 7, 1973||37||27||5||5||No||No||[b]|
|10||Larry Steele||Portland Trail Blazers||112–99||Los Angeles Lakers||November 16, 1974||44||12||11||9||Yes||No||[c]|
|10||Fred Brown||Seattle SuperSonics||121–112||Philadelphia 76ers||December 3, 1976||40||29||3||7||No||No||[d]|
|10||Gus Williams||Seattle SuperSonics||94–83||New Jersey Nets||February 22, 1978||42||31||4||4||No||No|
|10||Eddie Jordan||New Jersey Nets||98–110||Philadelphia 76ers||March 23, 1979||39||13||1||1||No||No||[e]|
|10||Johnny Moore||San Antonio Spurs||108–102||Indiana Pacers||March 6, 1985||35||16||7||8||No||No|
|10||Lafayette "Fat" Lever||Denver Nuggets||126–116||Indiana Pacers||March 9, 1985||31||13||4||15||Yes||No||[f]|
|10||Clyde Drexler*||Portland Trail Blazers||89–95||Milwaukee Bucks||January 10, 1986||42||26||9||11||Yes||No||[g]|
|10||Alvin Robertson||San Antonio Spurs||120–114||Phoenix Suns||February 18, 1986||36||20||11||10||Yes||Yes||[h]|
|10||Alvin Robertson (2)||San Antonio Spurs||109–102||Los Angeles Clippers||November 22, 1986||39||30||5||6||No||Yes|
|10||Ron Harper||Cleveland Cavaliers||91–100||Philadelphia 76ers||March 10, 1987||44||28||5||7||No||No||[i]|
|10||Michael Jordan*||Chicago Bulls||120–93||New Jersey Nets||January 29, 1988||27||32||1||4||No||Yes||[j]|
|10||Alvin Robertson (3)||San Antonio Spurs||117–122||Houston Rockets||January 11, 1989||44||20||5||7||No||No||[k]|
|10||Alvin Robertson (4)||Milwaukee Bucks||114–104||Utah Jazz||November 19, 1990||39||16||3||9||No||Yes|
|10||Kevin Johnson||Phoenix Suns||114–95||Washington Bullets||December 9, 1993||38||17||3||13||Yes||No|
|10||Clyde Drexler* (2)||Houston Rockets||96–85||Sacramento Kings||November 1, 1996||42||25||10||9||Yes||No||[l]|
|10||Daron "Mookie" Blaylock||Atlanta Hawks||95–94||Philadelphia 76ers||April 14, 1998||44||14||8||11||Yes||Yes|
|10||Allen Iverson*||Philadelphia 76ers||97–85||Orlando Magic||May 13, 1999||43||33||5||5||No||–||[m]|
|10||Michael Finley||Dallas Mavericks||98–114||Philadelphia 76ers||January 23, 2001||45||27||6||7||No||No||[n]|
|10||Brandon Roy||Portland Trail Blazers||100–87||Washington Wizards||January 24, 2009||39:04||22||5||7||No||No|
|10||Draymond Green^||Golden State Warriors||122–107||Memphis Grizzlies||February 10, 2017||38||4||12||10||Yes||Yes||[o]|
|10||Lou Williams^||Los Angeles Clippers||113–125||Utah Jazz||January 20, 2018||40||31||2||7||No||No||[p]|
|9||Calvin Murphy*||Houston Rockets||106–114||Boston Celtics||December 14, 1973||43||21||2||10||No||No|
|9||Larry Steele (2)||Portland Trail Blazers||107–102||Los Angeles Lakers||March 5, 1974||40||15||5||10||No||Yes|
|9||Rick Barry*||Golden State Warriors||130–101||Buffalo Braves||October 29, 1974||43||30||10||11||Yes||Yes||[q]|
|9||Don "Slick" Watts||Seattle SuperSonics||100–114||Philadelphia 76ers||February 23, 1975||43||13||6||14||No||No||[r]|
|9||Larry Steele (3)||Portland Trail Blazers||120–98||Phoenix Suns||March 7, 1975||39||12||5||5||No||No|
|9||Larry Steele (4)||Portland Trail Blazers||114–103||Detroit Pistons||March 14, 1976||40||22||7||8||No||No|
|9||Quinn Buckner||Milwaukee Bucks||109–116||Indiana Pacers||January 2, 1977||33||16||7||7||No||No||[s]|
|9||Don "Slick" Watts (2)||Seattle SuperSonics||100–121||Phoenix Suns||March 27, 1977||36||14||3||8||No||No|
|9||Earl Tatum||Detroit Pistons||105–103||Los Angeles Lakers||November 28, 1978||33||19||2||2||No||No|
|9||Gus Williams (2)||Seattle SuperSonics||103–100||Washington Bullets||January 23, 1979||37||24||7||6||No||No||[t]|
|9||Ron Lee||Detroit Pistons||99–102||Houston Rockets||March 16, 1980||42||20||5||6||No||No||[u]|
|9||Dudley Bradley||Indiana Pacers||106–108||Utah Jazz||November 10, 1980||39||14||2||6||No||No||[v]|
|9||Dudley Bradley (2)||Indiana Pacers||117–101||Cleveland Cavaliers||November 29, 1980||28||11||0||2||No||No||[w]|
|9||Micheal Ray Richardson||New York Knicks||114–117||Chicago Bulls||December 23, 1980||44||19||6||6||No||No|
|9||Johnny High||Phoenix Suns||98–108||Washington Bullets||January 28, 1981||26||11||4||2||No||No|
|9||Earvin "Magic" Johnson*||Los Angeles Lakers||99–101||Phoenix Suns||November 6, 1981||40||11||7||16||No||Yes||[x]|
|9||Jack Sikma*||Seattle SuperSonics||110–103||Kansas City Kings||January 27, 1982||40||20||9||3||No||No|
|9||Rickey Green||Utah Jazz||125–119||Denver Nuggets||November 10, 1982||45||24||5||11||No||No|
|9||Rickey Green (2)||Utah Jazz||113–126||Philadelphia 76ers||November 27, 1982||44||26||7||12||No||No|
|9||Micheal Ray Richardson (2)||Golden State Warriors||106–102||San Antonio Spurs||February 5, 1983||42||10||5||11||No||Yes|
|9||Darwin Cook||New Jersey Nets||122–128||Portland Trail Blazers||December 3, 1983||44||17||2||6||No||No||[y]|
|9||Gus Williams (3)||Washington Bullets||119–104||Atlanta Hawks||October 30, 1984||39||23||5||9||No||No|
|9||Johnny Moore (2)||San Antonio Spurs||139–94||Golden State Warriors||January 8, 1985||36||26||11||13||Yes||No||[z]|
|9||Larry Bird*||Boston Celtics||110–94||Utah Jazz||February 18, 1985||33||30||12||10||Yes||No||[aa]|
|9||Micheal Ray Richardson (3)||New Jersey Nets||147–138||Indiana Pacers||October 30, 1985||54||38||11||11||Yes||No||[ab]|
|9||Maurice Cheeks*||Philadelphia 76ers||108–102||Los Angeles Clippers||January 5, 1987||42||22||3||10||No||No||[ac]|
|9||T. R. Dunn||Denver Nuggets||98–93||New Jersey Nets||January 6, 1988||32||2||5||3||No||No||[ad]|
|9||Michael Jordan* (2)||Chicago Bulls||110–104||Boston Celtics||November 9, 1988||42||52||3||2||No||No||[ae]|
|9||Hersey Hawkins||Philadelphia 76ers||116–94||Boston Celtics||January 25, 1991||41||38||8||6||No||No|
|9||John Stockton*||Utah Jazz||113–92||Houston Rockets||February 12, 1991||35||19||3||11||No||No|
|9||Michael Adams||Washington Bullets||109–103||Indiana Pacers||November 1, 1991||42||23||4||13||No||No|
|9||Glenn "Doc" Rivers||Los Angeles Clippers||111–87||Phoenix Suns||November 6, 1991||18||5||1||5||No||No||[af]|
|9||Michael Jordan* (3)||Chicago Bulls||118–105||New Jersey Nets||April 2, 1993||38||40||7||7||No||Yes|
|9||Lafayette "Fat" Lever (2)||Dallas Mavericks||87–77||Washington Bullets||February 10, 1994||34||4||7||3||No||No|
|9||Scottie Pippen*||Chicago Bulls||116–95||Atlanta Hawks||March 8, 1994||42||39||6||10||No||No|
|9||Eric Murdock||Milwaukee Bucks||96–104||Washington Bullets||April 2, 1994||37||18||5||7||No||No|
|9||Daron "Mookie" Blaylock (2)||Atlanta Hawks||98–127||Houston Rockets||February 17, 1997||34||18||0||5||No||Yes|
|9||Doug Christie||Toronto Raptors||124–122||Denver Nuggets||February 25, 1997||46||27||5||3||No||No||[ag]|
|9||Eddie Jones||Charlotte Hornets||98–89||Indiana Pacers||November 4, 1999||36||22||3||3||No||Yes|
|9||Paul Pierce||Boston Celtics||96–84||Miami Heat||December 3, 1999||38||26||5||4||No||No||[ah]|
|9||Allen Iverson* (2)||Philadelphia 76ers||89–85||Orlando Magic||March 19, 2000||42||18||3||10||No||No||[ai]|
|9||Andre Miller||Cleveland Cavaliers||91–94||Philadelphia 76ers||December 15, 2001||44||14||4||22||No||No||[aj]|
|9||Allen Iverson* (3)||Philadelphia 76ers||107–104||Los Angeles Lakers||December 20, 2002||48||32||2||5||No||Yes||[ak]|
|9||Dirk Nowitzki||Dallas Mavericks||98–101||Houston Rockets||March 7, 2004||45||18||1||1||No||No|
|9||Rafer Alston||Houston Rockets||104–83||Charlotte Bobcats||February 10, 2007||41:13||14||1||8||No||No||[al]|
|9||Chris Paul^||New Orleans Hornets||104–93||Dallas Mavericks||February 20, 2008||40:38||31||5||11||No||Yes||[am]|
|9||Mario Chalmers||Miami Heat||106–83||Philadelphia 76ers||November 5, 2008||30:32||6||4||6||No||No||[an]|
|9||John Wall^||Washington Wizards||116–115||Philadelphia 76ers||November 2, 2010||44:48||29||2||13||No||No||[ao]|
|9||Michael Carter-Williams^||Philadelphia 76ers||114–110||Miami Heat||October 30, 2013||36:10||22||7||12||No||No||[ap]|||
- Kendall Gill had quarterly steals of 0, 5, 3 and 3. He had no steals in the first quarter.
- Jerry West had 6 steals in the first half and 4 steals in the second half.
- Larry Steele barely missed a quadruple-double, by one assist.
- Fred Brown had 8 steals in a half, tying the NBA record.
- This was the second game of a double header, which was only the second double header in NBA history.
- Fat Lever had 8 steals in the third quarter, setting the NBA record. He had 8 steals in the second half, tying the NBA record.
- Clyde Drexler barely missed a quadruple-double, by one rebound.
- Alvin Robertson achieved the second quadruple-double in NBA history. It is the only NBA quadruple-double with steals as one of the four statistics in double figures.
- Ron Harper established the rookie single-game record. He had five steals in each half.
- Michael Jordan had 6 steals within the third quarter. He left the game early due to the Bulls' comfortable lead.
- The game went to overtime.
- Clyde Drexler had 8 steals in the second half, tying the NBA record. It was the first game of the season, marking the most steals in a season opener. For a second time in his career, Drexler barely missed a quadruple-double, this time by one assist.
- Allen Iverson had quarterly steals of 3, 3, 3 and 1.
- Michael Finley had 8 steals in the first half, tying the NBA record. He had 5 steals in the first quarter.
- First player in NBA history to record 10 steals and 5 blocks in one game. First triple double in NBA history without scoring at least 10 points.
- First player in NBA history to record 30 points, 10 steals, and 7 assists in a game since steals became a recorded stat.
- Rick Barry barely missed a quadruple-double, by one steal.
- Slick Watts fouled out of the game.
- Quinn Buckner was a rookie. The Bucks combined for 21 steals.
- Gus Williams had 8 steals in the second half, tying the NBA record.
- Ron Lee shot 6–12 from three-point range, tying the NBA record for three-point attempts at the time.
- Dudley Bradley had eight steals in the second half, tying the NBA record. He had six steals in the fourth quarter.
- Dudley Bradley had five steals in the fourth quarter.
- Magic Johnson had five steals in a half and four steals in the other half.
- The game went to overtime. Darwin Cook fouled out.
- Johnny Moore barely missed a quadruple-double, by one steal.
- Larry Bird did not play in the fourth quarter due to the Celtics' 22 point lead, as well as his own volition. He barely missed a quadruple-double, by one steal.
- Micheal Ray Richardson registered a triple-double, and nearly reached a quadruple-double. The game went to triple overtime.
- Maurice Cheeks had seven steals in a half.
- T. R. Dunn did not start the game. Teammate Fat Lever had eight steals in the same game. It is the only time in NBA history that two teammates have both collected eight or more steals in the same game.
- Michael Jordan had 8 steals in the first half, tying the NBA record.
- Doc Rivers had seven steals in a half.
- The game went to overtime.
- Paul Pierce had six steals in the first quarter and seven steals in the first half.
- Allen Iverson had seven steals in the second half.
- Andre Miller had six steals in the second half.
- The game went to overtime.
- Rafer Alston had eight steals in the second half, tying the NBA record.
- Chris Paul had seven steals in the first half.
- Mario Chalmers was a rookie.
- John Wall was a rookie. He had seven steals in the second half. The game went to overtime.
- The game was Michael Carter-Williams' NBA debut, marking the most steals in an NBA debut.
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