NBA Finals: Single-game records in Finals history

Dwight Howard, Magic Johnson, and Stephen Curry
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Everybody knows Wilt Chamberlain's regular season record for most points in a single game - 100.

Everybody knows Klay Thompson holds the NBA record for most 3s in a single regular season game with 14.

What about the holders of these records on the grandest stage of them all - the NBA Finals?

Check out all the single-game Finals record holders in the major stat categories - points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and 3-pointers:

Points - 61 by Elgin Baylor [1962]

Elgin Baylor's 61 points in Game 5 of the 1962 NBA Finals has stood the test of the time to remain the Finals' single-game scoring record.

In fact, it is the only 60-point performance in Finals history.

Although Baylor's monster double-double of 61 points and 22 rebounds gave the Los Angeles Lakers a 3-2 series lead against the Boston Celtics, the latter rallied to win the next two games and thus the 1962 NBA title.

Rebounds - 38 by Wilt Chamberlain [1967, 1964] & Bill Russell [1963]

Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell hold numerous rebounding records, so this should come as no surprise.

Russell grabbed 38 rebounds in a Game 2 win against the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1963 Finals, giving the Celtics a 2-0 series lead. Boston went on to win the Finals 4-2, their sixth title in seven years.

Chamberlain grabbed 38 rebounds twice in the Finals.

The first instance was in 1964 as a member of the San Francisco Warriors in a Game 4 loss against the Boston Celtics. The Warriors went on to lose that Finals in five games.

The second time Chamberlain pulled down 38 rebounds was in 1967 as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. It came in a Game 2 win against the San Francisco Warriors. The 76ers went on to win that Finals series in six games for the franchise's second title.

Assists - 21 by Magic Johnson [1984]

Five-time NBA Champion Magic Johnson leads the career assists rankings in the postseason and the Finals.

In fact, Johnson holds the top six spots on the single-game assists record table.

His record 21-assist night came against the Boston Celtics in a 33-point Game 3 blowout win for the Lakers. The win gave the Lakers a 2-1 series lead but they went on to lose the series in seven games.

Steals - 7 by Robert Horry [1995]

In the 1995 NBA Finals, the Houston Rockets swept the Orlando Magic to repeat as NBA Champions.

In Game 2 of this series, Robert Horry made his impact felt on the defensive end of the floor. He recorded a Finals record 7 steals to go along with his double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds in the Rockets' 117-106 win.

Blocks - 9 by Dwight Howard [2009]

Prime Dwight Howard was a monster in the paint.

Centered around his game, the Orlando Magic made a run to the 2009 NBA Finals where they were up against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Down 2-1 in the series, Dwight Howard registered a Finals record nine blocks in Game 4 to go along with his 16 points and 21 rebounds.

Alas, his effort was in vain as the Lakers triumphed in overtime, taking a 3-1 series lead.

A couple of days later, the Lakers clinched their 15th championship in franchise history by winning Game 5.

3-Pointers - 9 by Stephen Curry [2018]

Only nine times in NBA history have the Finals been decided in a sweep.

The 2018 NBA Finals saw Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors roll past LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, with Curry, arguably the greatest shooter ever, going off in Game 2.

Curry scored 27 of his game-high 33 points from beyond the arc at an efficiency of 52.9% (9-of-17 three-pointers).

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