Playoffs 2021

NBA Playoffs 2021: By The Numbers: Chris Paul puts his name in the record books with historic Game 6 performance

What a way to punch your ticket to your first NBA Finals.

Chris Paul put on a masterful display in Game 6 against the Clippers, tying his playoff career-high of 41 points, adding eight assists, four rebounds, three steals and zero turnovers, on 16-of-24 from the field and a scorching 7-of-8 from beyond the arc.

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Doing the bulk of the damage in the second half, Paul rose to the occasion, scoring 31 after half-time, outscoring the Clippers 27-18 down the stretch to help seal the 130-103 win.

Where does this rank among his best-ever perofrmances?

Let's take a deeper dive into the numbers

31: Second-half points

Chris Paul scored 31 points in the 2nd half, his most in a half in his career (reg. season or playoffs).

Paul is just the third player in the past 25 potseasons to score 30-plus points in the second half of a series-clinching game, joining Stephen Curry and Anthony Davis.

Player Points Year
Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) 33 2019
Chris Paul (Phoenix Suns) 31 2021
Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers) 31 2020
Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) 31 2018

His 31 points in the second half are also a career-high for points in any half in the regular season or postseason, per Elias Sports.

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1: Paul passes Michael Jordan

It's wild to think that just two years ago, many through Paul's prime was coming to a close. In 2021 he's not only proved a lot of people wrong, but he's put himself alongide some legendary company in the process.

Paul became the oldest player in NBA history with 35-plus points in consecutive closeout games, passing none other than Michael Jordan (33).

The 36-year-old dropped 37 points in Game 4 against the Denver Nuggets in the previous round and when it came time to close out the Clippers he poured in 41.

He also becomes the oldest player in NBA history with 40-plus points in a closeout game and the second-oldest player ever to drop 40 in a playoff game, again passing Michael Jordan, who did so in 1998 (aged 35) per StatMuse.

0: Taking care of the rock

Having the ball in his hands for most of the game, Paul was not only incredibly efficient, he racked up a game-high eight assists without turning the ball over once.

Paul is just the fourth player in NBA history to record 40+ points in a Conference Finals game with zero turnovers, joining Shaquille (2000), Michael Jordan (1998) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1995).

The other three players all went on to win the NBA title in their respective seasons.

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