NBA Finals 2022 – Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler and Giannis Antetokounmpo headline All -Game 3 Finals teams

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Players from the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors will try to add their names to the list of the best performances in NBA Finals history.

And when the NBA finishes its 75th anniversary season, it’s a good time to look back at the most individual efforts we’ve ever seen in a league championship round.

We will do so on a game-by-game basis throughout Final 2022, selecting teams of six players-all five positions plus six people-from each game during the series (Game 1, Game 2 and so on).

There is no specific formula for what constitutes Final Greatness, although I will rely on game score metrics developed by John Hollinger for games available from Basketball-Reference.com since player turnovers were first tracked in the 1977-78 season.

Game 3 of all time featured a number of players facing a 2-0 deficit, highlighted by Dwyane Wade who dominated the Miami Heat’s fourth-quarter comeback, Jimmy Butler recorded a historic triple-double for the Heat center and Warriors Wilt Chamberlain beat the Boston Celtics. rival Bill Russell. Let’s think again.


Point keeper: Jerry West | 1965 Lakers against Celtics

Statistics: 43 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists

The Lakers need West to do all the offense with Elgin Baylor – more on him at the moment – injured, to have a chance against the Boston team with a 2-0 lead.

West posted in Game 3.

After 45 points in Game Arrow 2 it was a loss with nearly as many in 13 less attempts taken. Much of West’s damage came from the line, which made 17 free throws in 20 attempts, two tied for most ever in the Final. West added the team’s top seven assists as the Lakers beat the Celtics 126-105-only their third defeat in the Boston Final by 20 points in that period.


Shooting guard: Dwyane Wade | 2006 Heat against the Mavericks

Statistics: 42 TCTerms, 13 rebounds

Down 2-0 to Dallas, Miami was on the ropes in the fourth quarter of Game 3. It trailed by as many as 13 and was close to a harrowing 3-0 deficit. But Wade led Miami to a series-changing win.

During the fourth quarter, Wade nearly outscored the Mavericks (19) by 15 points, taking 6-of-9 from the field. The jump with 1:16 left put the Heat back on one before veteran Gary Payton delivered a game -winning jumper with 9.3 seconds left. Wade also gave a lob to Josh Howard before a buzzer that could send the game into overtime.

“I’ve seen Dwyane do it,” Miami coach Pat Riley said. “There were 10, 12, 14 games this year where we’ve been down double digits in the fourth quarter, and we’re back. … It’s incredible, just the heart that has it.”

For the match, Wade’s 42 points were more than the other team’s three double -digit scorers (Shaquille O’Neal, Antoine Walker and Jason Williams) joined and led the team to 13 spots.


Small forward: Jimmy Butler | 2020 Heat against Lakers

Statistics: 40 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds

Miami needed a Herculean effort from Butler to get their first win of the series, with starters Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic ruled out due to injuries sustained in Game 1 Final.

His 40-point triple-double is only number three in Final history, joining West (Game 7 in 1969) and LeBron James (Game 5 in 2015).

Unlike those performances, both losing, Butler was really efficient due to the heavy attacking load. He took 14-of-20 from the field and 12-of-14 from the free throw line, leading the Heat to a comfortable victory, although four other starters took 18-of-45 combined.

“How else do you say other than Jimmy F’ing Butler?” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game. “This is what they want; this is what they want. It’s really hard to analyze or describe Jimmy, until you actually feel him between the four lines. He’s the top, elite competitor.”


Power: Elgin Baylor | 1963 Lakers against Celtics

Statistics: 38 points, 23 rebounds, 8 assists

Baylor’s spectacular Game 3 gave the Lakers their first win in the 1963 Final after a pair of narrow losses in Boston. He and West provided the majority of the Lakers offense, adding up to 80 points. And while West (42) actually beat Baylor, the latter had a more complete game.

Baylor’s 23 rebounds are more than Bill Russell on the other side (19) and tied a career high in the playoff games. Meanwhile, Baylor’s eight assists are the second most recorded in the playoffs.


Center: Wilt Chamberlain | 1964 Warriors against Celtics

Statistics: 35 points, 25 rebounds, 5 assists

Because the Warriors had moved to the Western Division, 1964 was Chamberlain’s first Final appearance after losing to Boston in the Eastern Division Finals in 1960 and 1962. The Celtics were still favorites and would win the series in five games, but Chamberlain beat Russell’s rivals in Game 3 .

By modern standards, shooting 15-of-22 Chamberlain on the route to 35 points may not seem incredible, but his shooting percentage is the highest to date in the Final game with at least 20 attempts according to Stathead.com. By contrast, Russell was limited to 16 points on 7-of-19 shooting despite pulling down a game-high 32 board.


Statistics: 41 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists

This time a year ago, Milwaukee lost 2-0 to Phoenix. Giannis helped start a comeback that included four consecutive wins with two consecutive 40-10 efforts, this time on the winning cause. (Shaquille O’Neal in the 2000 Final was the only other player to perform in a consecutive Final match, according to ESPN Statistics & Information.) After struggling on the wrong line early in the playoffs, Antetokounmpo made 13 of 17 attempts and gave up. out six assists as the Bucks cruise to a 120-100 win at home.

“I’ve seen him do a lot of things like this,” Milwaukee teammate Khris Middleton said. “It’s not surprising to me. To see him do this for some time now, and now he’s on the biggest stage and now everyone gets a chance to see what he’s doing; how he’s sick and still finding a way to go. Go out and compete and be productive. and become dominant at the same time. “

Three years earlier, Kevin Durant had an almost identical statistical line (43 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists) when he won Game 3 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, Giannis got a nod for last place because the stakes were higher than during the 2018 Golden State Warriors sweep.