Raptors’ Fred VanVleet has most 3-pointers off the bench in NBA Finals history
The Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors duke it out in Game 5 of the NBA Finals after the Warriors somehow survived a world-conquering run from Kawhi Leonard to nab the lead. The Dubs responded in kind with a 9-0 run from the Splash Brothers.
Game 6 featured about as much drama that is humanly possible to experience at a single sporting event with an injury to Klay Thompson, multiple immensely clutch shots from various players, a big DeMarcus Cousins game as well as a stupendous, incandescent performance from backup point guard Fred VanVleet.
VanVleet scored 22 massive points in a game the Raptors eventually won by four points after some late-game shenanigans — involving a “no timeout” technical foul and another foul with 0.9 left on the shot clock.
Twelve of VanVleet’s points came in the fourth quarter, when he drilled clutch shot after clutch shot, including some absolutely incredible 3-pointers with defenders all over the place. During these NBA Finals, VanVleet broke a record that had been held for years by noted clutch performer Robert Horry.
Jason Kubatko of Statmuse broke it down on Twitter:
Fred VanVleet has set a new NBA record for most 3-pointers made off the bench in an NBA Finals. The previous record of 15 was shared by Robert Horry and JR Smith.
— Justin Kubatko (@jkubatko) June 14, 2019
As you can see, the previous record was 15 by Horry. However, VanVleet finished with five triples in Game 6 to increase his tally to 16 to nab the record away from one of the most clutch players in NBA Playoffs history.