Raptors’ Pascal Siakam is 7th to score over 30 on at least 80% shooting
Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam became the seventh player to ever score 30 points in an NBA Finals game while shooting at least 80% from the field, according to NBA Stats. The Cameroonian joined some of the most recognizable names in league history, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Adrian Dantley, and Toni Kukoc as the only ones to complete the feat.
Pascal Siakam (32 PTS, 14-17 FGM – 82.4%) is the 7th player in #NBAFinals history to score 30+ points on 80% shooting or better. The only other players to accomplish this feat are:
Shaquille O'Neal pic.twitter.com/LeC2u20SUd
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) May 31, 2019
Siakam also became the only player to net 11 straight field goals in the NBA Finals in the past 20 years, surpassing the likes of LeBron James (2014), Tim Duncan (2013), Kobe Bryant (2001), and O’Neal (2002, 2006) — all whom made eight buckets in a row.
Man, did Pascal Siakam possibly have one of the very best Finals debuts in NBA history? This is pretty staggering to accomplish in any Finals game, let alone the first one of your life. pic.twitter.com/cjFOeWYkat
— STANLEY CUP FINALS (3 to go) (@SportTalkBrian) May 31, 2019
The 25-year-old was aided by his ability to finish on the break and get plenty of shots close to the basket, while also netting two of his three 3-point attempts in the game. Siakam played the second-most minutes this game after Raptors star Kawhi Leonard, making the most of his floor time to break through the Golden State Warriors’ defense with his decisive interior attack.
The Raptors’ versatile wing has surely had no case of fright in his first-ever NBA Finals game, taking center stage by netting a team-high 32 points on 82.4% shooting from the floor — a stat line that will be in the record books as perhaps the most efficient NBA Finals debut by any player.