Chris Paul is the first in NBA playoff history with 40 points, 10 assists, 0 turnovers since 1977-78
What an outstanding Game 5 performance from Houston Rockets star point guard Chris Paul against the Utah Jazz, as he led the way to help Houston secure its place in the Western Conference Finals with a 112-102 victory.
Paul simply could not be stopped on Tuesday, as the 33-year-old guard had a night to remember with a game-high 41 points on 13-of-22 shooting from the field and 8-of-10 from behind the arc, 10 assists, seven rebounds, and zero turnovers.
According to a graphic posted on Twitter by NBA.com/Stats after the Rockets won the series 4-1, it was said that Paul pulled off something that had never been done before since turnovers were introduced as a statistic to the NBA 40 years ago.
“Chris Paul is the 1st player to have 40 points, 10 assists, and 0 turnovers in an NBA Playoffs game since turnovers became an official stat in 1977-78,” the tweet stated.
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) May 9, 2018
That is a pretty unbelievable and extremely impressive accomplishment for Paul, to say the least.
“[Paul] willed us to win. His performance was off the charts. We’re halfway home,” Houston head coach Mike D’Antoni said after the victory, per Rockets beat writer Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
They are indeed halfway home, as the Rockets need just eight more victories to capture the franchise’s third NBA championship title and first since the 1994-95 season.
With Paul and the Rockets advancing to play the winner of the Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans series, this will officially be CP3’s first appearance in a conference final during his illustrious 13-year NBA career.