It’s already hard enough for anyone to dominating a regular seaon basketball game.
So on the world’s biggest stages, when the lights are brightest, things don’t get any easier, even for the ballers out there. It’s why insane, consistent, and dominating performances in the postseason are such a big deal in the NBA. Not everyone has the ability to put up numbers like that, and even less can do it when the stakes are high.
But for guys like Kevin Durant, Elgin Baylor, and Hakeem Olajuwon, they find themselves in rare company in this regard.
Only Players to score 30+ Points in every game of an NBA Finals Series
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Those six players are the only guys to ever score 30+ points in every game of an NBA Finals series. Jordan did it in 1993, scoring above 30 in each of the seven games that year, going on to win the Chip against Phoenix.
Shaq scored 30 in every game in the 2000 Finals and the 2002 Finals. Hakeem accomplished the feat in 1995 against the Magic, Durant did it in 2017, Baylor in ’62 (scoring 61 in one game), and Barry did it in 1967 against the 76ers.
Clearly, those guys had a knack for stepping up in the big moments.