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NBA Players Who Made The Most 3-Pointers In A Single Playoff Run

NBA Players Who Made The Most 3-Pointers In A Single Playoff Run

The game has evolved into positionless basketball, and there are two players to thank for that. With the Golden State Warriors invoking a “small-ball” lineup, teams have tried to adopt their method of five players that can shoot the three-ball. Two players have led that movement in the “Splash Bros” in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. These two players are potentially the two greatest shooters we have ever seen.

The duo has played in the NBA Finals six times. That has given them plenty of games to rack up three-point shots. That is also a reason why their names make up all but one spot on the most three-point field goals made in a single playoff run. One player stands alone as he is making history as we speak by trying to lead the Boston Celtics to their 18th championship banner in NBA history.

Between Thompson and Curry, who is the best playoff sharpshooter in NBA history. Here are the top-10 most three-point field goals made in the playoffs.

10. Klay Thompson - 67 3PM (2017-18 NBA Playoffs)

67-157 3PM-3PA  (42.7%), 21 Games

Thompson had three games in this playoff run where he made just one three-point field goal, but there were other games where he made up for the slow shooting night. That included making 9 of 14 three-point field goals in Game 6 of the Conference Finals against the Rockets in a must-win game. Thompson made at least six threes in two of the four wins.

In the Finals, Thompson provided a 5 of 10 shooting night in Game 1. Thompson made just seven threes the next three games in the four-game sweep, but the team was loaded with talent. The fact that Thompson made the top-10 with Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant says a lot about his efficiency.

9. Klay Thompson - 70 3PM (2018-19 NBA Playoffs)

70-158 3PM-3PA (44.3%), 21 Games

The following year, he topped his three-point shooting total and shot at a higher clip. His best game in the first round was a 6-of-9 shooting performance in Game 4 against the Clippers. He made 15 threes in the first round. He followed that with 20 threes in the second round. With the series tied 2-2, Thompson hit 5 of 10 from behind the arc in Game 5 and then closed out the Rockets with a 7 of 13 shooting night from three-point range.

In the Conference Finals, he cooled off with 10 threes in four games, but that picked up in the Finals against the Raptors. In five games of action, Thompson’s lowest shooting night was 50%. He shot 7 of 12 in the first two games but didn’t play in Game 3. In Game 4, he shot 6 of 10 and then 7 of 13 in Game 5. In Game 6, he was shooting 4 of 6 before he had a devastating ACL injury.

6. Stephen Curry - 72 3PM (2016-17 NBA Playoffs)

72-172 3PM-3PA (41.9%), 17 Games

The 2017 Warriors completed three straight sweeps on their way to making the NBA Finals. When you are not playing a lot of games, there aren't a lot of opportunities, but Curry still managed to make 72 threes in 17 games. That included one night where he made just 1 of 4 shots from behind the arc.

Curry’s best game came in Game 4 in the first round and Game 1 of the Conference Finals, where he made seven three-point shots. In the Finals, Curry shot 10 of 22 in the first two games, but then stumbled to 9 of 27 in the last three games. Had the Warriors truly not been the best team in the NBA this season, Curry might have had a chance to make a run at his record.

8. Klay Thompson 75 3PM (2021-22 NBA Playoffs)

75-192 3PM-3PA (39.0%), 21 Games

Thompson has looked like his vintage self in these playoffs. In the first round, he made 22 threes to help the Warriors win in five games. In the second round, he followed that up with 20 threes in six games, which included one game where he shot 0-7 from three-point range. His best game came in Game 6, where he shot 8 of 14 from the field.

In the conference Finals, he started with just seven made three-pointers in the first four games. However, he surpassed that total in one game. In Game 5, Thompson made 8 of 16 tries to help the Warriors close out the Mavericks. In the Finals, he made 5 of 13 and 4 of 10 in Games 3 and 4 respectively. With another game on the line, Thompson looked like his former self by making 5 of 11 from behind the arc to help the Warriors go up 3-2 in the series.

7. Jayson Tatum - 76 3PM (2021-22 NBA Playoffs)

76-192 3PM-3PA (39.5%), 23 Games

Tatum has looked like a machine, becoming the only player not named Steph Curry or Klay Thompson to make his way into the top-10. Tatum made 13 threes in the four-game sweep in the opening round. He followed that with 26 threes in the next round, which included 7 of 15 shooting in Game 5 and 5 of 9 shooting in Game 6.

In the Conference Finals, Tatum made just 10 threes in the first five games. He rebounded with 8 of 14 shooting in the final two games. In the Finals, he responded from a poor 1 of 5 shooting night in Game 1 with 6 of 9 shooting in Game 2. He followed that up with 7 of 17 shooting in the next two games. His 5 of 9 shooting in Game 5 was one of his best performances as of yet.

5. Stephen Curry - 80 3PM (2015-16 NBA Playoffs)

80-198 3PM-3PA (40.4%), 18 Games

Had Curry played the entire playoffs, he would have become the first player to ever make 100 three-point shots in a playoff series. Curry was inactive for Games 2, 3, and 5 against the Houston Rockets in the first round. He also missed the first three games of the second round. It’s not crazy to think that Curry would have made four three-point shots on average for those games. Plus, he was playing through pain in the first round, playing a combined 37 minutes in those two games.

When Curry came back, he was dominant. That included Games 6 and 7 of the Conference Finals. Trailing the Thunder 3-2 in the series, Curry helped the Warriors avoid elimination by making 6 of 14 and 7 of 12 three-point shots in those respective games. In the Finals, the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead to the Cavaliers, which saw Curry shoot a combined 15 of 42 from behind the arc in three consecutive losses.

4. Stephen Curry - 85 3PM (2021-22 NBA Playoffs)

85-218 3PM-3PA (38.9%), 21 Games

Curry had a legitimate shot to break his record before he shot 0 of 9 from three-point range in Game 5 of the 2022 Finals. Instead, he will have to likely settle for getting to 90 for the third time in his career. Getting to this point, Curry made 19 three-pointers in the first round. Then, he made 23 threes in the second round. He has been consistent throughout the playoffs, not making more than seven threes in a game, but he has made at least five threes nine times.

In the Conference Finals, he made 14 threes to help the Warriors take a 3-0 lead. In the Finals, he shot 7 of 14 in Game 1. Then, he made 5 of 12 threes in the next game and 6 of 11 in Game 3. Needing a win on the road, Curry scored 43 points to tie up the series, where he made 7 of 14 three-pointers.

3. Stephen Curry - 92 3PM (2018-19 NBA Playoffs)

92-244 3PM-3PA (37.7%), 22 Games

We should have known that Curry was ready to make a run at a historic playoff record when he made 8 of 12 threes in the first game of the playoffs. After that, Curry made about four three-point field goals on average on the team’s way to the Conference Finals, There, he torched the Trail Blazers in four games, which included making 9 of 15 three-pointers. For the series, Curry made 26 three-point shots in the four-game sweep.

In the Finals, he lost his shooting touch against a tough Raptors defense. Curry made 6 of 14 threes in Game 4 but shot a combined 9 of 29 in the other three losses. All in all, the Warriors had made their fifth straight appearance in the NBA Finals at the time, so Curry’s performance in these playoffs was equally legendary.

2. Klay Thompson - 98 3PM (2015-16 NBA Playoffs)

98-232 3PM-3PA (42.2%), 24 Games

Thompson saw the success of his Warriors teammate the year before and shot the same percentage the following year. His success included shooting 7 of 11 in back-to-back games in the first round. He followed that with another seven three-pointers in the first game of the second round. For the second round, he made 28 three-pointers in five games.

In the Conference Finals, the Warriors trailed 3-1 to the Thunder. After a tough shooting night in Game 5, he set an NBA record with 11 threes in Game 6. He then shot 6 of 11 from behind the arc to make the NBA Finals. In the Finals, his shooting cooled off, shooting a combined 6 of 20 in the first three games. He rallied to make 15 threes in the next four games, but he came up just short of a title and 100 three-point field goals.

1. Stephen Curry - 98 3PM (2014-15 NBA Playoffs)

98-232 3PM-3PA (42.2%), 21 Games

When the Warriors made and won the NBA Finals in 2015, it was an appearance that shocked the world. It was the first year under a new head coach, but clearly, the change made a difference. Curry used a historic shooting performance to lead the Warriors to the Finals, where the team defeated LeBron James in their first of four straight meetings.

Curry started the playoffs with 20 made threes in a four-game sweep over the Pelicans. He followed that with 26 more in the second round. That included making 8 of 13 three-point shots in the decisive Game 6. In the Conference Finals, he made at least six three-points in three of the five games against the Rockets. Finally, he had two games of seven three-point field goals in a six-game series win. Had he not shot 2 of 15 in Game 2, we might have seen the first-ever playoff run of 100 made threes.

Stephen Curry’s Playoff Shooting Confirms He Is The Best Shooter Ever

While Thompson tied Curry for the record, it’s Curry that has his name on this list five times. The Splash Brothers are the best tandem of shooters we have ever seen and have their hand in the history of the Warriors dynasty. With that said, Thompson has to settle for the second-best shooter in all of history until he makes another run at successful playoff shooting or upends Curry on this list.

Curry has topped 90 three-point field goals two times and is on pace to do it a third time. Both players likely have a few more years in making a deep playoff run in their careers. The Warriors dynasty is not over by any means. That means we will get to watch Curry or Thompson make a run at shooting 100 threes in a playoff run. 


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