Warriors become just second team with 50-40-90 NBA Finals game

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The 50-40-90 club is a bit antiquated. Entrance is gained by shooting 50% from the field, 40% on 3-pointers and 90% on free throws. Just seven players – Steve Nash (four times), Larry Bird (twice), Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, Reggie Miller and Mark Price – have done it for a full season.

Teams have increasingly realized they should hunt more 3-pointers, which lowers 3-point and field-goal percentages while producing more efficient offense. True shooting percentage better aggregates all the relevant factors.

But 50-40-90 remains the classic measure of elite shooting, and it shows versatility of scoring. It’s a feat worth celebrating.

The Warriors have fully embraced the modern philosophy on 3-point shooting, and they still entered the 50-40-90 club as a team in Game 2 last night.

Golden State made 52% of its shots, 42% of its 3-pointers and 92% of its free throws. The Celtics are the only other team with a 50-40-90 NBA Finals game, posting 50%/44%/96% in Game 2 against the Rockets in 1986.

Team FG% 3P% FT%
GSW-CLE 2017 G2 52% (46-89) 42% (18-43) 92% (22-24)
BOS-HOU 1986 G2 50% (45-90) 44% (4-9) 96% (23-24)

Here are the teams that came closest:

Team FG% 3P% FT%
LAL-BOS 2008 G2 49% (41-83) 48% (10-21) 100% (10-10)
IND-LAL 2000 G5 57% (39-68) 50% (10-20) 89% (32-36)
LAL-BOS 1984 G1 52% (43-83) 50% (1-2) 88% (28-32)
IND-LAL 2000 G4 50% (42-84) 53% (10-19) 86% (24-28)
BOS-LAL 2008 G6 49% (43-87) 50% (13-26) 86% (32-37)
SEA-CHI 1996 G4 56% (41-73) 53% (9-17) 84% (16-19)
MIA-OKC 2012 G2 47% (36-76) 43% (6-14) 88% (22-25)
LAL-PHI 2001 G3 47% (35-75) 40% (4-10) 88% (22-25)
MIA-OKC 2012 G5 52% (40-77) 54% (14-26) 82% (27-33)
SAS-MIA 2014 G3 59% (38-64) 45% (9-20) 81% (26-32)
DET-POR 1990 G4 46% (42-91) 44% (7-16) 88% (21-24)
DET-LAL 1988 G6 49% (39-79) 40% (2-5) 81% (22-27)
DAL-MIA 2006 G2 49% (34-70) 42% (8-19) 82% (23-28)
NJN-LAL 2002 G4 49% (45-92) 44% (4-9) 81% (13-16)
PHI-LAL 2001 G1 48% (40-83) 36% (4-11) 92% (23-25)
IND-LAL 2000 G6 47% (36-77) 48% (12-25) 84% (27-32)
IND-LAL 2000 G3 46% (36-78) 39% (7-18) 88% (21-24)
LAL-DET 1989 G2 45% (35-77) 40% (6-15) 85% (29-34)
MIA-SAS 2014 G1 47% (37-78) 41% (12-29) 82% (9-11)
SAS-DET 2005 G2 47% (29-62) 46% (11-24) 82% (28-34)
LAL-CHI 1991 G1 45% (30-66) 50% (5-10) 82% (28-34)
LAL-BOS 1987 G5 45% (43-95) 50% (4-8) 82% (18-22)
CHI-UTA 1997 G2 46% (32-69) 38% (6-16) 82% (27-33)
BOS-LAL 2008 G4 45% (33-73) 36% (8-22) 82% (23-28)