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Danny Green shoots 5-for-5 on 3-pointers in historic performance

Jun 10, 2013, 1:33 AM EDT

Spurs' Green reacts after a three point basket against the Heat during Game 2 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami Reuters

Asked after Game 1 how Danny Green had progressed since they played together for the Cavaliers, LeBron James responded, “Is that a serious question?”

You can bet LeBron will get more questions now about his former Cleveland teammate, and now he’ll know they’re serious.

Green shot 5-for-5 on 3-pointers and 6-for-6 overall to lead the Spurs with 17 points during their 103-84 loss to the Heat in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. He set an NBA Finals record for 3-pointers made without a miss in a single game, besting the 4-for-4 marks of Paul Pierce (2008) and Scott Wedman (1985). Green also tied Robert Horry’s franchise record with five 3-pointers made in a Finals game.

Tony Parker assisted three of Green’s 3s, and Kawhi Leonard assisted another in transition. But this wasn’t just a limited role player standing in the corner waiting for his teammates to make plays for him. Green also made a 3-pointer off the dribble while running a pick-and-roll, and he even blocked a LeBron shot.

Green and Parker are the only two Spurs to score double digits in both Finals games. Not bad for a player the Spurs cut twice because he didn’t bring consistent effort.

By leading San Antonio in scoring, Green joined even more elite company. In the last four years, onlyLeBron, Parker,Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Jason Terry,Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen,Kevin Garnettand Pau Gasol had led a team in scoring during the Finals before tonight.

Green – a second-round pick in 2009 and a small piece of the Cavaliers teams LeBron deemed not good enough – didn’t help his new team best his old teammate, but he sure delivered a game to remember.

  1. divan22 - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    “By leading San Antonio in scoring, Green joined even more elite company. In the last four years, only LeBron, Parker, Kevin Durant , Russell Westbrook , Jason Terry, Dirk Nowitzki , Dwyane Wade , Kobe Bryant , Paul Pierce , Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Pau Gasol had led a team in scoring during the Finals before tonight.”

    This may be the most useless postgame factoid I’ve ever read. I love the use of “ONLY” followed by a 12-name list. And that’s just in the last 4 years!

    • erckle31 - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:20 AM

      Seriously, a large amount of these stats are arbitrary and unnecessary. 12 players out of a possible 48 in the last 4 Finals is not really a small proportion.

      • hehateme2 - Jun 10, 2013 at 6:56 AM

        Mike Miller hit more last year….. plus didn’t get blown out in the process.

    • addictedzone - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      And after last night we can now add Mario Chalmers to that “ONLY” list.meaning there have “ONLY” been 14 in four years.

  2. rickyspanish - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    That dude was draining threes. I find it surprising the record was four before tonight.

  3. Sports King of this world - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Great individual game but terrible offensive team game. Duncan, Ginobli nor Parker, were on their game. That won’t happen again.

  4. jzone954 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    How about a little credit to Miamis defense? It’s not like the spurs just didn’t want to play.

  5. lastdukestreetking - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    If the Spurs can’t average more than 88ppg then they’re toast.

  6. bigbluebob - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Green was on fire..He isn’t a very good defender though..Still 5-5 from downtown was aggravating me..

  7. gaysgo2hell - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Did mike miller hit 7/8 3 pointers last game of the finals last year?

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