It was the 181th time in league history that a player attempted 15 or more three-point shots in a game. Williams became the 73rd player to attempt 15 or more threes in a regular season game.
Steph Curry holds the NBA mark with the most games with 15 or more three-point attempts in a game with 24. Following are the nine players who attempted 15 or more three-pointers in five or more regular season games.
7-Eric Gordon, James Harden
6-Kobe Bryant, George McCloud
5-Dennis Scott, Russell Westbrook
J.R. Smith holds the NBA record for most three-point attempts in a game with 22. He made 10 of 22 three-pointers in a game on April 6, 2014 as a member of the New York Knicks versus the Miami Heat.
Williams made eight of his 16 attempts, 50 percent. Of the 181 times when a player attempted 15 or more threes in a game, the player made 50 percent or higher of his attempts in only 64 of those games.
Five different players (Ray Allen, Steph Curry, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson and Russell Westbrook) are tied for the most three-point attempts in a playoff game with 18.
One final note: There have been only five times when a player attempted 15 or more three-pointers and made 70 percent or higher of those shots. Four of those five times were by Steph Curry (the other time was by his teammate, Klay Thompson). Curry has the highest three-point percentage of any player with 15 or more three-point attempts in a game… he made 13 of 17 (76.5%) in a game on November 7, 2016
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Can you name the last Bucks player to score 30 or more points in a game when he did not start that game? (Answer at the end of this article.)
Having a player who can come off the bench and score a lot of points is a big weapon for any NBA team. One of the best in today’s NBA game is Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams.
Williams this season has three games where he scored 30 or more points in a game that he did not start. Those three games tops the league in that category (in addition to Williams, Utah’s Rodney Hood has done it twice, while Memphis’ Tyreke Evans and Denver’s Wil Barton have each done it once each).
Williams now has 13 career games where he scored 30+ points when he did not start that game, good enough for a top 10 spot in NBA history. Here are the 10 players with the most career games with 30 or more points coming off the bench in that contest.
28: Ricky Pierce
26: Eddie Johnson
19: Ben Gordon
17: Kevin McHale
16: Manu Ginobili, J.R. Smith
14: Thurl Bailey
13: Jamal Crawford, Nate Robinson, Lou Williams
The answer to the above question… Caron Butler. The Racine, WI native had 30 points coming off the bench for the bucks in a game on January 22, 2014. Ricky Pierce holds the Bucks’ record for most points scored in a game by a player who didn’t start that game, 45, in a December 5, 1989 contest.
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