James leads the way for Cavaliers in Game 3 victory
LeBron James scored 40 points to lead the Cavaliers to a 96-91 victory over the Warriors and a 2-1 lead in the series. James also recorded eight assists, which is one more than the combined total of the rest of the Cavaliers team. No other player in NBA history scored 40 points and recorded at least half of his team’s assists in a Finals game before James. The last player to achieve that feat in any round of the playoffs was Rajon Rondo, who scored 44 points and tallied 10 of the Celtics’ 15 assists in an overtime loss to the Heat in 2012.
James, whose three-game streak with more than 30 field-goal attempts is the longest of his career, has scored 123 points through three Finals games, breaking the record for most points in the first three games of a NBA Finals. Rick Barry had previously held that mark, having scored 122 points in the first three games of the 1967 Finals for the Warriors against the 76ers. James and Barry are also the only players to miss at least 20 field-goal attempts in three consecutive Finals games; Barry had four such games in a row to conclude the 1967 Finals while James now has three such games to begin this year’s Finals.
Matthew Dellavedova played a huge role in the Cavaliers’ Game 3 victory as well, contributing 20 points, including 10 in the third quarter. The scoring output marked Dellavedova’s highest scoring game of the season – his high in the 2014-15 regular season was 18 points (April 15), and his playoff-high was 19 points (May 14) prior to Tuesday. Only one other player in the last 10 seasons scored at least 20 points in a Finals game without recording any 20-point games in the previous regular season or first three rounds of the playoffs. That player happens to be one of Dellavedova’s teammates – Mike Miller scored 23 points in the Heat’s Finals-clinching victory in 2012 against the Thunder, marking his only 20-point effort of the 2011-12 regular season and playoffs.
Heston throws first no-hitter of 2015
In just his 13th major-league start, Chris Heston entered the record books by throwing a no-hitter at Citi Field against the Mets. Heston, who recorded 11 K’s without walking a batter, became the first rookie pitcher to strike out more than 10 opposing hitters without issuing a walk in a no-hitter. Heston’s three HBP’s resulted in the only baserunners for the Mets on Tuesday, and it also put Heston on a list by himself – no other pitcher in major-league history hit at least three opposing batters while completing a no-hitter.
Heston threw the fourth no-hitter for the Giants over the last four seasons – Matt Cain threw a perfect game against the Astros in 2012, and Tim Lincecum no-hit the Padres in 2013 and again in 2014. The only other team in major-league history to throw a no-hitter in each of four consecutive seasons is the Dodgers, though Los Angeles needed just one pitcher – Sandy Koufax – to achieve the feat.
Speaking of Sandy Koufax, the Dodgers great was the last pitcher before Heston to finish a no-hitter with three strikeouts in the final inning. Koufax K’d the last three Cubs in his perfect game on September 9, 1965.