The Best of the Day: May 16th, 2021
An epic ending to the 2021 regular season highlighted by Curry and Westbrook’s historic seasons
The 2020-21 NBA season concluded on Sunday, as all 30 teams were in action on the final day of the regular season. The day was highlighted by a huge performance from Steph Curry, who led the Warriors to a crucial win over Memphis to nab the No. 8 seed. Curry dropped 46 points, and in doing so, clinched his second-career scoring title (32.0 PPG).
This was a historic season for Curry, likely his best ever, which is saying something for the greatest shooter in history and the only player ever to win an unanimous league MVP. He is the oldest player (33) since Michael Jordan to lead the league in scoring, and recorded the most 30+ GP (38) in a season, also the most since Jordan. Curry shattered several 3PT records, including a record fourth season with 300+ 3PM (led NBA with 337), seven GP with 10+ 3PM (most ever), and the most 3PM/GP (5.3) in NBA history.
Steph Curry 2020-21 season:
— 32.0 PPG (leads NBA)
— Oldest to win scoring title since MJ
— 38 30-point games (most since MJ)
— 337 threes (leads NBA)
— 4th 300-three season (most ever)
— 7 10-three games (most ever)
— 5.3 3PG (most ever)
— Broke Warriors all-time scoring record pic.twitter.com/DS84gkjcAv
— StatMuse (@statmuse) May 16, 2021
Curry wasn’t the only PG to have a ridiculous season though, as Russell Westbrook put up insane numbers in his first season with the Wizards. Russ extended his own NBA-record with his fourth season averaging a triple-double (22.2 PTS/11.7 AST/11.5 REB). It seems only fitting that he concluded the regular season with a triple-double (23 PTS/15 REB/10 AST), his 38th of the season (third-most ever), in Washington’s win over Charlotte to clinch the No. 8 seed with the right to earn the No. 7 seed vs. Boston.
22.2 PPG | 11.5 RPG | 11.7 APG
Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the season for the fourth time in his career.
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) May 16, 2021
Most triple-doubles during 1 season in NBA history:
1. 2016-17 Russell Westbrook (42)
2. 1961-62 Oscar Robertson (41)
3. 2020-21 Russell Westbrook (38)
3. 2018-19 Russell Westbrook (34)
4. 1967-68 Wilt Chamberlain (31)
— Pro Sports Outlook (@PSO_Sports) May 17, 2021
Now with the regular season in the books, the play-in tournament is set to begin Tuesday, May 18th. There are some exciting matchups set, but none more so than Lakers-Warriors, as LeBron and the defending champs will face off with his old NBA Finals nemesis in Steph. Celtics-Wizards is sure to be entertaining as well, even without Jaylen Brown and maybe not a 100% Bradley Beal. Despite the injury concerns, the NBA has to love how the matchups turned out, which means the play-in tournament likely won’t be going anywhere.
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