NBA Finals: Durant, Westbrook Join Legendary Duos with Game 1 Scoring Outburst

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NBA Finals: Durant, Westbrook Join Legendary Duos with Game 1 Scoring Outburst
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Durant & Westbrook made NBA Finals history last night

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook not only outscored the whole Miami Heat team by themselves in the second half of Tuesday’s Game 1 win, but the high-scoring duo from Oklahoma City also joined an elite group of teammates that have scored 27 or more points in an NBA Finals game.

The last duo to accomplish this feat were the Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal on June 8th, 2004.

That was also the last time three players scored 27 or more points in a NBA Finals game until last night. Miami’s LeBron James went for 30 points in Game 1 while Durant and Westbrook scored 36 points and 27 points, respectively. The Detroit Pistons' Chauncey Billups had 27 points in the Pistons' losing effort to the Lakers in the aforementioned 2004 game.

Three players have scored 27-plus points in an NBA Finals game eight times since 1986.

Going back to 1986, there have been 17 sets of teammates that scored 27 or more points in a NBA Finals game. The last set of teammates to score 27-plus points in a finals loss was in 1998, when the Bulls' Toni Kukoc and Michael Jordan scored 30 and 28 points in a Game 1 defeat to Utah.

Here are the following sets of teammates that scored 27 or more points in an NBA Finals game since 1986.

Date, Team, teammates with 27+ points

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Kobe & Shaq

June 12, 2012: Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant (36), Russell Westbrook (27)

June 8, 2004: L.A. Lakers, Kobe Bryant (33), Shaquille O’Neal (29)

June 9, 2002: L.A. Lakers, Kobe Bryant (36), Shaquille O’Neal (35)

June 10, 2001: L.A. Lakers, Kobe Bryant (32), Shaquille O’Neal (30)

June 8, 2001: L.A. Lakers, Kobe Bryant (31), Shaquille O’Neal (28)

June 14, 2000: L.A. Lakers, Shaquille O’Neal 36, Kobe Bryant (28)

June 12, 1998: Chicago, Toni Kukoc (30), Michael Jordan (28)

June 10, 1998: Chicago, Michael Jordan (34), Scottie Pippen (28)

June 1, 1997: Chicago, Michael Jordan (31), Scottie Pippen (27)

June 9, 1995: Orlando, Shaquille O’Neal (33), Penny Hardaway (32)

June 9, 1995: Houston, Hakeem Olajuwon (34), Sam Cassell (31)

June 9, 1993: Chicago, Michael Jordan (31), Scottie Pippen (27)

June 12, 1991: Chicago, Scottie Pippen (32), Michael Jordan (30)

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MJ and Scottie

June 12, 1990: Portland, Clyde Drexler (34), Jerome Kersey (33)

June 7, 1987: L.A. Lakers, Magic Johnson (32), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (27)

June 2, 1987: L.A. Lakers, James Worthy (33), Magic Johnson (29)

June 8, 1986: Boston, Larry Bird (29), Kevin McHale (29)

Did you know? The last time two sets of teammates scored 27-plus points in an NBA Finals game was June 9, 1995, when Orlando’s O’Neal (33) and Hardaway (32) lost to the Rockets' Olajuwon (34) and Cassell (31).

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