The NBA Finals are where the game's greatest go to strengthen their legacies. Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is doing just that, as he became the first player since LeBron James to score 40-plus points in back-to-back Finals games. Antetokounmpo's recent scoring outburst has brought to light how rare 40-point Finals game really are.
Most 40-Point Games in NBA Finals
Antetokounmpo now has two 40-point Finals games to his name, which is no small feat. That's more than players like Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant, all of whom have just one Finals game with 40 points.
But it's Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West who reigns supreme. West has 10 career 40-point Finals games, according to StatMuse. The next closest is current Laker LeBron James at eight such games, followed by Michael Jordan (6) and Shaquille O'Neal (5).
Antetokounmpo has quite a way to catch West or even James, but he could get within striking distance if he keeps it up against the Suns. The Bucks star is currently favored to finish the series averaging over 34.5 points, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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