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Cavaliers demolish modern-era NBA Finals record for starters scoring advantage

2016 NBA Finals - Game Three

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 08: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James #23 react during the second half against the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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The Warriors’ bench set a modern-era Finals record in Game 1 by outscoring the Cavaliers’ reserves by 35.

In Game 3, the Cleveland’s starters took their turn making history.

The Cavs’ starters outscored their Golden State counterparts, 105-57. That 48-point advantage is by the most in an Finals game since the NBA adopted a 16-team playoff in 1984.

The 2002 Lakers previously held the record, their starters outscoring the Nets’ by 38 in Game 2. Now rank every team by starter-scoring advantage in a Finals game, and those Lakers are closer to 16th place than first place.

The breakdown from yesterday’s Game 3:


  • Kyrie Irving, 30
  • J.R. Smith, 20
  • Richard Jefferson, 9
  • LeBron James, 32
  • Tristan Thompson, 14


  • Stephen Curry, 19
  • Klay Thompson, 10
  • Harrison Barnes, 18
  • Draymond Green, 6
  • Andrew Bogut, 4

Here’s every Finals game since 1984 where one team’s starters outscored the other’s by at least 30 (the team with the starter-scoring advantage won each time):