Aussies in NBA: All-time playoffs record holders

We’ve gone back into The Pick and Roll archives to find which Australian NBA player holds the record in each major statistical category during the playoffs.


Points:

Joe Ingles – 27

vs HOU – 2 May 2018 – Game 2, 2nd Round

Following a game 1 road loss to the Rockets, Joe Ingles sparked the Jazz in front of a hostile crowd to an unlikely game 2 victory. Ingles drained 7-9 three-pointers on his way to registering a team-high 27 points as the Jazz connected on 15-32 from beyond the arc.

The game 2 victory would prove to be the only one the Jazz would log in the series, bowing out of the playoffs 1-4, but not before Ingles’ career-high effort.

Rebounds:

Andrew Bogut – 21

vs DEN – 2 May 2013 – Game 6, 1st round

Bogut was a power in the paint for the no.6 seeded Warriors in getting the 92-88 win and upsetting the no.3 seeded Nuggets 4-2.

It was a crucial victory as it saved the Warriors from going back to Denver for Game 7.

Bogut also added a season-high 14 points, 4 blocks and 3 assists in a splendid all-round performance.

Assists:

Ben Simmons – 14

vs MIA – 14 April 2018 – Game 1, 1st Round

Ben Simmons made his NBA Playoff debut in outstanding fashion, handing out 14 assists with 17 points and 9 rebounds as the 76ers steamrolled the Heat by 27 points.

Simmons was just 1 rebound away from a historic first playoff triple-double, but it was still a brilliant outing from the 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year.

Steals:

Joe Ingles – 5

vs HOU – 17 April 2019 – Game 2, 1st Round

There is something about Joe Ingles and the Houston Rockets.

While the Rockets got the better of the Jazz to take a 2-0 series lead, Ingles was again prominent, albeit defensively this time unlike his 27 point explosion a year earlier against the same opponent. 5 steals in a playoff game is nothing to be sneezed at.

Blocks:

Luc Longley – 6 

vs MIA – 28 May 1997 – Game 5, Conference Finals

Longley got long around the rim against the Miami Heat, helping the Bulls take the series 4-1.

Going head-to-head with Alonzo Mourning, Longley produced a great all-around game, with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals added to his block tally.

The Bulls would go on to win the middle Championship of their second Three-Peat during the 90’s (please don’t tell Pat Riley I used his word).

Note: The clip of the game is mostly Michael Jordan doing awesome Michael Jordan stuff, but that’s always fun to watch. 

3-pointers:

Joe Ingles – 7

vs HOU – 2 May 2018 – Game 2, 2nd Round

Ingles was on fire in the Jazz’ matchup against the James Harden-led Rockets. He went a sizzling hot 7-9 from beyond the arc for a team-high 27 points to spark the Jazz to their only victory of the series, a 10-point road win in game 2.


Regular season record holders can be seen here.

Jayme Markus

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