After the San Antonio Spurs set a team record for3-pointers made in a NBA Finals game with 16, I wondered what team held the record previously. The game recap on ESPN's website said three teams had held the record, but when I went NBA.com to find out what teams they were, I saw only two. But what was unique was that both teams got the record in the same NBA
It was the 2005 NBA Finals between the Rockets and the Magic in which both teams made 14 3-pt. shots during the series. From looking at box scores for the 1995 NBA Finals on Basketball-Reference.com, Houston had their 14 3-pt. night first in Game 1 of the series. It would have been fitting if the Game 3 of the current series had been televised on TNT instead of ABC because it was the NBA on TNT's Kenny Smith who led the Rockets' 3-point effort with 7 3-pointers made in the game. The Rockets won the game 120-118 in OT against the Magic. Playing against Smith and the Rockets for Orlando was Smith's NBA on TNT cohort, Shaquille O'Neal, who, along with Penny Hardaway, had 26 points in a losing effort.
The Magic was down 3-0 in the 1995 NBA Finals when they made 14 3-pointers in Game 4 of the series. Hardaway and Brian Shaw had 5 apiece, but matching the Rockets' Game 1 3-point makes wasn't enough for the Magic to win the game. Houston had 11 3-pointers of their own, and Houston swept the series 4-0. Leading the 3-point brigade in Game 4 for Houston were Robert Horry and Mario Elie with 4 apiece. According to NBA.com, the 25 combined team 3-pointers in the game still is an NBA record.
Danny Green of the Spurs matched Smith's 3-point total of 7 in Game 3 of the current NBA Finals, which was one shy of the record set of 8 set by the Heat's Ray Allen. Allen set the record as a member of the Boston Celtics against the Lakers in the 2010 NBA Finals, according to Wikipedia.
Also, The Spurs and Heat were one shy of tying the combined record with the Spurs' record-setting 16 3-pointers and the Heat's 8 3-pointers in the game. In Game 2, the teams combined for 20 3-pointers with 10 apiece. With this type of 3-point production from both teams, it seems in the realm of possibility that the combined record has a possibility of falling as well. It would be even more dramatic if the Heat came back and tied the 3-point record that the Spurs just set just like the Magic did in Game 4 of the 1995 NBA Finals.