A record-setting opener: 2014 WNBA Finals game one records
2014 WNBA Finals game one records
Phoenix 83, Chicago 62
Sept. 7, 2014
- Candice Dupree connected on her first 10 field goal attempts, setting a playoff and Finals record for consecutive made shots. The previous playoff best was 9 by Brittney Griner (Phoenix at L.A., Aug. 24, 2014); previous Finals best was 8 by Seimone Augustus (Minnesota vs. Atlanta, Oct. 5, 2011).
- Phoenix shot 58.5 percent (38-of-65) from the field, setting a Finals record for highest shooting percentage in a Finals game (previous record: 56.9 percent (33-of-58) by Minnesota vs. Atlanta – Oct. 8, 2013).
- Phoenix’s 22-point lead at halftime (42-20) was the largest halftime lead in Finals history (previous record: 21 [42-21] by Los Angeles vs. Detroit – Sept. 12, 2003).
- Griner recorded the most blocks in a Finals game (8), half (6, first), and quarter (5, first) in Finals history. The previous postseason high was 7 by Lisa Leslie (three times, including L.A. vs. Charlotte, Sept. 1, 2011).
- Diana Taurasi’s 11 assists tied a Finals single-game record held by Nikki Teasley (three times) and Tamika Catchings (Indiana vs. Phoenix, Oct. 1, 2009). Taurasi’s 7 assists in the first half tied a Finals record for the most assists in one half of a Finals game (tied Nikki Teasley, L.A. at New York – Aug. 29, 2002).
- Chicago scored the fewest points in a Finals first quarter all-time (8). The previous low was 11 (Minnesota vs. Indiana, Oct. 17, 2012).
- Chicago’s 20 points in the first half tied the fewest points in a Finals first half all-time (also New York vs. Houston, Sept. 2, 1999).
- Chicago tied the highest free throw percentage in a Finals game (1,000%, 16-of-16). Also, San Antonio vs. Detroit (Sept. 1, 2008, 14-of-14) and Indiana at Minnesota (Oct. 14, 2012, 9-of-9).