Imagine being a basketball player who doesn’t miss a shot in a game. Now imagine that game comes against the defending World Champions. And… against the team with the player people call “The Greatest Shooter in NBA History,” Steph Curry. The Bucks’ Grayson Allen lived that dream.
In the Bucks’ 128-11 win over Golden State on Tuesday night, Grayson Allen contributed to the win with 16 points. But it was his shooting stats in the box score that got some attention.
Grayson Allen’s shooting stat line from December 13
Two-point Shots: 4-for-4
Three-point Shots: 2-for-2
Free Throws: 2-for-2
Grayson Allen took eight shots that night, four two-point attempts, two three-point attempts, and two free throws. And he did not miss a shot. Eight shots, no misses. If you are gong to have a night where you don’t miss a shot, better it come on a night versus the defending World Champions and the shooting GOAT, Steph Curry.
It was the second time this season that a player attempted four or more two-point shots, attempted two or more three-pointers, and attempted two or more free throws and did not miss a shot. The other player who accomplished this feat this season was Trey Murray III of New Orleans on October 25.
Murray went 8-for-8 from the field including 4-for-4 from the three-point arc and made both his free throw attempts in that game against Dallas.
There have now been 33 NBA players who did not miss a shot in a game where they attempted four or more two-pointers, two or more three-pointers, and two or more free throws. The only player to do it twice in a career was the Knicks’ Lance Thomas who did it in games in April 2015 and December 2015.
Charles Barkley had a perfect shooting night in 1989
The first player, surprisingly to not miss a shot in a game where they had four or more two-pointers, two or more three-pointers, and two or more free throws was Charles Barkley. He went 8-for-8 on two-point attempts, 2-for-2 on three-point shots, and 9-for-9 on free throws in a game March 24, 1989, when his 76ers beat the Spurs 135-122. Barkley ended that game with 31 points.
Those numbers were reached only once in an NBA playoff game. Doug Christie on May 9, 2002, had 20 points for Sacramento in a 125-119 win over Dallas. Christie made 4-of-4 two-point attempts, was 2-for-2 from the three-point arc and made all six of his free throws.
Note: Only one player in NBA history has ever made all his shots in a game with four or more two-point, three-point, and free throw attempts. Ish Smith of Washington on December 20, 2019 was 5-for-5 on two-point attempts, 4-for-4 on three-point attempts, and 4-for-4 on free throws (26 points) in that game.
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