4. Chase Budinger- April 26th, 2012
The 2011-12 season was a bit of a disappointment for the Houston Rockets, as it’s the only time the Rockets missed the playoffs in the last nine years. Although the Rockets struggled during the lockout-shortened season, there were several big performances by numerous players, including Chase Budinger.
Budinger averaged 9.6 points per game that season, and shot 40.2 percent from 3-point range, which was a career-best for the seven-year forward. In the Rockets’ final game against the New Orleans Hornets, Budinger continued his stellar long-range shooting, as he drained five treys, which is tied for the second-most 3-pointers he made in a single game throughout his career.
Budinger shot 55.6 percent from deep, as he went 5-of-9 from behind the arc. All in all, the Arizona product had 27 points, which was not only a game-high, but also a season-high. Budinger added four rebounds and played 42 minutes, which was a team-high that day.
The 6-foot-7 sharpshooter turned in an incredibly efficient day at the office, as he had a true shooting percentage of 69.9 percent, which was also a team-high. Although the Rockets were playing without Chandler Parsons and their leading scorer in Kevin Martin, it didn’t matter because Budinger’s stellar play led them to an 84-77 victory.