Andre Iguodala’s historic run continues.
The Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics 125-113 on Sunday to win the Eastern Conference Finals in six games. It marks the sixth straight year Iguodala has reached the NBA Finals, just the 10th player to ever do that.
The other nine are Bill Russell (10), Sam Jones (9), Tom Heinsohn (8), Frank Ramsey (8), LeBron James (8), James Jones (7), K.C. Jones (7), Bob Cousy (7) and Tom Sanders (6).
What makes Iguodala’s streak so impressive is that he’s done it with multiple organizations. (He previously made five straight Finals with the Golden State Warriors.)
LeBron and James Jones are the only others who can make that claim. The rest of the players on that list made six straight Finals with those famed Celtics teams in the 1960s.
Iguodala, 36, was a big factor in clinching his sixth straight trip, posting 15 points, three rebounds, two steals and an assist off the bench in Miami’s Game 6 victory. That included a scorching 4 for 4 mark from 3-point land and a +20 plus-minus that ranked second on the Heat.
It was Iguodala’s highest scoring outburst of the season. He’s mostly a defensive specialist these days.
Three other Arizona Wildcats will join Iggy in the Finals, which will begin Wednesday, Sept. 30—Heat teammate Solomon Hill and Lakers assistants Miles Simon and Quinton Crawford.
Hill had a rebound in five minutes in Game 6.