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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / The 12 Greatest Single Game Performances in NBA Finals History

The 12 Greatest Single Game Performances in NBA Finals History

The greatest single-game performances in NBA Finals History!
Publish Date: 04/11/2022
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Today we are going to count down the greatest single-game performances in NBA Finals history.

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12) Allen Iverson 2001 Finals Game 1

The Sixers were a huge underdog entering this series and they would eventually lose in just 5 games but Allen Iverson’s game one performance was one for the ages. Iverson scored 48 points, six assists, five rebounds, five steals and catapulted Philly to a 107-101 road upset in overtime. That night marked Iverson’s third straight 40-point effort during the playoffs — with the previous two coming in Games 6 and 7 of the Eastern Conference finals (against Milwaukee).

Video: Throwback: Allen Iverson 48 vs Kobe Bryant 15 Duel Highlights (NBA Finals 2001 Game 1), Classic!

Throwback: Allen Iverson 48 vs Kobe Bryant 15 Duel Highlights (NBA Finals 2001 Game 1), Classic!

11) Tom Heinson 1957 Finals Game 7

Nobody really talks about this one, but they should. The Boston Celtics won a double-overtime game 7 because of Tom Heinson. The Celtics stellar backcourt of Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman disappeared in this game shooting a combined 5-40. Heinson on the other hand was phenomenal scoring 37 points to save the Celtics.

Video: St Louis Hawks at Boston Celtics - NBA Finals Game 7 Highlights (April 13, 1957)

St Louis Hawks at Boston Celtics – NBA Finals Game 7 Highlights (April 13, 1957)

10) Michael Jordan 1993 Finals Game 4

The Phoenix Suns had lost the first two games of this series at home and the series looked all but over. That was until a classic triple-overtime win in game 3 had put the Suns squarely back in the series. Jordan in game 4 scored 55 points and carried the Bulls to a 3-1 series lead over Charles Barkley and the Suns, the result of 21-of-37 shooting, eight rebounds, and four assists. It also stands as Jordan’s highest-scoring game during the NBA Finals.

Video: NBA Finals 1993. Phoenix Suns vs Chicago Bulls - Game Highlights | Game 4 | Jordan 55 HD 720p/60fps

NBA Finals 1993. Phoenix Suns vs Chicago Bulls – Game Highlights | Game 4 | Jordan 55 HD 720p/60fps

9) Rick Barry 1967 Finals Game 3

What really makes Barry’s performance in this game special was that it was against the 1967 Philadelphia 76ers (starring Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer, Chet Walker, and Billy Cunningham) tabbed as the greatest team in NBA history. Battu scored 55 points in leading the underdog San Francisco Warriors to a thrilling 130-124 victory. The thing that makes this game for Barry even more remarkable was the fact that he had no three-point line and he was only 11-19 from the free-throw line. Barry could have easily set the NBA finals single-game scoring record.

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1967 finals barry 55pts gAme3

8) Bob Pettit 1958 Finals Game 6

Pettit scored 50 points in this game that gave the Hawks franchise their only NBA Title. What made it more remarkable is that Pettit scored 19 of the Hawks last 21 points and every one of those points was huge as the Hawks clinched the Title with a one-point win over the Boston Celtics.

Video: 1958 NBA Finals Game 6. St. Louis Hawks vs. Boston Celtics. Bob Pettit with 50 Points

1958 NBA Finals Game 6. St. Louis Hawks vs. Boston Celtics. Bob Pettit with 50 Points

7) Jerry West 1969 Finals Game 7

I know the Lakers lost this game 7 at home to Boston but it wasn’t because of Jerry West. West is still to this day the only player from a losing team to bring home an NBA Finals MVP. In-game 7 West kept the Lakers in the game scoring 42-points and securing 13 rebounds and adding 12-assist.

Video: 1969 NBA Finals Gm. 7 Celtics vs. Lakers (4th Quarter)

1969 NBA Finals Gm. 7 Celtics vs. Lakers (4th Quarter)

6) Isaiah Thomas 1988 Finals Game 6

Thomas finished with 43 points, eight assists, and six steals in Game 6. But the story of this game was the third quarter which Thomas played a large portion of on a sprained ankle. It seemed in that third quarter everything Thomas threw up was going in, Thomas ended up scoring 25 points in that third quarter.

Video: Isiah Thomas: 43 Points Vs LA Lakers (1988 Finals Game 6)

Isiah Thomas: 43 Points Vs LA Lakers (1988 Finals Game 6)

5) Walt Frazier 1970 Finals Game 7

Everybody forgets because of Willis Reed’s first four points just how Special Frazier was on this night. Frazier dominated this winner-take-all classic for the Knicks, tallying 36 points and 19 assists in New York’s championship-clinching victory over the Lakers. For the night, Frazier made 12 field goals and all 12 free throws. Check out our guide to the best bookmakers!

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Walt “Clyde” Frazier 36 pts,19 ast, nba finals 1970 knicks vs lakers game 7

4) Elgin Baylor 1962 Finals Game 5

Baylor still holds the record to this day for the most points ever scored in a finals game as he tallied 61 points against the vaunted Boston Celtics. He made 22 field goals and 17 free throws.

Video: Elgin Baylor at Celtics (1962 NBA Finals Game 5) - 61 Pts, 22 Rebs, Highest Scoring Finals Game!

Elgin Baylor at Celtics (1962 NBA Finals Game 5) – 61 Pts, 22 Rebs, Highest Scoring Finals Game!

3) James Worthy 1988 Finals Game 7

The Lakers in 1988 were vying to become the first team in two decades to repeat as NBA champions; and they would not have accomplished the feat, outlasting the title-worthy Detroit Pistons if James Worthy hadn’t carried L.A. on his back in the winner-take-all Game 7, racking up 36 points, 16 boards, and 10 assists. This led to a title that would stick with Worthy forever, Big Game James!

Video: James Worthy's 1988 Finals MVP Top 10 Plays

James Worthy’s 1988 Finals MVP Top 10 Plays

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2) Magic Johnson 1980 Finals game 6

Magic Johnson rolled for 42 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists in an NBA Finals game and that in itself is special, but the circumstances are what gets this performance ranked so high. Lakers center Kareem Abdul Jabbar was out with a sprained ankle and Magic lined up at center for part of the game, let’s face it in this game Magic did what had to be done to win a title and he did this in his rookie year.

Video: Rookie Magic Johnson Full Game 6 Highlights vs 76ers (1980 NBA Finals) - 42 Pts, 15 Reb, FINALS MVP!

Rookie Magic Johnson Full Game 6 Highlights vs 76ers (1980 NBA Finals) – 42 Pts, 15 Reb, FINALS MVP!

1) Bill Russell 1962 Finals Game 7

Russell’s ultimate greatness lies within Game 7 of the 1962 NBA Finals, with Russell absurdly notching 30 points and 40 rebounds and spurring the Celtics to a 110-107 overtime victory over the Lakers. Could you imagine if somebody had a game like this in game 7 of an NBA Finals today?

Video: 1962 NBA Finals G7 - Lakers @ Celtics (Russell, West, Cousy, Baylor...)

1962 NBA Finals G7 – Lakers @ Celtics (Russell, West, Cousy, Baylor…)

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