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Greatest Finals Performances in NBA History


The NBA Finals is where legends are made and over the years, we have witnessed historical efforts from the game’s best collection of talent. These are the performances that served as the ultimate highlight to the final stage of a grueling season of competition. It was a difficult task because of the multitude of classics to choose from but it was a good predicament to find ourselves in and without giving up any love for those that there were not included in the list, our special mentions go to Isiah Thomas, Bill Walton, James Worthy, Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson, and Larry Bird. Now, let’s shift our focus on the best of the best that the basketball Gods have to offer.

10 – Bill Russell, April 18, 1962

One of the most dominant big men of all-time who played for the most dominant dynasty in NBA history had a Herculean effort in the deciding contest of the 1962 NBA finals. Russell led the Boston Celtics as he scored 30 points and grabbed 40 rebounds, a finals record, in a game where he was pitted against another all-time great in the Los Angeles Lakers’ Elgin Baylor. The Celtics went on to win the title and it was the fourth of their league-record eight straight championships.

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