From triple-doubles to single-quarter scoring explosions, there are a number of great individual performances to choose from in Finals history. So what constitutes a truly great Finals performance? NBA.com sifted through the history books and video highlights to compile an unofficial list of the Greatest Performances in Finals History. Read the descriptions and watch the video to get a sense of the game's championship history, then tune in to ABC on June 6 for the start of The Finals. Also, check out the Greatest Finals Moments and vote for your championship team in the All-Time Finals Challenge.


25. (Tie) 1974: John Havlicek - Sent Game 6 to first, second overtimes; named Finals MVP
Nine years before, Havlicek broke Sixers' fans' collective hearts when he stole Hal Greer's inbounds pass. En route to a Finals MVP award, Havlicek helped the Celtics steal Game 7 in Milwaukee. Hondo almost single-handedly won Game 6 in the Boston Garden when he sent the game into both overtimes and put the Celtics ahead by one in the second OT before Kareem hit his famous sky-hook to send the series back to Milwaukee.
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25. (Tie) 1960: Bill Russell - 22 points, 35 rebounds in Game 7
Bill Russell won 11 NBA titles with the Boston Celtics and was 10-0 in Game 7s at any level of the NBA playoffs. Five of those Game 7s came in the NBA Finals. When you look at his stats in Game 7 of the 1960 Finals against the St. Louis Hawks, it's easy to see why Russell never failed when his team needed him to succeed the most.
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24. 2001: Allen Iverson - 48 points in shocking Game 1 overtime win in Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Lakers had won 19 straight heading into Game 1 of the 2001 Finals, including 11 consecutive wins in the Western Conference playoffs. The Philadelphia 76ers had just finished their second consecutive seven-game series three days before, but the Sixers and league MVP Allen Iverson took it to the mighty Lakers. Iverson poured in 48 points to lead Philly to a shocking Game 1 overtime triumph.
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23. 1995: Hakeem Olajuwon - Averaged 32.8 points, 11.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists in sweep
Coming into his second consecutive Finals series, the Rockets and Hakeem Olajuwon had already dispatched of league MVP David Robinson and the Spurs. Now, Olajuwon faced the upstart Orlando Magic, who were led by a young and hungry Shaquille O'Neal. It was no contest as Olajuwon tipped in a game-winner with 0.3 in overtime to give the Rockets a Game 1 win en route to a sweep.
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22. 2001: Shaquille O'Neal - 28 points, 20 rebounds, 9 assists, 8 blocks in series-tying Game 2
After the Lakers suffered a stunning loss in Game 1 to the Philadelphia 76ers, Shaquille O'Neal came to the rescue. After scoring 44 points and grabbing 20 boards in Game 1, O'Neal nearly had a quadruple-double in Game 2. For the second consecutive game, Shaq grabbed 20 rebounds and added 28 points, nine assists and tied an NBA playoff-record with eight swats. The Lakers would win Game 2 and take the series in five.
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21. 1972: Wilt Chamberlain - 24 points, 29 rebounds in series-clinching Game 5
No team had cut as wide a swath through the NBA as the Los Angeles Lakers did in 1972. They won 69 games, including a professional sports record of 33 in a row at one point and had breezed their way to the Finals. The Knicks had some hope before Game 5 as reports had Lakers center Wilt Chamberlain unable to play. But Wilt took an anti-inflammatory injection, and his 24 points and 29 rebounds helped the Lakers win their first title in L.A, with Wilt winning the Finals MVP trophy.
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20. 2003: Tim Duncan - 21 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists, 8 blocks in series-clinching Game 6
Spurs big man and reigning league MVP Tim Duncan had the game of his life in Game 6 of the 2003 NBA Finals. Duncan helped the Spurs overcome a nine-point fourth quarter deficit and he fell two blocks shy of a quadruple-double. His eight blocks tied a playoffs record.
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19. 1967: Rick Barry - 55 points in Game 3 win
The Philadelphia 76ers rolled to a then-record 68 regular-season wins, but this was the Finals and San Francisco Warriors forward Rick Barry showed no fear. The league's scoring leader poured in the second-best scoring performance in Finals history with 55 points to lead the Warriors to a Game 3 win. The Sixers would go on to win the series in six games.
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18. 1993: Michael Jordan - 55 points in Game 4 win
Michael Jordan missed 24 shots in Game 3. He made sure that Game 4 would be different. Jordan poured in 55 points on 21-of-37 shooting as the Bulls topped the Suns 111-105. Jordan tied Rick Barry for the second-best scoring output in Finals history and was eventually awarded his third consecutive Finals MVP award.
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17. 1957: Tom Heinsohn - 37 points, 23 rebounds in Game 7 double-overtime win as a rookie
In his first Game 7 of an NBA Finals, Boston rookie Tom Heinsohn emerged as a star. With the Celtics veteran starting backcourt combining for a miserable 5-for-40, Heinsohn made sure the Celtics' first NBA title was a memorable one. Heinsohn scored 37 points and grabbed 23 boards as Boston topped St. Louis 125-123 in double overtime.
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16. 1949: George Mikan - 42 points in Game 1, 22 points in Game 5 after breaking his wrist
When we think of playing hurt in the NBA Finals, we think of Willis Reed. But the NBA's original dominant big man, George Mikan, played Game 5 of the 1949 Finals with a cast on his broken wrist. He scored 22 points as the Lakers went on to win their first-ever NBA title. His scoring tear also gave him a then-record 303 points in one postseason (10 games).
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15. 1985: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Rallies from dismal Game 1 to be named Finals MVP at 38
As the game's dominant big man, the game came to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. But with Magic Johnson in the fold, the Lakers turned into Showtime. Yet, in the Finals, Kareem, at age 38, showed he still had game. Kareem scored 36 points in Game 5 and 29 points -- including 18 in the second half -- in Game 6 of the Boston Garden as the Lakers finally broke through against the Celtics in the Finals.
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14. 1992: Michael Jordan - 35 points and six 3-pointers in first half of Game 1
Even Michael Jordan didn't know what to make of it. Not known for his 3-point shooting, Jordan just shrugged his shoulders after draining his record-setting sixth trey in Clifford Robinson's face during the first half of Game 1 against the Portland Trailblazers. Jordan's 35 first-half points set a Finals record and he finished with 39.
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13. 2000: Shaquille O'Neal - Averaged 38.0 points and 16.7 rebounds in thoroughly dominating series
After being swept in his first Finals appearance, Shaquille O'Neal made sure he wouldn't suffer the same fate. O'Neal averaged a whopping 38.0 points and 16.7 rebounds in the Laker's six-game triumph over the Indiana Pacers. O'Neal's performance was more than enough to earn him his first of three consecutive Finals MVP awards.
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12. 1988: James Worthy - 36 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists in Game 7 to win Finals MVP
It's no wonder they called him "Big Game" James. Heading back to L.A. down 3-2 to the Pistons, the Lakers scored a one-point win in Game 6, setting the stage for Big Game. In Game 7, Worthy saved his best Finals performance for last with a triple-double: 36 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists as the Lakers became the first team since the 1969 Celtics to repeat as NBA champions.
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11. 1998: Michael Jordan - 45 points in Game 6, including steal that led to game-winner
It may have been the best-ever ending to a career steeped in excellence. The Jazz held a one-point lead and Utah's All-Star power forward Karl Malone held the ball. But Jordan faked like he was going to follow his man weakside, but stopped and stripped Malone. The ball then never left Jordan's hands until he launched a game-winning 20-footer over Bryon Russell. Jordan finished with 45 points, his sixth title and his sixth NBA Finals MVP award.
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10. 1977: Bill Walton - 20 points, 23 rebounds, 7 assists, 8 blocks in series-clinching Game 6
The Portland Trail Blazers were appearing in their first-ever postseason, let alone their first Finals. And after the Philadelphia 76ers won the first two games, the outlook appeared bleak for the Blazers. But Portland won the next three games and center Bill Walton applied the coup de grace with a 20-point, 23-rebound performance in Game 6. He was named Finals MVP.
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9. 1969: Jerry West - 42 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists in Game 7; only player to be named MVP in losing effort
Jerry West was making his sixth trip to the NBA Finals in 1969. The previous five had ended in defeat, each by the Boston Celtics' hand. Trip No. 6 appeared to be different as the Lakers took a 3-2 series lead, but a Game 6 loss sent the series back to L.A. West had a triple-double with 42 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, but the Celtics prevailed again, winning Game 7, 108-106. West's performance earned him the Finals MVP, the only player from a losing team ever to do so.
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8. 1986: Larry Bird - 29 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists in dominating Game 6 performance
In 1986, Larry Bird was the NBA's best player and the Boston Celtics the league's best team. And in Game 6 of the 1986 Finals, Bird and the Celtics showed why. Bird helped Boston clinch its 16th NBA title with a triple-double performance of 29 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists.
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7. 1958: Bob Pettit - 50 points, including 19 of St. Louis' last 21, in series-clinching Game 6
If there were one team in the NBA that could challenge Bill Russell's Celtics for the championship, it was Bob Pettit's St. Louis Hawks. After losing a heartbreaker of a Game 7 in The Finals the year before, Pettit made sure the Hawks got their NBA title in Game 6. Pettit notched 50 points, including 19 of the Hawks' final 21 as St. Louis eked out a 110-109 win to close out the Hawks' only NBA title to date.
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6. 1970: Walt Frazier - 36 points and 19 assists to lead Knicks in Game 7 after Reed's emotional entrance
Willis Reed may have opened the door, but it was Walt "Clyde" Frazier who closed it on the Lakers in Game 7. Reed, suffering from a torn thigh, made a brief but inspiring appearance in the first quarter to give the Knicks a psychological lift. Frazier took over after that, scoring 36 points and dishing 19 assists, as the Knicks clobbered the Lakers 113-99 for New York's first NBA title.
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5. 1962: Bill Russell - 30 points and 40 rebounds in Game 7 overtime win
Game 7 in the '62 Finals went to overtime and, thanks to Bill Russell, the Celtics added another notch to their championship belt. The Celtics had already forced a Game 7 with a Game 6 win in L.A. two days before. In the final contest, Russell scored 30 points and grabbed an incredible 40 rebounds as the Celtics won their fourth of eight consecutive titles.
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4. 1962: Elgin Baylor - 61 points, 22 rebounds to lead Lakers to Game 5 win
The Los Angeles Lakers were making their first Finals appearance and it looked as if they were going to make it a success thanks to Elgin Baylor. The forward poured in a Finals record (and then-playoffs record) 61 points against the Celtics in the Boston Garden, giving the Lakers a 3-2 series lead.
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3. 1988: Isiah Thomas - 25 points on a severely sprained ankle in the third quarter of Game 6
When it comes to toughness, pound-for-pound, Isiah Thomas may have been the toughest player in NBA history. In Game 6 of the 1988 NBA Finals, he showed why. Playing on an ankle so severely sprained he could barely put weight on it, Thomas scored 25 points in the third quarter -- a Finals record for points in a quarter. Despite his valiant effort, the Pistons would lose Game 6 and eventually the series to the Lakers.
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2. 1997: Michael Jordan - 38 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists with the flu in decisive Game 5 in Utah
Bitten hard by the flu bug, Michael Jordan was so ill some speculated that he wouldn't be able to play in Game 5 against the Jazz in Utah with the series tied at 2-2. Jordan fought the Jazz, dehydration and exhaustion (he could barely walk to the bench during timeouts) -- and won. Jordan turned in another masterful performance with 38 points and seven rebounds, sending the series back to Chicago with the Bulls up 3-2 in the series. Two days later, the Bulls won their fifth title in six years.
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1. 1980: Magic Johnson - 42 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists in series-clinching Game 6, in place of injured Kareem
In one game, a 20-year-old rookie named Magic Johnson went from precocious to prodigious. With six-time NBA MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar out with a severe ankle sprain, Magic started at center and turned in the best performance ever in an NBA Finals game -- 42 points, 15 boards, seven assists -- on the road, no less -- as the Lakers won their first of five NBA titles in the '80s.
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Honorable Mention:
1947
Philadelphia's Joe Fulks scored 37 points, including 29 in the second half against Chicago
1967
Philadelphia's Wilt Chamberlain grabs eight boards and blocks six shots in the fourth quarter of the series-clinching Game 6 win against San Francisco. Chamberlain averaged 28.5 rebounds for the series.
1983
After making his famous "Fo', fo', fo' ..." prediction, Sixers center Moses Malone made good on his promise and led Philly to a Finals win over the Lakers. Malone was named Finals MVP.
1984
In Game 5 against the Lakers, Boston's Larry Bird scored 34 points on 15-of-20 shooting. The Celtics won the game and The Finals, and Bird was named MVP with averages of 27.4 points and 14.0 rebounds.
1987
Finals MVP Magic Johnson hits the "junior, junior, junior sky-hook" to win Game 4 and help lead the Lakers over the Celtics in six games.
1989
Detroit's Joe Dumars scores 17 consecutive points in the third quarter of a Game 3 win over the Lakers. Dumars was named Finals MVP.