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Longhornfan1234
03-12-2012, 10:08 PM
....that you witnessed....I wasn't around for Russell, Chamberlain, West, Baylor, Barry or Frazier....so, my top 5 would be:

5) Tim Duncan, '03 Gm 6 vs NJN: 21pts, 20reb, 10ast and 8blk.
4) Michael Jordan, '93 Gm 2 vs PHX: 42pts, 12reb, 9ast and 2stl.
3) Larry Bird, '86 Gm 6 vs HOU: 29pts, 12ast, 11reb and 3stl.
2) James Worthy, '88 Gm 7 vs DET: 36pts, 16reb, 10ast and 2stl.
1) Magic Johnson, '80 Gm 6 vs PHI: 42pts, 15reb, 7ast and 3stl.

You?

Gram
03-12-2012, 10:52 PM
Chauncey in 2004. <3

Raps18-19 Champ
03-12-2012, 11:00 PM
You were actually able to witness and remember Magic's performance 32 years ago?

Raph12
03-12-2012, 11:11 PM
1. Jordan ******** on Barkley's Suns to "three-peat"
2. Wade taking over the series vs the Mavs down 0-2
3. Shaq eating the Pacers for his first ring
4. Duncan raping the Nets after grandpa DRob dropped off
5. Hakeem schooling Shaq, the youngin' (who still beasted in the series offensively) to repeat

fadedmario
03-12-2012, 11:19 PM
Dumars after his dad died in 1989.

shep33
03-12-2012, 11:22 PM
Whoa, Shaq had some monster games against Todd McCallaugh

naps
03-12-2012, 11:26 PM
Wade's game 3 tops everything. Down 2-0 in the series he went with 42 points and 13 rebounds, 15 of his 42 points came in the fourth quarter, in which the Heat erased a 13 point deficit over the final 6:29 with a 22–7 run.

Pierzynski4Prez
03-12-2012, 11:33 PM
Wade's game 3 tops everything. Down 2-0 in the series he went with 42 points and 13 rebounds, 15 of his 42 points came in the fourth quarter, in which the Heat erased a 13 point deficit over the final 6:29 with a 22–7 run.

Just curious, do you know how many of those 15 points in the 4th quarter came from the free throw line?

Edit: nvm, just looked, it was game 5 I was thinking of, where he shot 25 free throws. Only 18 in game 3.

naps
03-12-2012, 11:40 PM
Just curious, do you know how many of those 15 points in the 4th quarter came from the free throw line?

Edit: nvm, just looked, it was game 5 I was thinking of, where he shot 25 free throws. Only 18 in game 3.

Just curious. Have you seen THIS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLFTvcOhL7M)?

llemon
03-12-2012, 11:46 PM
How about the only player to win Finals MVP for the losing team?

Pierzynski4Prez
03-12-2012, 11:46 PM
Just curious. Have you seen THIS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLFTvcOhL7M)?

Not until now. I saw the game though. That clip really just showed only about 4 Wade buckets, for some reason 2 shaq FT's in slow-mo, a clutch steal by Haslem, and a clutch shot by Payton.

I'm not trying to take away any credit from Wade whatsoever. As a Bulls fan I will admit that statically that was possibly the best finals performance ever. I just know that quite a bit of his scoring came from the line those last 2 games. 46 FTA's over 2 games is quite a bit for a playoff game.

Longhornfan1234
03-12-2012, 11:54 PM
Wade's game 3 tops everything. Down 2-0 in the series he went with 42 points and 13 rebounds, 15 of his 42 points came in the fourth quarter, in which the Heat erased a 13 point deficit over the final 6:29 with a 22–7 run.

The refs helped Wade.

pd7631
03-13-2012, 01:03 AM
2001, Allen Iverson, Game 1

Marlin234
03-13-2012, 01:09 AM
Wades 06' performance was just nasty.

heyman321
03-13-2012, 01:12 AM
Steve Javie, Bennett Salvatore, Joe Crawford, Bob Delaney all had legendary peformances in 2006. Impossible is nothing.

Chronz
03-13-2012, 11:27 AM
LOL the guy is asking for GAMES, not series.

JordansBulls
03-13-2012, 11:39 AM
....that you witnessed....I wasn't around for Russell, Chamberlain, West, Baylor, Barry or Frazier....so, my top 5 would be:

5) Tim Duncan, '03 Gm 6 vs NJN: 21pts, 20reb, 10ast and 8blk.
4) Michael Jordan, '93 Gm 2 vs PHX: 42pts, 12reb, 9ast and 2stl.
3) Larry Bird, '86 Gm 6 vs HOU: 29pts, 12ast, 11reb and 3stl.
2) James Worthy, '88 Gm 7 vs DET: 36pts, 16reb, 10ast and 2stl.
1) Magic Johnson, '80 Gm 6 vs PHI: 42pts, 15reb, 7ast and 3stl.

You?

http://www.basketball-reference.com/blog/?p=9646





Rk Player Year Tm Opp G GS MPG PPG TS% RPG APG TO/G SPG BPG OSPM DSPM SPM
1 Michael Jordan 1991 CHI LAL 5 5 44.0 31.2 61.2 6.6 11.4 3.6 2.8 1.4 11.59 2.81 14.40
2 Dwyane Wade 2011 MIA DAL 4 4 39.6 29.8 63.8 8.0 4.3 1.5 1.5 1.8 12.99 -0.82 12.16
3 Dwyane Wade 2006 MIA DAL 6 6 43.5 34.7 57.2 7.8 3.8 3.7 2.7 1.0 7.53 2.74 10.26
4 Michael Jordan 1992 CHI POR 6 6 42.3 35.8 61.7 4.8 6.5 4.0 1.7 0.3 9.46 0.49 9.95
5 Shaquille 2002 LAL NJN 4 4 41.5 36.3 63.6 12.3 3.8 3.5 0.5 2.8 11.03 -1.18 9.85
6 Michael Jordan 1993 CHI PHO 6 6 45.7 41.0 55.8 8.5 6.3 2.7 1.7 0.7 12.27 -2.87 9.40
7 Manu Ginobili 2007 SAS CLE 4 0 29.3 17.8 57.1 5.8 2.5 2.3 1.3 0.0 4.02 5.11 9.13
8 Shaquille 2000 LAL IND 6 6 45.5 38.0 57.6 16.7 2.3 2.2 1.0 2.7 10.39 -1.36 9.03
9 Michael Jordan 1998 CHI UTA 6 6 41.7 33.5 51.6 4.0 2.3 1.7 1.8 0.7 10.60 -1.73 8.87
10 David Robinson 2003 SAS NJN 6 6 26.8 10.8 66.1 7.3 0.7 0.5 1.2 1.8 3.36 5.49 8.85
11 Manu Ginobili 2005 SAS DET 7 7 36.0 18.7 63.6 5.9 4.0 3.3 1.3 0.1 6.20 2.21 8.41
12 Tim Duncan 2003 SAS NJN 6 6 43.8 24.2 54.6 17.0 5.3 3.8 1.0 5.3 2.40 5.89 8.29
13 Michael Jordan 1997 CHI UTA 6 6 42.7 32.3 53.2 7.0 6.0 2.2 1.2 0.8 9.39 -1.29 8.10
14 Derek Harper 1994 NYK HOU 7 7 38.0 16.4 59.0 3.0 6.0 1.7 2.4 0.1 5.75 2.06 7.80
15 Chauncey 2004 DET LAL 5 5 38.4 21.0 69.6 3.2 5.2 2.6 1.2 0.0 8.63 -0.84 7.79
16 Kobe Bryant 2010 LAL BOS 7 7 41.2 28.6 52.8 8.0 3.9 3.9 2.1 0.7 4.45 3.17 7.62
17 Tim Duncan 1999 SAS NYK 5 5 45.8 27.4 59.9 14.0 2.4 3.4 1.0 2.2 4.24 3.29 7.53
18 Kobe Bryant 2009 LAL ORL 5 5 43.8 32.4 52.5 5.6 7.4 3.2 1.4 1.4 7.35 0.15 7.50
19 Tim Duncan 2007 SAS CLE 4 4 37.3 18.3 48.3 11.5 3.8 2.8 1.3 2.3 4.32 3.13 7.46
20 Shaquille 2001 LAL PHI 5 5 45.0 33.0 57.5 15.8 4.8 4.0 0.4 3.4 7.94 -0.88 7.06



http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2010/columns/story?columnist=hollinger_john&page=BestFinalsGame-Individual-1



1. Michael Jordan, Bulls: 1997 Finals, Game 5

MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
44 13-27 2-5 10-12 7 5 3 1 3 38

Game Score: 35.2 Result: Bulls 90, Jazz 88 Series: Bulls win in 6

Based solely on production, this game ranks high, but not at the top -- even after adjusting for pace and opponent, 15 other Finals games outrank it, including six by Jordan.

But in terms of impact and obstacles, "The Flu Game" is the most amazing thing I've ever seen. For starters, this was the deciding game of the series. Tied at two games apiece heading into Game 5, the win in Utah's hostile Delta Center essentially clinched a hard-fought championship for Chicago.

Of course, there were the obstacles Jordan faced thanks to a bout of food poisoning that would have rendered mere mortals unable to play. In total, though, this game represents the pinnacle of Jordan's greatness -- the combination of one-in-a-million talent with one-in-a-million drive.

Looking like he'd pass out at any moment during stoppages of play, Jordan nonetheless rallied the Bulls from an early 16-point deficit and dialed it up late, scoring 15 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter. The last points came on a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left in a tie game when Bryon Russell inexplicably left him to double Scottie Pippen in the post. That bucket would provide the winning points in the 90-88 victory, after which Jordan slumped toward the bench in total exhaustion.

Despite how ill he was, Jordan sat out only four minutes and held Jeff Hornacek to just seven points on 2-of-11 shooting. Between the incredibly high stakes and the singular determination he showed, this has to rank as the greatest Finals performance of the post-merger era.

2. Magic Johnson, Lakers: 1980 Finals, Game 6

MIN FGM-A FTM-A REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
47 14-23 14-14 15 7 3 1 5 42

Game Score: 36.5 Result: Lakers 123, 76ers 107 Series: Lakers win in 6

Years before Don Nelson invented the point-forward position, Magic Johnson, who was in his rookie season, played the most important game of the Lakers' season as a point-center. With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who had been dominating the series, sidelined by an ankle injury as the Lakers headed to Philadelphia for Game 6, the consensus was that L.A. would need to take their lumps and then return home for a Game 7 rubber match.

Magic had other plans. Starting at center, he played all but one minute and exploded for 42 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists, including an impressive 14-of-14 from the line. While Magic wasn't technically playing center for much of the night -- Jim Chones and Mark Landsberger handled that -- he played every spot on the floor during the course of the evening and even launched a Kareem-style skyhook from the post to start the game. More importantly, his work on the boards was a huge factor in the Lakers' ability to overcome Kareem's absence.

Had there not been such high stakes or a need to switch positions, this was still an impressive performance, ranking 13th-best in Game Score among post-merger Finals games. And the final score doesn't indicate how important Johnson's performance was. The Lakers were clinging to a two-point lead with just over five minutes left before Magic scored nine points in L.A.'s closing kick.

Add in that it was a title-clincher and that the rookie was forced into a role he had never manned that season, and it's easy to see why this was one of the most memorable performances in history -- for those few who saw it in person, and for the many who watched it later that night on CBS, by tape delay, because the practice at the time was to televise Finals games after prime time.

3. James Worthy, Lakers: 1988 Finals, Game 7

MIN FGM-A FTM-A REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
44 15-22 6-10 16 10 2 0 5 36

Game Score: 36.2 Result: Lakers 108, Pistons 105 Series: Lakers win in 7

Worthy's Hall of Fame case would have been much more difficult without this game. "Big Game James," they called him, and this was his biggest.

In one of the most hotly contested Finals in history, Worthy exploded for 36 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in the rubber match to allow L.A. to escape with a narrow 108-105 victory. For his efforts, Worthy won the Finals MVP and the Lakers became the league's first back-to-back champions in almost two decades.

Less well-known is that this game may be the greatest outlier in Finals history. In the entirety of the 1987-88 season, Worthy didn't have a single game with more than 12 rebounds. He also had only one game with more than 32 points and only one with double-digit assists. The odds of doing any one of these things against a team like the Pistons were small … but the chances of all three? Infinitesimal. In fact, it was the only triple-double of his 1,069-game career (including playoffs).

Yet there's no doubting how important Worthy was in that postseason. He averaged 21.1 points and shot 52.3 percent in the playoffs. Also overlooked is that he had 28 points and nine rebounds as the Lakers won by a whisker in Game 6.

Worthy's Game 7 eruption was the 14th-highest Finals Game Score of the post-merger era and the best by far in a seventh game. And the Lakers needed every one of those points, rebounds and assists to emerge victorious.

4. Michael Jordan, Bulls: 1998 Finals, Game 6

MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
44 15-35 3-7 12-15 1 1 4 0 1 45

Game Score: 34.9 Result: Bulls 87, Jazz 86 Series: Bulls win in 6

Jordan's two most memorable moments both came in Utah, and this one would be his last in a Bulls uniform. Just a year and three days after his miraculous Game 5, Chicago's "Last Dance" squad was trying to walk into the sunset with a sixth championship.

The Bulls trailed by three in the final minute before Jordan took over. He made a running layup to pull the Bulls within one, then broke away from a cutting Jeff Hornacek to surprise an unsuspecting Karl Malone in the post and steal the ball. Jordan took the ball himself up court, nudged Bryon Russell aside and launched the now-famous jumper from the foul line to put the Bulls ahead with 5.2 seconds left. (Quick trivia fact: Ask any fan who took the last shot of this game and I bet they say Jordan. It was John Stockton, who missed a 3 at the buzzer.)

In sheer statistical terms, this game was good but unexceptional by Jordan's lofty standards. He finished with 45 points, a jaw-dropping total for a game that ended 87-86, but shot only 15 of 35 from the field and had just one assist and one rebound.

On the other hand, it was a road closeout game, the Jazz of the mid-'90s were probably the best non-championship team in league history and Jordan owned the final minute. Additionally, this Game 6 was a bit like a Game 7 for Chicago -- Scottie Pippen had hurt his back and was essentially useless, and the rubber match would have been in Utah. Finally, the historical ramifications were huge, and the replays are still shown, which is why everyone who saw MJ's shot remembers it like it was yesterday.

5. Karl Malone, Jazz: 1998 Finals, Game 5

MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
44 17-27 0-1 5-6 9 5 1 1 1 39

Game Score: 40.8 Result: Jazz 83, Bulls 81 Series: Bulls win in 6

In the 33 Finals since the merger, this was the single best performance by a player whose team didn't win the series. Facing elimination, on the road, against one of the greatest teams of all time, Malone provided one glaring counterpoint to his less-than-scintillating playoff résumé by single-handedly dominating the Bulls.

Single-covered by all-world defender Dennis Rodman for much of the night, Malone converted an endless procession of mid-range turnaround jumpers from the left side (one of the most difficult shots in the game). Malone finished with 39 points on 17-of-27 shooting, added nine rebounds and five assists and had just one turnover.

Malone produced the second-highest Game Score in Finals history, as only Tim Duncan's 2003 annihilation of New Jersey in Game 1 ranks higher. However, we can't put Malone's performance any higher because it wasn't ultimately meaningful, as the Jazz lost Game 6 and the series. (Although Malone had a crucial turnover at the end, I should point out he played nearly as well in that contest, with 31 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.)

6. Tim Duncan, Spurs: 2003 Finals, Game 1
7. Isiah Thomas, Pistons: 1988 Finals, Game 6
8. Michael Jordan, Bulls: 1991 Finals, Game 2
9. Dwyane Wade, Heat: 2006 Finals, Game 3
10. Michael Jordan, Bulls: 1992 Finals, Game 1

kdspurman
03-13-2012, 12:02 PM
Could also count Tim's Game 1 performance in 03:

32 points
20 rebounds
7 blocks
6 assists
3 steals