What Was the Best Single-Game Performance in NBA Finals History?

Which NBA players have had the best performances when the lights have shined the brightest? Watch the video above to see which NBA legends produced the five most impactful single-game efforts in the NBA Finals, then check out the list below to see who rounds out the top 25.

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Best NBA Finals Performances (6-25)

Team Opponent Game/Year Result Stats
Bill Russell Boston Celtics St. Louis Hawks 1961 Game 5 W 121-112 30 PTS | 38 REB | 3 AST
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers Golden State Warriors 2016 Game 6 W 115-101 41 PTS | 8 REB | 11 AST
Shaquille O’Neal Los Angeles Lakers Indiana Pacers 2000 Game 2 W 111-104 40 PTS | 24 REB | 4 AST
Shaquille O’Neal Los Angeles Lakers Philadelphia 76ers 2001 Game 2 W 98-89 28 PTS | 20 REB | 9 AST
Elgin Baylor Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics 1963 Game 3 W 119-99 38 PTS | 23 REB | 8 AST
Rick Barry San Francisco Warriors Philadelphia 76ers 1967 Game 3 W 130-124 55 PTS | 12 REB | 5 AST
Shaquille O’Neal Los Angeles Lakers Indiana Pacers 2000 Game 1 W 104-87 43 PTS | 19 REB | 4 AST
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers Golden State Warriors 2015 Game 2 W 95-93 39 PTS | 16 REB | 11 AST
Jimmy Butler Miami Heat Los Angeles Lakers 2020 Game 3 W 115-104 40 PTS | 11 REB | 13 AST
Jerry West Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics 1969 Game 7 L 108-106 42 PTS | 13 REB | 12 AST
Jimmy Butler Miami Heat Los Angeles Lakers 2020 Game 5 W 111-108 35 PTS | 12 REB | 11 AST
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers Golden State Warriors 2015 Game 3 W 96-91 40 PTS | 12 REB | 8 AST
Wilt Chamberlain San Francisco Warriors Boston Celtics 1964 Game 4 L 98-95 27 PTS | 38 REB | 1 AST
Bill Walton Portland Trail Blazers Philadelphia 76ers 1977 Game 6 W 109-107 20 PTS | 23 REB | 7 AST
Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks Phoenix Suns 2021 Game 6 W 105-98 50 PTS | 14 REB | 2 AST
Shaquille O’Neal Los Angeles Lakers Philadelphia 76ers 2001 Game 1 L 107-101 44 PTS | 20 REB | 5 AST
Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers Philadelphia 76ers 1980 Game 6 W 123-107 42 PTS | 15 REB | 7 AST
Elgin Baylor Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics 1962 Game 7 L 110-107 41 PTS | 22 REB | 4 AST
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers Golden State Warriors 2015 Game 5 L 104-91 40 PTS | 14 REB | 11 AST
Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets Miami Heat 2023 Game 3 W 109-94 32 PTS | 21 REB | 10 AST
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