The 25 Greatest NBA Finals Performances of the Last 25 Years

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The 25 Greatest NBA Finals Performances of the Last 25 Years
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The NBA Finals is one of the biggest stages in all of the four major sports. It's where the truly great are separated from the truly good. 

It's where we see players grow. It's the difference between '06 Dirk Nowitzki and '12 Dirk Nowitzki. It's the difference between "Tragic Johnson" and "Magic Johnson." 

It's where LeBron James has yet to succeed and where Dwyane Wade has had some of the NBA's greatest performances. 

When we look at the truly great players, we look to the Finals.

I wanted to objectively see how players fared over the last 25 years, so l loaded up all the data into my trusty spreadsheet, put in the formula for John Hollinger's Game Score and ran the results. 

Here are the 25 best game scores over an entire NBA Finals listed in order. I recognize that there are other factors to consider, but for the purpose of this article, it's a starting point for the conversation below. 

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