The 50 Greatest NBA Playoff Moments Ever

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The 50 Greatest NBA Playoff Moments Ever
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The NBA playoffs are always occasion enough for classic moments, and the 2013 edition is shaping up to be no different. 

LeBron James and the Miami Heat will pursue a second straight title to validate a historic regular season. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder will seek redemption in the NBA Finals while proving they can survive just fine without James Harden, who's hoping to make some hay of his own with the Houston Rockets. Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will try to outrun Father Time, while young upstarts like Stephen Curry and Brook Lopez will get their first taste of the postseason.

All eyes will be on the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls as they look to make some noise without their most pivotal stars—Kobe Bryant for Los Angeles and Derrick Rose for the Windy City. Carmelo Anthony will be battling for a seat at the table of respect next to his 2003 NBA draft classmates, while the Denver Nuggets, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Indiana Pacers will try to prove that they belong in the championship conversation.

The question is, will there be any new entries into the archives of historic moments in NBA playoff lore? And, if so, which players and teams will etch themselves into our collective sporting consciousness?

Of course, there's no way of knowing the answers with any certainty, unless anyone has a direct line to Nostradamus or (better yet) Miss Cleo.

For now, then, let's have a look back at the 50 greatest moments from the more than six decades of NBA playoff basketball that've come and gone thus far. 

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