The 15 Greatest Individual Performances in NBA Playoff History

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The 15 Greatest Individual Performances in NBA Playoff History
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There have been some pretty spectacular performances this postseason, such as Kevin Durant’s 36-point, 11-rebound, nine-assist game on May 7, but even that pales in comparison to some of the greatest games in postseason history.

In compiling this list, I leaned heavily on the Basketball-Reference.com play index, but it is limited in what stats are available and how far they go back—only to 1985. A Wikipedia listing of 50-point games made reference to some earlier performances. Research provided a few others.

If there is a specific game omitted, feel free to suggest it in the comment section.

Games are ranked primarily according to statistical impact, but factors such as game importance and winning and losing are also considered.

To avoid having Michael Jordan dominate the list (he had six of the 11 highest-scoring games in postseason history), I capped appearances on here at two games by any one person. 

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