Ranking Best NBA Performances Ever at Madison Square Garden

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Ranking Best NBA Performances Ever at Madison Square Garden
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Madison Square Garden has been called many things—MSG, the Mecca of Basketball, the world's most famous arena and a handful of other nicknames that don't get used quite as often. 

But you might also call it the site of many historic performances. 

Everyone wants to show off for the New York faithful when they come into town, and it's resulted in a handful of games that will never be forgotten. Picking the best of the best from MSG's history is a difficult endeavor, but it's one we're embarking upon nevertheless. 

As a procedural note, we're only looking at games that occurred within the constraints of MSG IV, which opened for the start of the 1968-69 season. Anything that happened before then is sadly ineligible, so don't make any impassioned pleas for heroics from Richie Guerin or any other Knicks of the distant past. 

Additionally, games are being ranked as performances, not just statistical outputs. The numbers players are putting up is a large determining factor, but circumstances, history and subjective elements will be taken into account as well. 


Note: Unless otherwise indicated, all stats come courtesy of Basketball-Reference and Basketball-Reference's Play Finder

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