NBA Rankings Series: Top 5 Virtuosic Performances in NBA Playoff History

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NBA Rankings Series:  Top 5 Virtuosic Performances in NBA Playoff History
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From Elgin Baylor to Tommy Heinsohn to Tim Duncan and Shaquille O'Neal, the NBA's history of amazing "one-man-team" performances during the playoffs spans decades and has produced some jaw-dropping moments.

Not only are some of the greatest players of all time on this list, but there are also some surprises that proved to be either an arrival or a punctuation for that player's career, simultaneously putting NBA fans on notice and greatly increasing that player's league-wide esteem.

For the record, a virtuosic performance is noted as one in which the players did a noteworthy job in two or more categories, such as points and rebounds, rebounds and steals or three-pointers and steals.

The stat-worthy accomplishments of players like Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain have been omitted from this list because their playoff games, which by today's rebounding standards are off-the-charts fantastic, were in their time not so far above their season averages, and therefore did not particularly standout given their time and place in basketball. 

So without further ado, let's see some magic appear on the NBA hardwood.

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