Over time, these performances have been forgotten. Many people know the names, but are voided of the vivid memories of their games.
These players' performances under the brightest lights almost single-handedly provided their teammates the spoils of victory, while their opponents experienced the agony of defeat.
In the constant battle of belief and opinion vs. fact and conviction, the truth is habitually lost.
So this is a list for the stat-sheet stuffers. This list is comprised of the top performances in NBA Finals history going all the way back to 1951. This trip through NBA history is just a reminder that true greatness comes in many ways and is never isolated to just one facet of the game.
While some players may have scored more, rebounded more, or registered more assists none had the complete dominance of these players on that singular night. Players like Bob Pettit, who scored 35 points, grabbed 22 rebounds and dished out seven assists in Game 2 of the 1960 NBA Finals.
The list’s criteria is simple, a player had to notch at least a double-double and his team had to win the game. So in short, there are no 50-point, 6-rebound games or 40-point, 7-assist games. Lastly, the top five is reserved for championship-clinching performances.