The 8 Highest Scoring NBA Finals Performances

(Via Hannah Scherwatzky / ONE37pm)

So, you're wondering which players had the highest scoring NBA Finals performances of all-time? Let's get in to it!

There is no bigger stage in basketball than the NBA Finals. A culmination of the 20+ week grind that is the regular and postseason schedule, the Finals are the last chance for players and teams to put everything on the line for a coveted title.

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There are certain performances in the Finals that will forever be regarded as historic, seeing the best players in the world go into fight or flight mode as their backs are against the wall facing elimination.

Here are the highest scoring NBA Finals performances:

8. Allen Iverson: 48 Points

7. Bob Pettit: 50 Points

6. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 50 points

5.) LeBron James: 51 Points

4.) Jerry West: 53 Points

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  • Date: 1969 NBA Finals
  • Shooting Splits: 21/41 from the field, 11/13 from free throw line
  • Opponent: Boston Celtics

There are few men in NBA history who have experienced the pain and torment of losing quite like Jerry West. Despite winning one NBA title as a player, West is most-known for his eight NBA finals losses. One of those losses came at the end of the 1968-69 season.

In game 1, the Celtics decided not to double-team West in hopes that the previous series had fatigued him. Instead West came out on pure adrenaline, dropping 53 points and 20 assists. The Lakers won by two points, but the series was stretched to seven games. West’s game seven performance was an epic triple double of 42 points, 12 assists, and 13 rebounds in a Lakers loss. However, West was awarded the first and only finals MVP to a player on a losing team.

3.) Rick Barry: 55 Points

2.) Michael Jordan: 55 Points -

21/37 from the field, 13/18 from free throw line

1.) Elgin Baylor: 61 Points

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  • Date: 1962 NBA Finals
  • Shooting Splits: 22/46 from the field, 17/19 from free throw line
  • Opponent: Boston Celtics

There are few people in NBA history that can score like Elgin Baylor. His 1962 NBA Finals rivals that of any NBA great. In a tight seven game series against the Boston Celtics, Baylor averaged a ridiculous 40.6 points. His highest scoring night came in game five. With the series tied 2-2, Baylor dropped the first ever 60-point NBA finals performance, while simultaneously grabbing 22 rebounds. However, Baylor and the Lakers went on to lose game seven in heartbreaking fashion by just three points.

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