8. SHAQUILLE O’NEAL, 2000
A series that was closer than everyone remembers finished just as dominating as once thought. O’Neal was at his top beast form to drop the Pacers, 116-111, in Game 6 behind 41 points and 12 rebounds. He went on to win series MVP honors as the Lakers won their first title since 1988. Indiana had 29 points from Jalen Rose and 24 from Reggie Miller, but its inside presence of Rik Smits was a dull blade compared with O’Neal’s unstoppable force. Can youuuu dig it?
7. MICHAEL JORDAN, 1997
The game after the Flu Game was nothing to snuff at, either. Jordan took down the Jazz in six games for his fifth title overall by dropping 39 points and 11 rebounds with just one turnover to win 90-86. Jordan’s assist was the biggest play of the game, though. Instead of forcing a shot against a double team of Bryon Russell and John Stockton on the game’s penultimate possession, he sucked in a second defender and kicked to a wide-open Steve Kerr for the insurance three.