What an incredible playoffs it was.
Unusual as it was having the postseason play out in the Disney Bubble, the basketball itself was as good as it's ever been. It felt like there was one historic performance after another, all the way from Luka Doncic's highly-anticipated debut to LeBron James' title-clinching triple-double.
But which performances were the best? That's the question we're going to answer today.
I got some help from our NBA.com Staff in putting a list together of the best performances, but I had a go at ordering them one through 10.
I didn't want there to be too much overlap, so I limited it to only one performance per game. That's why you won't see Nikola Jokic's triple-double and Jamal Murray's 40-pointer against the LA Clippers in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals or Jimmy Butler's 35-point triple-double and LeBron's 40-point, 13-rebound double-double from Game 5 of the Finals. It was one or the other.
One more note: You'll notice that each performance has a Game Score, which is a metric that gives a "rough measure of a player's productivity for a single game." As explained on Basketball Reference, a Game Score of 40 is considered to be outstanding, whereas 10 is considered average. It's not the be-all, end-all, but it helps to provide context.
With that in mind, onto the list!
10. Kawhi Leonard's Game 6 vs. Dallas Mavericks(First Round)
Stats: 33 points (14-23 FG, 1-4 3PT, 4-4 FT), 14 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals
Game Score: 33.6
The Mavericks made things interesting in their first-round series with the Clippers, but Leonard had the last laugh.
Leonard sent the Mavericks packing with an all-around performance that saw him score 33 points, pull down 14 rebounds, hand out seven assists and come up with five steals.
It was the fifth straight game that Leonard scored 30 points, the longest such streak of his postseason career.
Leonard ended up averaging 32.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.3 steals per game against the Mavericks in the first round while shooting 53.8 percent from the field. A dominant series from the two-time Finals MVP.
9. Kyle Lowry's Game 6 vs. Boston Celtics(Conference Semifinals)
Stats: 33 points (12-20 FG, 6-10 3PT, 3-4 FT), 8 rebounds, 6 assists
Game Score: 29.7
In what was arguably the best game of the playoffs, Lowry's star shined the brightest.
Facing the possibility of being eliminated, Lowry did everything to lead the Toronto Raptors to a double overtime victory in Game 6 of their second-round series with the Celtics, scoring a game-high 33 points to go along with eight rebounds and six assists in 53 minutes of play.
The Raptors got a scoring punch off the bench from Norman Powell in the overtime periods to come up with the win, but Lowry provided the knockout blow with a tough fadeaway over Kemba Walker in the closing seconds of the second overtime.
Just a vintage performance from the six-time All-Star to force a Game 7.
8. Nikola Jokic's Game 7 vs. LA Clippers (Conference Semifinals)
Stats: 16 points (5-13 FT, 0-4 3PT, 6-6 FT), 22 rebounds, 13 assists
Game Score: 23.3
Game Score will tell you that this wasn't even Jokic's most productive game of the playoffs, but it was easily his most impressive - to me, at least.
In a Game 7 against a Clippers team that many picked to win it all this season, Jokic dominated with a 16-point, 22-rebound, 13-assist triple-double. Though he shot only 5-for-13 from the field, he had complete control over the game and outplayed both Leonard and Paul George.
It was the second time in Jokic's career that he's recorded a triple-double in a Game 7, his first coming against the San Antonio Spursin the first round of last postseason. According to StatMuse, Jokic's two Game 7 triple-doubles are the most in NBA history. (This is your reminder that Jokic is only 25 years old).
Additionally, Jokic joined Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan as the only players since the NBA-ABA merger to record a 20-rebound triple-double in the playoffs, per ESPN Stats and Info.
Led by Jokic's triple-double and Murray's 40 points, the Nuggets defeated the Clippers to complete their second 3-1 comeback of the playoffs and advance to the Conference Finals for the first time since 2009.