Top Ten Best Individual Performances of the 2021 NBA PlayoffsThis list shows the best individual performances of the NBA playoffs, including every round up to the NBA finals so far.
Kevin Durant, in game 5 against the Bucks, took his talents and abilities to another level, elevating the Nets over the Bucks in a close 114-108 victory. KD combined for a combined 49 points, 17 rebounds, and 10 assist triple double, quite possibly the best game of his illustrious NBA career. Even though the Nets did not win the series, mostly due to injuries to key players like James Harden and Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant put on a clinic in this series, and especially this game.
Damian Lillard, with his teammates playing well below their talent levels in the series against the Nuggets, put on a show in the series, and especially game 5. In game 5, Dame D.O.L.L.A. put up 55 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds, with a total of 12 three point shots made. They still lost though, as the trailblazers bench was almost nonexistent. Nonetheless, Lillard managed to put up these mind blowing stats even in a loss, showing even when they lose, it isn't his fault.
Another man who put up incredible numbers in a loss where his teammates didn't show up, Doncic did everything he could to push the Mavericks over the edge against the Clippers. Scoring a total of 46 points, 14 assists, and 7 rebounds, Doncic was still not able to push through the Clippers, as his supporting cast, like so many others around the league, let his down in a crucial moment.
Giannis made sure to silence anyone doubting his closing out ability against the Nets, leading the Bucks to a 115-111 victory. In the victory, Giannis put up 40 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists in the overtime win. Giannis came through big for the bucks in game 7, and would go on to come up big for the Bucks again in the beginning of the series against the Hawks, before he was injured.
Trae Young and the Hawks came out quickly against the Bucks, putting up a crazy rout which nobody around the league expected. In game 1, Young scored a season high 48 points, 11 assists, and 7 rebounds, shocking the Milwaukee Bucks. While Young would eventually get hurt, helping to lead the Hawks to lose the series, his game 1 performance remained one of the highlights of the series.
Kevin Durant, on a Brooklyn team hobbled by injuries, gave 100% in the final game of the series against the Bucks. However, he still ended up in the loss column after one of the best performances in a playoff series in recent memory. Scoring 48 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists in the overtime loss, Durant came up short of almost singlehandedly carrying the beat up Nets to the conference finals.
Chris Paul, given his opportunity to shine and advance to the finals for the first time in his historic career, did not pass it up, and played like a beast in the final game of the series. Paul ended up scoring 41 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals, showcasing leadership abilities, and sending the Suns to the NBA finals for the first time since 1993.
Devin Booker, against LeBron James and the Lakers, was able to put on an impressive performance to lead the Suns to the next round. Booker ended up scoring 47 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists in one of his best games of the season. When the Suns needed their best scorer much, he showed up, and didn't back down from the challenge brought by the Lakers.
Kawhi Leonard made a splash in the game 6, 0-2 comeback series against the Utah Jazz, winning the game in style, tying up the series at 3-3, setting up a final game 7. Leonard ended up scoring 45 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists in the win, providing the spark for the Clippers to advance to the next round.
Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz started off the series with a bang against the Clippers, with Mitchell leading the charge on the offensive end of the floor. In game 1, Mitchell scored 45 points and totaled up 5 rebounds to help lead the Jazz to a victory. While the series did not turn out how the Jazz would've liked, Mitchell's performance in the series remained a highlight for his season.