Career Playoff Stats: 20.4 PPG 4.7 RPG 8.9 APG
Finals Stats: 22.6 PPG 4.2 RPG 7.9 APG
Finals Appearances: 3
Finals MVPs Won: 1 (1990)
In the '84 NBA Playoffs, Isiah Thomas scored 16 points in a minute-and-a-half to send an opening round game into overtime. That's clutch. But Thomas' defining moment came in Game 6 of the 1988 Finals against the Lakers. With a severely sprained ankle, Thomas hobbled his way to 25 points in a single quarter (an NBA Finals record). The Pistons would go on to lose the game and series, but the Pistons won a pair of championships during the next two seasons.
During the 1990 Finals vs. the Blazers, Isiah scored seven straight down the stretch in Game 1 with a couple free-trows, a J, and a three to give the Bad Boys their first lead with about two minutes left. Thomas then hit a three to make it official. In Game 4, he scored 22 in the third and Detroit withstood a late Portland run. He had some help from "The Microwave" Vinnie Johnson, but still poured in 29 in Game 5 and was named Finals MVP.