The 25 Most Clutch Players in NBA Finals History

6. Larry Bird

Career Playoff Stats23.8 PPG 10.3 RPG 6.5 APG
Finals Stats23.1 PPG 11.6 RPG 6.2 APG
Finals Appearances: 5
Championships: 3
Finals MVPs Won2 (1984, 1986)
He was slow, couldn't jump, but those things didn't matter. Larry Legend wanted to win more than anybody else. Bird never met a challenge he didn't like, whether it was against Magic's Showtime Lakers or against a young Rockets team that featured Ralph Sampson and Hakeem, the original Twin Towers.

In just his second year in the league, Bird helped in getting the franchise's 14th title in 1981, grabbing 20+ rebounds in Games 1 and 2. During the 1984 Finals vs. Magic's Lakers, a series that changed the game, Bird outplayed his frenemy by averaging 27 points and 14 boards in 7 games, giving him Finals MVP honors. Two years later the Legend went up against two 7-footers in Sampson and Olajuwon. He averaged damn near a triple-double for the series—24 points, 9.7 rebounds and 9.5 assists—and took home another Finals MVP.

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