Team: Detroit Pistons
Opponent: Portland Trail Blazers
Result: Pistons over Trail Blazers, 4-1
Finals stats: 27.6 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 7.0 APG, 1.6 SPG
The Pistons run as top team in the NBA may have been brief, but it certainly was impressive. Isiah Thomas had already developed a reputation as a clutch performer thanks to his famous "sprained ankle game" in the 1988 Finals, and his effort in 1990 secured his legacy as one of the all-time greats.
He had several huge outbursts in the series to secure his MVP bid: in Game 1, he rallied the Pistons from a 10-point deficit with seven minutes to go; in Game 4, he scored 22 points in the third quarter to give the Pistons a huge lead, then nailed three free throws with 8.4 seconds to go to provide the winning points. As he said after they won the title, "you can say what you want about me, but you can't say I'm not a winner."