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Did Michael Jordan Have 7 Better NBA Finals Performances Than Bill Walton?

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On ESPN Insider, John Hollinger rates Bill Walton's performance in Game 6 of the 1977 NBA Finals as the 24th best single-game Finals performance in history. Hollinger writes... ------------------------------------ We don't have turnover data from 1977 so we can only estimate how good Walton was in terms of Game Score. The Blazers had 18 turnovers in Game 6 and one presumes Walton had at least a couple of them, which would hurt his score. Here's what we know, however: He filled the stat sheet like few others ever have in a game of such magnitude. As Portland secured its only NBA title, Walton had 20 points (relatively few for somebody on this list) but supplemented that with 23 boards, seven assists and eight blocked shots in the Blazers' 109-107 win. And his defense was as important as his offense -- prior to that famous miss by George McGinnis at the end, Walton had challenged a Julius Erving jumper to force a miss. Incredibly, neither Walton nor the Blazers had ever appeared in a playoff game before starting their run to the title that spring. ------------------------------------ Walton is the only Blazer to make the top 50 list. Seven of Michael Jordan's performances were deemed better than Walton's championship-clinching 20 points, 23 rebounds, 7 assists, 8 blocks performance. Fair or unfair? Where would you rank Walton's performance? Given the circumstances, it would seem extremely difficult to keep him out of the top 20, at the very least. Also, does anyone happen to have a tape of that game or know off the top of their head how many turnovers Walton had that night? -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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