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Top 15 games from the 2020 NBA playoffs.

Updated: Nov 8, 2020

Top 15 2020 NBA playoff games.

The 2020 NBA Playoffs were filled with excitement. Out of all the amazing moments to choose from, I ranked the 15 best games from the recent postseason.

15. Western Conference First Round Game One: Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets

The first game of the playoffs did not disappoint. After being tied at the end of regulation, the Nuggets were able to outscore the Jazz by ten points in overtime to secure a 1-0 series lead. Donovan Mitchell and Jamal Murray combined for 93 points in this game, which ended up being the beginning of a historic postseason showdown between these two guards.

14. Eastern Conference Semi-Finals Game Two: Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks

After a surprising game one loss, the Bucks were looking to bounce back against the Heat. After blowing a six-point lead with 16 seconds left, Jimmy Butler made two clutch free throws as time expired, giving the Heat a 2-0 series lead against the team that had the best regular-season record.

13. Western Conference Game One: Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trailblazers

Despite being the 8th seed, the Trailblazers were viewed as a threat because of the amazing play of Damian Lillard. Lillard's sensational play continued in the first game of the playoffs, scoring 34 points to give his team a 1-0 series lead. After their first playoff game, the eventual champion Lakers were in trouble.

12. Eastern Conference Finals Game Six: Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat

The Celtics were looking to force a game seven while the Heat were looking to advance to the NBA Finals. Thanks to 32 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 assists from Bam Adebayo, the Heat won game six and were crowned as the champions of the Eastern Conference.

11. Western Conference First Round Game Four: Denver Nuggets vs Utah Jazz

The Nuggets narrowly beat the Jazz by a final score of 129-127 which gave Denver a commanding 3-1 series lead. Donovan Mitchell and Jamal Murray became the first playoff opponents in NBA history to score at least 50 points in the same game.

10. Western Conference Finals Game Two: Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers

Down by one and only 2.3 seconds remaining with the ball, the Lakers needed someone to make a play. Anthony Davis ended up hitting the biggest shot of his life, a buzzer-beating three-pointer to giving the Lakers a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals.

9. Eastern Conference Finals Game One: Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics

After four quarters of action, the Celtics and Heat were tied and thus needed overtime to determine a winner. In the extra period, with only five seconds remaining, Bam Adebayo blocked a dunk attempt by Jayson Tatum which secured a game one victory for the Heat.

8. Western Conference First Round Game Seven: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets

This hard-fought series came down to the final seconds of action. James Harden blocked Lugentz Dort game-winning three-point attempt with four seconds left, allowing the Rockets to advance to the second round.

7. Eastern Conference Semi-Finals Game Three: Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics

With a two-point lead with 0.5 seconds left, it appeared as if the Celtics were going to take a commanding 3-0 series lead against the Raptors. However, an improbable buzzer-beating three by OG Anunoby allowed the Raptors to crawl back into the series.

6. Western Conference First Round: Los Angeles Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks Game Four

Few thought the Mavericks stood a chance in game four against the Clippers without Kristaps Porzingis. However, thanks to 43 points, 17 rebounds, and 13 assists, and an unbelievable game-winning buzzer-beating three-pointer in overtime by Luka Doncic, the Mavericks tied the series at two games apiece.

5. Eastern Conference Semi-Finals Game Seven: Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors

Both of these teams were looking to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals to take on the Miami Heat. Thanks to Marcus Smart blocking Norman Powell's game-tying layup attempt with a minute remaining in the 4th quarter, the Celtics prevailed in game seven.

4. Western Conference Semi-Finals Game Seven: Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Clippers

Because of their amazing talent, few were surprised when the Clippers took a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference Semi-Finals. After winning games five and six of the series, the Nuggets forced a game 7. In the deciding game, Jamal Murray scored 40 points while Paul George and Kawhi Leonard massively underperformed for the Clippers. The Nuggets shocked the world by completing their second 3-1 comeback of the postseason

3. Eastern Conference Semi-Finals Game Six: Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors

The Celtics were looking to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals while the Raptors were looking to force a game seven. A three-point win in double overtime kept Toronto's season alive.

2. Western Conference First Round Game Seven: Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets

This was the final game of the historic head to head battle between Jamal Murray and Donovan Mitchell. Both guards were dominating, but one of their seasons was going to end. Mike Conley missed what would have been a game-winning three at the buzzer, allowing the Nuggets to complete their first 3-1 series comeback of the postseason.

1. NBA Finals Game Five: Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Lakers

This was the best game of the NBA Finals. Jimmy Butler and Lebron James were both having sensational games which kept the game close late in the fourth quarter. Danny Green missed what would have been a go-ahead three-pointer in the final seconds which allowed the Heat to keep their season alive.

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