Breakout Performances in The NBA Finals

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  • Kawhi Leonard, Spurs Heat, NBA Finals, LeBron James
  • Robert Horry, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, 1994 NBA Finals
  • Sam Cassell, 1994 NBA Finals, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Robert Horry
  • Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers, 1991 NBA Finals
  • Mario Chalmers, Miami Heat
  • Leon Powe, Boston Celtics, 2008 NBA Finals, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, 2008 NBA Finals, Leon Powe
  • Larry Bird, Cedric Maxwell, Boston Celtics, 1981 NBA Finals

Kawhi Leonard Scores Career-High in Game 3 of NBA Finals

Be clear — Kawhi Leonard showed flashes of brilliance in the NBA Finals last year. But he never put a more complete game together like he did Tuesday night during Game 3 of the NBA Finals. After scoring just nine points in Game 2, the San Antonio Spurs small forward shot a sizzling 10-of-13 from the field for a career-high 29 points to lead his team to victory over the Miami Heat. He also did a solid job defending LeBron James late in the game. Like Leonard, there always seems to be a young player who stamps his presence with a breakout performance in the NBA Finals. Here, BET.com takes a look at some notable moments when little known players came up big in the NBA Finals.  (Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images) (Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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