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Remembering the best games from the Hall of Fame class of 2021

As always, this year's Hall of Fame class bring with them endless memories for basketball fans.

Individual dominance, classic playoff runs and the adoration of fans across the world can be attached to each, whether they be entering for their exploits as a player or as a coach.

While each player's best game is cause for debate, let's take a look at some of the performances that fit the unforgettable catagory ahead of this weekend's enshrinement ceremony.

Chris Bosh

Bosh sinks Blazers - December 28, 2013

While it could be argued Bosh's his 44-point outburst against the Milwaukee Bucks in 2010 was his best individual performance, he would feature in far more prominent matchups later in his career with the Miami Heat.

Facing the Portland Trail Blazers in December of 2013, the Heat would enter the game without LeBron James who was absent with a groin injury. Without LeBron, Bosh was able to step into a more prominent role in the offence, dropping 37 points on 15-for-26 from the field while also reeling in 10 rebounds.

To cap off the monster night, he buried this game winner from long range to lift the Heat to a big win on the road.

Lauren Jackson

Jackson drops 47 - July 24, 2007

Lauren Jackson was simply unstoppable in this one.

Dropping 47 points on the Washington Mystics, Jackson tied Diana Taurasi for the highest individual scoring game in WNBA history at the time.

The Seattle star finished 18-for-28 from the floor, 2-for-4 from beyond the arc while adding a 9-for-11 mark from the free-throw line.

Chris Webber

C-Webb puts up video game line against the Pacers - January 5, 2001

It's the type of statline you would see on NBA 2k.

51 points, 26 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks.

Unfortunately for Webber, the Sacramento Kings would fall 93-91 in overtime to the Indiana Pacers. The vast majority of the 51 came within the arc, with Webber knocking down only three of his six attempts from the free-throw line while not connecting on a triple.

Outside of this night, Webber's next highest scoring game was 41 points, a total he reached on three seperate outings.

Ben Wallace

Big Ben vs. Shaq - Game 5, 2004 NBA Finals

How could we pick any other game?

The Detroit Pistons claimed the 2004 NBA Championship in Game 5 in front of of their home fans at the Palace.

Big Ben had been jostling with Shaquille O'Neal all series, saving his best for last. Wallace finished with 18 points, 22 rebounds, three steals and a block.

O'Neal would finish with just 20 points and eight rebounds, as the Pistons cruised to the 100-87 win.

Yolanda Griffith

Welcome to the WNBA Finals - September 16, 2005

Talk about making an entrance to the WNBA Finals.

Yolanda Griffith put on a show in her Finals debut, carrying the Sacramento Monarchs to the 69-65 win behind her 25 point, nine rebound effort.

Virtually unstoppable throughout, Griffith finished an efficient 11-for-17 from the floor. The Monarchs would go on to win the series 3-1, with Griffith earning Finals MVP honours.

Toni Kukoc

Kukoc sinks Knicks with game winner - May 13, 1994

Everyone remembers this shot. Perhaps unfairly, it's noted due to the fact Chicago Bulls teammate Scottie Pippen sat out the final play.

It really should be remembered for Kukoc burying the game winner.

Catching, turning and letting it fly from just above the free-throw line, Kukoc hit nothing but net and the Bulls broke the hearts of Knicks fans all over the world.

Remarkably, it was only the second shot he had made all night, finishing with eight points, four rebounds and four assists in 13 minutes. Sure, he produced many more prominent individual performances across his brilliant career, but this moment was a memorable as any.

Paul Pierce

Clutch Pierce sends Celtics to Eastern Conference Finals - May 18, 2008

The Celtics needed Pierce and boy did he deliver.

Squaring off against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the second round, Pierce delivered his best performance.

Finishing with 41 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals, Pierce capped the night by sinking two clutch free-throws with 7.9 seconds left to ice the game.

Kevin Garnett and P.J. Brown were the only other Boston players to finish in double-digit scoring, while Ray Allen struggled with just four points.

Of course, Boston would move on to eventually win the championship, with Pierce's Game 7 performance putting them in the position to do so.

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