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The top NBA performances on Diwali from the last 30 years

MJ, Magic and LeBron all had big games on Diwali
MJ, Magic and LeBron all had big games on Diwali (Getty Images)

Happy Diwali!

As part of our NBA celebration, we took a look back through the last 30 years to find each year's top performance on Diwali.

November 7, 2018

CJ McCollum: 40 points, 17-26 FG, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 steals in a win over the Bucks.

October 19, 2017

Giannis Antetokounmpo: 37 points, 13-22 FG, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals in a win over the Celtics. Giannis scored 16 points in the 4th quarter.

October 30, 2016

Damian Lillard: 37 points, 15-28 FG, 7 assists in win an overtime over the Nuggets. Hit game-tying shot with 2.0 seconds left to force overtime and game-winning shot with less than a second remaining in overtime.

November 11, 2015

LeBron James: 31 points, 11-19 FG, 8 assists, 7 rebounds in win over the Jazz. James scored 17 points in the 4th quarter as the Cavaliers outscored the Jazz 38-34 in a high-flying final quarter.

October 23, 2014

No games

November 3, 2013

Anthony Davis: 25 points, 9-13 FG, 8 rebounds, 6 steals, 6 blocks, 4 assists in win over the Hornets. Became the first player with at least 25 points, 6 blocks and 6 steals in a game since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1987.

November 13, 2012

LeBron James: 38 points, 14-26 FG, 10 rebounds, 6 assists in win over the Rockets. Scored 32 of his 38 points in the second half including 8 points in the final two minutes.

October 26, 2011

No games

November 6, 2010

Jason Richardson: 38 points, 14-29 FG, 6-8 3-pt FG, 8 rebounds, 4 steals in double overtime win over Grizzlies. Hit a game-tying lay-up off an out of bounds play with 0.4 seconds left to force overtime.

October 18, 2009

No games

October 28, 2008

No games

November 9, 2007

Baron Davis: 37 points, 14-26 FG, 5 assist, 5 rebounds in loss to the Mavericks. Scored 15 of his team's 29 points in the fourth quarter.

October 22, 2006

No games

November 2, 2005

Allen Iverson: 35 points, 9 assists in overtime loss to the Bucks. Scored 14 points in the 4th quarter.

November 12, 2004

Dirk Nowitzki: 41 points, 12-24 FG, 13-13 FT, 10 rebounds in a win over the Heat.

October 25, 2003

No games

November 4, 2002

Kobe Bryant: 33 points, 11-19 FG, 14 rebounds, 12 assists in overtime win over Trail Blazers. This marked the first time in his career that Bryant notched back-to-back triple-doubles.

November 15, 2001

Paul Pierce: 31 points, 9-19 FG, 6 rebounds, 5 assists in a win over Pacers.

October 27, 2000

No games

November 8, 1999

Shaquille O'Neal: 30 points, 10-14 FG, 20 rebounds in a win over the Mavericks. O'Neal would go on to win his only MVP and the first of his championships.

October 20, 1998

No games

October 31, 1997

No games

November 11, 1996

Mookie Blaylock: 16 points, 12 assists, 6 steals in a loss to the Lakers.

October 24, 1995

No games

November 3, 1994

No games

November 13, 1993

Karl Malone: 28 points, 11-16 FG, 15 rebounds, 4 assists in a win over the Pistons.

October 25, 1992

No games

November 6, 1991

Michael Jordan: 44 points, 16-26 FG, 6 assists in a win over the Celtics. It was just Jordan's third straight 40-point game.

October 18, 1990

No games

October 29, 1989

No games

November 9, 1988

Magic Johnson: 22 points, 10-16 FG, 18 assists, 7 rebounds in a win over the Warriors. Johnson would go on to win the MVP award.

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