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Three dominant performances from the 2016 Naismith Hall of Fame inductees

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Allen Iverson

The Answer never got his hands on the Larry O'Brien trophy but he showcased incredible skill and drive throughout his career. 

There are two defining moments from his NBA tenure that will always be remembered; his crossing of Michael Jordan as a rookie that really made fans and analysts sit up and take notice, and his stepping over of now-Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue. 

During game one of their 2001 finals series with the L.A. Lakers - Iverson's only trip to the finals - he dominated at the Staples Center with 48 points as the Philadelphia 76ers won 107-101.

Unfortunately for A.I., the Lakers came back into the series and won 4-1 but it was truly a game for the ages in the opening encounter. He shot 43.9 percent from the field on his 41 shots and was a perfect 9-9 from the free-throw line. He also had six assists and five rebounds. 

Shaquille O'Neal

The most physically imposing big man in the modern era had many dominant nights throughout his 19-year career. 

Whether it was with the Orlando Magic, L.A. Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers or Boston Celtics, he was always able to put the hammer down. 

His four titles and three finals MVPs showcased his incredible talents and even during his final days with the Celtics, at 36, he was able to put down 45 points on the Toronto Raptors.

Shaquille O''Neal watches the NBA game.

But his most dominant display came with the Lakers against their city rivals; the L.A. Clippers. In a game that challenges Kobe Bryant for the most dominant display in the history on the Purple and Gold, he destroyed L.A.'s second franchise. 

He missed only 11 shots of the 35 he took from the field on the night and ended the game with 61 points to go alongside a mammoth 23 rebounds.

Yao Ming

The biggest name to ever come out of China and a legend in the city of Houston, Yao Ming really brought something special to the NBA during his nine years in the league. 

He never got his hands on the biggest prize of them all but appeared in eight All-Star games and produced some dominant performances for Houston. 

In game two of the 2005 Western Conference finals, he put up 33 points and pulled down eight rebounds, but his most dominant display was a regular season game against the Atlanta Hawks where he scored 41, grabbed 16 rebounds and provided an impressive seven assists.

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