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1972: Lakers versus Knicks Round Four (L.A.’s Sensational Streak)

Background With the aging Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor, the 1972 Lakers were expected to be a rebuilding team. After a 6-3 start, Baylor retired, but the team embarked on a 33-game winning streak that remains the longest in NBA … Continue reading

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1973: Knicks versus Lakers Round Five (Wilt’s Last Season)

Background The Knicks were shorthanded when they lost the 1972 NBA Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers, and they returned a year later with vengeance in mind. Though the team reeled off 57 regular season wins, they still only finished … Continue reading

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2006: Heat versus Mavericks Round One (D-Wade has Arrived)

Background With the acquisition of Shaquille O’Neal in 2004, the Miami Heat became immediate contenders. The franchise had previously lost in the 1997 and 2005 Eastern Conference Finals, but in 2006–with the return of Pat Riley to the bench as … Continue reading

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1994: Rockets versus Knicks (Duel Between Olajuwon and Ewing)

Background In 1994, the Houston Rockets won 58 games in the regular season, good enough for the second seed in the playoffs behind the 63-win Seattle SuperSonics. Thanks to his play on both ends of the court, Hakeem Olajuwon was … Continue reading

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1989: Pistons versus Lakers Round Two (Kareem’s Final Season)

Background Coming off their heartbreaking loss in the 1988 NBA Finals, the Detroit Pistons entered the 1989 season on a mission. They ripped through the Eastern Conference, winning a franchise-best 63 games en route to the number one seed in … Continue reading

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1988: Lakers versus Pistons Round One (The Lakers Repeat)

Background After Coach Pat Riley promised a repeat during the 1987 victory parade, anything short of a championship for the Lakers would be considered a failure. Nevertheless, Los Angeles won a league-best 61 games in the regular season and looked … Continue reading

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