Top 5 NBA Finals Rematches Of All Time

Top 5 NBA Finals Rematches Of All Time

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With the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat set to lock horns in a rematch of the 2013 NBA Finals, here is a look at five of the most epic NBA Finals rematches of all time.

5. Lakers vs. Celtics, 2010

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5. Lakers vs. Celtics, 2010

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The storied history between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics was reignited in the 2008 NBA Finals as Paul Pierce and the Celtics sent Kobe Bryant and the Lakers home in six games. The 2010 NBA Finals would come down to a deciding Game 7 in which the Lakers prevailed. Celtics center Kendrick Perkins tore his ACL in Game 6, and Pau Gasol took advantage with 19 points and 18 rebounds.

4. 76ers vs. Lakers, 1983

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4. 76ers vs. Lakers, 1983

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The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Philadelphia 76ers in six games in the 1982 NBA Finals. Philadelphia went out and added league MVP Moses Malone that summer, and the Lakers-76ers finals rematch was on. Malone dominated Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the tune of 25.8 points and 18 rebounds per game as the 76ers swept the Lakers during their famous attempt at a “Fo, Fo, Fo” championship run.

3. Pistons vs. Lakers, 1989

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3. Pistons vs. Lakers, 1989

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It took seven games for the Los Angeles Lakers to dispatch the Isiah Thomas led Detroit Pistons in the 1988 NBA finals, and the following year it was payback time for the Bad Boys. Detroit crushed the Lakers in four games behind finals MVP Joe Dumars. Dumars put up 27.3 points and six assists per game to help the Pistons capture their first championship.

2. Lakers vs. Celtics, 1985

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2. Lakers vs. Celtics, 1985

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After blowing a two-game lead and losing to the Boston Celtics in seven games in the 1984 NBA Finals, the Los Angeles Lakers had revenge on their minds in the 1985 NBA Finals. After a 34-point blowout that became known as the Memorial Day Massacre, the Lakers, and more specifically Kareem Abdul Jabbar, got back on track. Jabbar had 30 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists the following game, and would go on to win finals MVP.

1. Lakers vs. Celtics, 1987

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1. Lakers vs. Celtics, 1987

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The 1987 NBA Finals saw the Los Angeles Lakers knock off the Boston Celtics in six games, but it was Magic Johnson who would key the Lakers' victory this time. Johnson drilled the infamous baby sky hook in the lane to steal Game 4 in Boston. He won NBA MVP that season, averaging 23.9 points and 12.2 assists, and brought home finals MVP by averaging 26.2 points, eight rebounds and 13 assists per game.

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