Game 5 was notable for an impressive Lakers' comeback sending it into overtime, but the Celtics would ultimately win that game. [4][5][6] Under Hall of Fame head coach John Kundla, and with the NBA's first superstar in George Mikan,[7] they would win three more titles in 1952,[8] 1953,[9] and 1954. [14], The Lakers relocated to Los Angeles in 1960. The Celtics have the edge with 17 NBA crowns and the Lakers have 16. During the 1978–79 NCAA season, Michigan State was led by Magic Johnson to the championship game of the NCAA Tournament, where they faced Indiana State University, which was led by senior Larry Bird. 2 being Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals). [133] Game 7 was watched by an average audience of 1.1 million viewers on TSN, making it the largest Canadian audience ever recorded for an NBA game. Minneapolis would win the first ever Championship Series of the newly formed NBA in 1950 (three BAA Finals were played between 1947–1949 and retroactively counted as NBA Championships, one of which was won by the Lakers in 1949). Similarly, Bird said that, "the first thing I would do every morning was look at the box scores to see what Magic did. McHale was directly involved in one of the defining moments of the rivalry, when he clotheslined Lakers forward Kurt Rambis on a breakaway layup during Game 4 of the 1984 finals in Los Angeles. However, they won Game 3 and a buzzer-beater by Sam Jones tied the series up at two games apiece. However, behind the efforts of Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, and Gail Goodrich, the Lakers won the next two games, setting the stage for another classic Game 7 in the Boston Garden. [126] Game 4 would prove to be a close and hard-fought game, with the Lakers up by two at the end of the third quarter. They would both go on to dominate the league in the 1960s and 1980s, facing each other six times in the 1960s, three times in the 1980s, … Boston was led by their 'Big Three' of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen. Cooke then came down to personally order the defiant coach to insert Wilt, but to no avail. [44] After the game, Bird said his team played like "sissies" in an attempt to light a fire under his teammates. The Lakers won 11 of the 19 NBA Finals … [90] The next season, the Lakers and Celtics played a regular season game on Christmas Day. [20], The Celtics won the next three games and looked ready to close out L.A. in Game 5. They did not reach the Finals again until 2008. Boston won only 24 games in 2006-07, but led the NBA with a 66-16 mark this season. [55] With the two future Hall of Famers, the league won a whole generation of new fans. The Celtics won Game 1, and the two teams would alternate victories through Game 5. Seattle to join nationwide COVID-19 memorial today, honor victims, Seattle to see colder temperatures, possible weekend snow, The flu is barely spreading this year in King County. "[24] Before the game, the Celtics circulated in their locker room a memo about the Lakers' celebration plans. [13] This would mark the first Finals loss for the previously dominant Lakers, and the first of eight straight titles for Boston. Boston would face a tough seven-game series against the Syracuse Nationals but would eventually emerge victorious, leading Celtic star Bob Cousy to predict that Boston would sweep Minneapolis. The Celtics fended off the late Los Angeles rally to capture the NBA title and send Red Auerbach out a champion. "[40] Despite the encouragement, the 76ers lost the 1982 NBA Finals to the Lakers, who were led by new head coach Pat Riley. However, the Lakers have been the dominant team in the postseason, compiling a 12-3 record. However, the Lakers began the rebuilding process in 1996 by trading for Kobe Bryant, who was drafted from high school that year by the Charlotte Hornets. However, the Lakers opened up a massive lead in Game 6, peaking at 27. "[40][135][136], In January 2011 before an upcoming Celtic-Lakers regular season matchup, Celtic forward Kevin Garnett with shoe company Anta released a "Beat L.A." green shoe which featured on the tongue the numbers "152–120", which was at the time the Celtics all-time record against the Lakers. However, while Perkins was ruled out because of his injury, Bynum was cleared to play in Game 7. With the New York Knicks also failing to make the playoffs that season, it marked the first time in NBA history that neither the Celtics, Lakers nor the Knicks qualified for the playoffs in the same season. With 4:07 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Celtics took their first lead in the game when Celtics' reserve Eddie House made an 18-foot (5.5 m) jumper. Worthy had 29 points while Abdul-Jabbar had 26 points and 14 rebounds. 1985 NBA Finals. Boston's new Big … "[57] Sports journalist Larry Schwartz of ESPN asserted that Johnson and Bird saved the NBA from bankruptcy. Ron Artest would sink a key 3-pointer for the Lakers and make other clutch moves, leading Phil Jackson to call him the MVP of Game 7. The Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics are poised to do battle once again in the NBA Finals, right here in 2008. [36], The Celtics–Lakers rivalry was renewed in the 1980s, in large part due to the personal rivalry between Bird and Johnson. Boston triumphed in Game 7, 111-102. This was the eighth meeting between the Celtics and the Lakers in the NBA Finals, with Boston having won the previous seven. 1 being Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, No. [80], The Lakers returned to the Finals in 2004 but lost at the hands of the Detroit Pistons. In Game 5, the Celtics took a 3–2 series lead as Bird scored 34 points. Los Angeles eliminated the San Antonio Spurs in five games, wrapping up the series with a 100-92 victory on Thursday. In the game the Lakers rallied from a 14-point deficit to three points down with one minute remaining, when Maxwell knocked the ball away from Magic Johnson. "[19], Unlike their previous two encounters, the Celtics dominated the Lakers, who were playing without an injured Elgin Baylor, and only Game 2 had a close score. Minneapolis, led by rookie sensation Elgin Baylor, made the Finals by defeating the defending World Champion St. Louis Hawks. [29] However, the Lakers rebounded two years later to win the 1972 NBA Finals and their first championship in Los Angeles, also against the Knicks. During the 1990s, the rivalry died down. [105][106], On February 20, 2013, the Lakers played their first game since the death of long time owner Jerry Buss who had died two days earlier, paying tribute to him at the Staples Center before facing off against the Celtics. [74], The Lakers returned to prominence in the early 2000s. And just like their predecessors, they'll share it with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Celtics and Lakers are meeting again in the NBA Finals, with Kobe and KG taking their place alongside the likes of Magic and Bird in the league's most storied rivalry. Local leaders strike hopeful tone as Biden, Harris take... New documentary shows fight to save historic Blue Moon... Report: Pederson, Seahawks OC candidate, may take 2021 off, Here's how the 2020 housing market compared to 2019. [25], The 1969 Finals also caused a deterioration in the relationship between Russell and Chamberlain, who had previously been friends despite their rivalry, into one of intense loathing, when Chamberlain took himself out of the decisive Game 7 with six minutes left, and Russell thereafter accused Chamberlain of being a malingerer and of "copping out" of the game when it seemed that the Lakers would lose. Magic Johnson had 29 points, 13 assists, and 8 rebounds, while James Worthy had 33 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds. https://www.sportskeeda.com/basketball/5-biggest-rivals-la-lakers-ranked 1984-85: Lakers Finally End Celtics Hex. Magic had 22 points and 20 assists, while Michael Cooper made six three-point shots, then a record for most three-pointers made in a single NBA Finals game. Despite an impressive 38-point performance from Bryant in Game 5, the Celtics would win 92–86 led by Paul Pierce's 27 points, and would take a 3–2 lead heading back to L.A. [54], The rivalry was also significant because it drew national attention to the faltering NBA. [18], This series would also be notable for its future implications in NBA telecasts. Minneapolis would win the first ever Championship Series of the newly formed NBA in 1950 (three BAA Finals were played between 1947–1949 and retroactively counted as NBA Championships, one of which was won by the Lakers in 1949). "My name is Shaquille O'Neal and Paul Pierce is the [expletive] truth. The Lakers were the defending champions, having beaten the Orlando Magic 4–1 in the 2009 NBA Finals. [2] The Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers have met a record 12 times in the NBA Finals, starting with their first Finals meeting in 1959. NBA Finals (1) Boston Celtics vs. (2) Houston Rockets: Celtics win series 4–2 Boston guard Danny Ainge made 5 out of 6 three-pointers attempted, including a 45-footer as the first half expired. In the commercial, Bird is practicing alone on a rural basketball court when Johnson pulls up in a sleek limousine and challenges him to a one-on-one match. The Celtics' 66–16 record gave them home court advantage over Los Angeles (57–25). The Lakers have won 14 championships -- nine in Los Angeles and five in Minneapolis. Game 1 became known as the "Memorial Day Massacre" as the Celtics soundly beat the Lakers 148–114. [45], This was the first NBA Finals series between the Lakers and Celtics after the Lakers moved to Los Angeles.[17]. Boston and the Lakers of Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar dominated the NBA in the 1980s: From 1980-88, the two rivals won all but one of the nine NBA championships -- three for Boston, five for Los Angeles (and one for the Philadelphia 76ers) -- and met for the title three times in four years. Three of those series (1962, 1966, and 1969) went seven games. The last time the Lakers won the NBA championship was in 1972.In the eight years between championships, the Lakers made the NBA Finals again in 1973 and lost to the New York Knicks in five games. [39], The Celtics lost the 1982 Eastern Conference Finals to the 76ers, and along with it the possibility of a rematch with the Lakers. This would prove critical as the Celtics held on and triumphed 108–106. [114] Paul Pierce was named Finals MVP. The Lakers won Game 1 102–89, led by Kobe Bryant's 30-point performance. Celtics-Lakers Finals an '80s flashback. During those 10 years, every single NBA Finals included at least one of the two teams, and they faced off on three occasions. [118], This was the first time the Celtics made the Finals since 1987, while the Lakers' last appearance had been in 2004. by spotoneout Plays Quiz not verified by Sporcle . 2020 NBA Finals > (1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Miami Heat. However, battles between the Celtics and the Lakers took a back seat to the emerging rivalry between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, who met in four consecutive NBA Finals between 2015 and 2018, where the Cavaliers were led by a big three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love, while the Warriors were led by a big four of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. The animosity against Ainge and Boston stemmed from Riley’s days as coach of the Lakers during the two teams’ peak rivalry days in the ’80s. [26] The two men did not talk to each other for over 20 years until Russell attempted to patch things up, although he never uttered a genuine apology. [130] After the Celtics had built a 13-point lead late in the third quarter, the game was tied at 64 with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. [20], After the Los Angeles Lakers' comeback overtime win in Game 1, Red Auerbach, who had challenged the entire league to topple the Celtics from their reign by announcing he would retire after 1965–1966 before the season had started (thus giving his detractors "one last shot" at him), announced Bill Russell as the Celtics coach for 1966–1967 and beyond, the first African-American coach in the NBA. [26] Chamberlain (whose knee was so bad that he could not play the entire offseason and ruptured it in the next season) was livid at Russell and saw him as a backstabber. Dennis Johnson responded by sinking two free throws to seal the Celtics' victory. However, Boston's bench would prove to be the deciding factor, outscoring the Lakers 13–2 for nearly half the quarter, en route to a 96–89 victory. Boston would win game one. erupting in the Staples Center. It was a seesaw, give-and-take contest. Prior to 2014, the Lakers only missed the playoffs four times since moving to Los Angeles, and five times in franchise history. [19] The Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers to enter the Finals, marked by Johnny Most's famous call of "Havlicek stole the ball! Game 3 returned to Boston, where the Lakers took a 2–1 series lead by winning 91–84, again led by Bryant but with strong support from Derek Fisher. [44] In Game 4, the Lakers had a five-point game lead with less than a minute to play, but made several execution errors as the Celtics tied the game and then came away with a 129–125 victory in overtime. [46] Michael Cooper had 22 points, making 8 out of 9 field goals attempted. Both Kendrick Perkins of Boston and Andrew Bynum of Los Angeles were injured in this game. Under Jackson's guidance, and with O'Neal and Bryant leading the way, the Lakers won three straight championships in 2000,[75] 2001,[76] and 2002. As of 2018, the Celtics and Lakers have a .590 and .596 all-time winning records respectively. [48] Magic Johnson was named unanimous MVP of the series, averaging 26.2 points, 13.0 assists, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.3 steals, leading the Lakers in all four categories. [101][102] The Lakers won Game 7 against the Celtics for their very first time, bringing their total number of NBA championships to sixteen (they have one NBL championship in 1948), just one fewer than the Celtics' seventeen. Much of both rosters had been kept intact since the teams last meeting in 2008 and the Celtics' veterans Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Rasheed Wallace looked to add to their championship résumés, while Kobe Bryant and the Lakers looked to even the score against the Celtics. "[96] The Lakers ended the season with the West's best record, while the Celtics would enter the playoffs as the number four seed. Nevertheless, the rivalry between the Celtics and the Lakers remained fairly even during this recent period, with the two teams managing a split in the season series four of the last six times. The two biggest figures of the '80s took home eight championships between them, five league MVPs (Bird-3, Magic-2) and five Finals MVPs (Magic-3, Bird-2). The Celtics, who locked up with Detroit many times in the 1980s, will now rekindle another classic series in the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. The start of the decade saw the Lakers' woes in the NBA Finals continue, with a loss to the New York Knicks in 1970. [48] In Game 3, the Celtics posted a 109–103 win, led by Bird, who had 30 points and 12 rebounds. [42] The 1982–1983 season would also be the rookie year of Laker James Worthy, another Hall of Famer in the storied rivalry. chant, sung by fans in opposing arenas whenever a Los Angeles-based team plays in their home venue. [44] Bird was named MVP of the series. Instead, the game went into overtime and the Celtics won by three points. [44] In Game 6, the Lakers evened the series with a 119–108 victory. [56] The rivalry between Bird, Johnson, and their teams contributed greatly to the success of the league during the decade; according to Bryant Gumbel, "Magic and Larry saved the NBA. [27] When Chamberlain died in 1999, Chamberlain's nephew stated that Russell was the second person he was ordered to break the news to.[28]. This was the third straight year in which the L.A. Lakers advanced to the NBA Finals. In Game 6, the Celtics closed out the Lakers in convincing fashion with a 124–109 victory. I didn't care about anything else. However, the Lakers would edge out for close victories in Game 2 and Game 3. The following year, the Lakers again faced the Knicks in the 1973 NBA Finals and lost. [14] Despite finishing second in the division standings for the first time in a decade, Boston would return to the Finals for a record tenth straight time . [103] During a game against the Lakers on February 11, 2011, Ray Allen became the all-time NBA leader in total 3-point field goals made. The Celtics would win Game 4 before the Lakers would come back and win another close victory in Game 5. Boston's streak of 10 consecutive Finals appearances had been snapped in 1967 by the 76ers. [93] In 2009, the Lakers signed Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace). [119] The Celtics defeated the Lakers four games to three. [129], This was the fifth Game 7 between the Lakers and Celtics. [134] This was also the first time since 2002 that a team has won back-to-back championships; that team was also the Lakers, led by Kobe and Shaquille O'Neal. [104] However, both the Lakers and Celtics would be eliminated in the second round of the playoffs that year by the 2011 NBA Finals participants, the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat, respectively. Paul Pierce is the truth. [120] For the first time, the Finals went to a 2–3–2 format with games one and two in Boston while the next three games were in Los Angeles. Boston Celtics 2. The Celtics–Lakers rivalry is a National Basketball Association (NBA) rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers. [46], The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Celtics four games to two. Game 1: Lakers 116, Heat 98 Game 2: Lakers 124, Heat 114 Game 3: Heat 115, Lakers 104 Game 4: Lakers 102, Heat 96 Game 5: Heat 111, Lakers 108 Game 6: Lakers 106, Heat 93 COMPLETED ROUNDS 2020 NBA Western Conference Finals In addition, the Celtics went on to sign All-Star free agents Al Horford and Gordon Hayward in addition to acquiring Kyrie Irving from the Cavaliers. [46] Celtic reserve forward Scott Wedman made all 11 out of 11 field goal attempts. Game 7 was the third most-watched game in NBA history, with 28.2 million viewers (No. Magic’s Lakers of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy first took on Larry’s Celtics including Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, and Dennis Johnson in the 1984 Finals. The Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers have met a record 12 times in the NBA Finals, starting with their first Finals meeting in 1959. [46] Abdul-Jabbar led the Lakers with 36 points. As of the end of the 2019–20 season, Boston is the only team with a winning overall record against the Lakers.[3]. As the series shifted to Los Angeles, the Lakers stifled Pierce and Garnett in Game 3, winning 87–81. I knew he could play, but I didn't know he could play like this. [18], The Celtics would make their ninth straight appearance in the NBA Finals and face the Lakers for the fourth time. However, the foundation for the renewed Celtics–Lakers rivalry of the 1980s was actually laid down in college basketball of the late 1970s. In contrast to the frequent Lakers-Celtics championship match-ups, the Dodgers and Red Sox were meeting in the World Series for the first time (since the Dodgers franchise relocated to Los Angeles).[58]. [36] In every single NBA Finals series during the 1980s, either the Lakers or the Celtics were present. 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