, The Celtics won the next three games and looked ready to close out L.A. in Game 5.  The Celtics tied the series in Game 4, 107–105 as Dennis Johnson hit a jumper at the buzzer. However, the Lakers have been the dominant team in the postseason, compiling a 12-3 record. The 76ers defeated the Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals in a 7-game series, but were defeated by Lakers in 6 games, with Johnson being named Finals MVP.  West was named Finals MVP despite being on the losing team, but it was small consolation in a decade where the Lakers went without a championship, every one of their Finals' losses in that decade coming at the hands of the Celtics. The Celtics and Lakers both found success in the 1970s, but there would be no rematch between the two teams.  Despite this, West was inconsolable. The Lakers would counter by signing LeBron James in the 2018 offseason. It will be the 11th championship meeting between the franchises, with Boston winning eight of its NBA-best 16 titles against the Lakers. erupting in the Staples Center.  In Game 5, the Celtics prevented the Lakers from celebrating in the Boston Garden by coming away with a 123–108 win. This was the third straight year in which the L.A. Lakers advanced to the NBA Finals.  O'Neal pulled a Boston reporter over and gestured toward his notepad.  In Game 6, the Lakers evened the series with a 119–108 victory. Cooke then came down to personally order the defiant coach to insert Wilt, but to no avail. I knew he could play, but I didn't know he could play like this. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was named MVP of the series, making him the oldest player (38 years, 1 month, 24 days) ever to win the MVP of an NBA Finals series. Cousy would prove his prediction correct, leading his team with 51 total assists (still a record for a four-game NBA Finals series) to defeat the Minneapolis Lakers in the first 4–0 sweep ever in the NBA Finals.  In the Game 5 victory, Baylor grabbed 22 rebounds and set the still-standing NBA record for points in a finals game with 61, despite fouling out of the game. This was the third time in four years that the Bucks and the Celtics had met in the playoffs; the Bucks defeated the Celtics in the 1983 Eastern Conference Semifinals, and the Celtics defeated the Bucks in the 1984 Eastern Conference Finals. Who is best pro athlete from every Western Wash. high school? No team won back-to-back. 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. In Game 5, the Celtics took a 3–2 series lead as Bird scored 34 points. The Lakers - Celtics duel is one of sport’s most celebrated. 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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. East Division Finals. 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. It seemed to be over when Lakers center Wilt Chamberlain was injured and replaced by reserve Mel Counts. Lakers win series 4-2. Boston Celtics 2. The Lakers or Celtics appeared in the Finals series every year of the decade. No, you haven't gone for a ride in a time machine back to the 1980s.  Without O'Neal, the Lakers missed the playoffs the following year and failed to advance to the Finals for the next three years..  Lakers owner Jerry Buss famously remarked that "this has removed the most odious sentence in the English language. Boston triumphed in Game 7, 111-102. They won 62 games in the regular season, which was five fewer than Boston, but the Lakers and Celtics still won the West and East by 11 and 10 games, respectively, and entered the playoffs on a collision course. , 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. The Celtics rebounded the following year to win the 1986 NBA Finals against the Rockets. They fell on hard times after that, following the trade of Shaquille O'Neal, missing the postseason in 2005 and getting knocked out in the first round the next two years. 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Prior to Johnson and Bird's arrival, the NBA had gone through a decade of declining interest and low TV ratings. " Sports journalist Larry Schwartz of ESPN asserted that Johnson and Bird saved the NBA from bankruptcy. I didn't care about anything else. 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. , Playing off their rivalry in the NCAA and NBA, Johnson and Bird reunited to promote Game 5 of the 2018 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (of which Johnson is a part-owner) and Boston Red Sox. This would prove critical as the Celtics held on and triumphed 108–106.  In 2009, the Lakers signed Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace). During the 1990s, the rivalry died down. With the addition of Allen and Garnett alongside Pierce to become the new "Big Three", the Celtics returned to the top of the NBA in the 2007–2008 season by posting the best record in the league and reaching the Finals. The start of the decade saw the Lakers' woes in the NBA Finals continue, with a loss to the New York Knicks in 1970. In Game 6, the Celtics closed out the Lakers in convincing fashion with a 124–109 victory. The chant originated during Game 7 of the 1982 Eastern Conference Championships at Boston Garden when the Boston fans urged the victorious Philadelphia 76ers to "Beat L.A.! Prior to 2014, the Lakers only missed the playoffs four times since moving to Los Angeles, and five times in franchise history.  The Lakers' title in 2000 came against the Indiana Pacers who were coached by Celtic legend Bird.  The Lakers won that game, making Phil Jackson the fastest coach to win 1,000 games.  Paul Pierce was named Finals MVP. 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