(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Miami Heat. However, the foundation for the renewed Celtics–Lakers rivalry of the 1980s was actually laid down in college basketball of the late 1970s. The start of the decade saw the Lakers' woes in the NBA Finals continue, with a loss to the New York Knicks in 1970. [74], The Lakers returned to prominence in the early 2000s. [63] Celtics star Reggie Lewis died of a heart attack in his prime in 1993, further marring the team in tragedy since second overall pick Len Bias died of a drug overdose two days after he was drafted in 1986. But while the Celtics were able to return to the playoffs over the next three seasons and even made the Eastern Conference Finals in 2017 and 2018, the Lakers found themselves in a lengthy rebuilding process. 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. [18], This series would also be notable for its future implications in NBA telecasts. The Lakers, meanwhile, went on to win the 1988 NBA Finals against the Detroit Pistons,[49] before losing to the Pistons the following year in 1989,[50] and win titles again in 2000, 2001 and 2002, all while the Celtics wallowed in mediocrity. Game 1 became known as the "Memorial Day Massacre" as the Celtics soundly beat the Lakers 148–114. However, the final game of that series is memorable to the rivalry because Boston fans chanted for the 76ers, who were just about to eliminate their Celtics, to "Beat L.A.! BRIAN MAHONEY, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. erupting in the Staples Center. [47] In the 1987 NBA Finals, the two teams met for a tie-breaker of their 1980s Finals matches, and the Lakers once again emerged victorious in six games, with the iconic image of Johnson's junior sky hook. [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. The Lakers have won 14 championships -- nine in Los Angeles and five in Minneapolis. [114], This was the Boston Celtics' eighth consecutive NBA Championship, a feat unrivaled in North American professional sports. The Lakers' bench had outscored Boston's bench 24–0 entering the fourth quarter. The Celtics' 66–16 record gave them home court advantage over Los Angeles (57–25). "[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. After the game, a Laker fan threw a beer at Celtics guard M.L. Three of those series (1962, 1966, and 1969) went seven games. [19] The Celtics would win the series in Game 5 with a 129–96 victory over the Lakers. Bryant helped the Lakers win three consecutive titles from 2000-02, and they fell short of another with a loss to the Pistons in 2004. [10] The Celtics would emerge behind early NBA star Bob Cousy by winning the 1957 NBA Finals[11] and losing in 1958. [108] This marked the first of Boston's record eight straight titles. In 2008 the two teams met in the NBA Finals for the first time since 1987, with the Celtics winning the series 4–2. [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. [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. It was a seesaw, give-and-take contest. Magic said of the games against the Celtics, "when the new schedule would come out each year, I'd grab it and circle the Boston games. [45], 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. [21], With Bill Russell and Sam Jones in their final season, and plagued with injuries, the Celtics struggled to make the NBA playoffs as the fourth and final seed in the Eastern Conference. [18], The Celtics would make their ninth straight appearance in the NBA Finals and face the Lakers for the fourth time. chant, sung by fans in opposing arenas whenever a Los Angeles-based team plays in their home venue. Magic Johnson had 29 points, 13 assists, and 8 rebounds, while James Worthy had 33 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds. The Celtics and the Lakers are the two most storied franchises in the NBA, and the rivalry has often been called the greatest in the NBA. [46] In Game 5, the Lakers raced out to a 64–51 lead and stretched it to 89–72 before the Celtics cut the deficit to 101–97 with six minutes remaining. However the Celtics would hold on to win 108-102, taking the commanding 2–0 series lead. 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. [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. This was the eighth meeting between the Celtics and the Lakers in the NBA Finals, with Boston having won the previous seven. [22], After losing the first two games in the Forum in L.A., no one thought Boston would even pull out a victory. With the disbanding of Boston's Big Three, and anticipated changes to the Lakers' roster, some believe that the 2011–12 NBA season was the last chapter of the current Celtics–Lakers rivalry. Season Summary In Game 6, the Lakers were led by Abdul-Jabbar who scored 29 points as the Lakers defeated the Celtics 111–100. https://www.sportskeeda.com/basketball/5-biggest-rivals-la-lakers-ranked [45] "[24] Before the game, the Celtics circulated in their locker room a memo about the Lakers' celebration plans. 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. [81] Thereafter, O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat. Seven of the Lakers’ finals losses during that stretch were against the Celtics. Awaiting the Celtics were the powerful Los Angeles Lakers who had a nucleus of Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and newly acquired Wilt Chamberlain. The Celtics would again defeat the Lakers. Sure enough, despite several close games, including the decisive game only having a three-point differential once again, the Celtics would only require six games to close out the Lakers this time. [117], Boston played tough through the first half and would keep the game close, with a score of 60–60. [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. But Los Angeles won the last two, in 1985 and '87. [118] Despite this, West was inconsolable. [41] However, the 76ers defeated the Lakers the following year in the 1983 NBA Finals. The game was known as the "Heat Game", as it was played under 97 °F-heat, and without any air conditioning at the infamous Boston Garden. Prior to Johnson and Bird's arrival, the NBA had gone through a decade of declining interest and low TV ratings. As the series shifted to Los Angeles, the Lakers stifled Pierce and Garnett in Game 3, winning 87–81. In Game 1, the Los Angeles Lakers came away with a 126–113 victory. 1985 NBA Finals. [59] This would prove to be a defining moment of the NBA, a changing of the old guard as the Lakers and Celtics fell into mediocrity, while the Bulls won six titles led by Jordan, Scottie Pippen and coach Phil Jackson, who would cement their respective reputations as the greatest player and coach in NBA history. Boston guard Danny Ainge made 5 out of 6 three-pointers attempted, including a 45-footer as the first half expired. 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.! 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. Rondo would miss his final 3-pointer and the Lakers won Game 7 against the Celtics for the first time in franchise history, clinching their 16th NBA title.[132]. The Celtics win over the Lakers in 1966 marked an unprecedented eight consecutive championships, the longest streak of any North American professional sports team. Crushed by the Houston Rockets in … The Celtics haven't won a title since Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish led them past Houston in 1986. The personal rivalry formed by these two basketball greats during college would transfer to their NBA careers, and reignite the rivalry between the two storied franchises that they came to represent. [38] The following year, behind the "Big Three" of future Hall of Famers Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish, the Celtics won the 1981 NBA Finals against the Houston Rockets. The Celtics’ lead contracted slightly during the ’80s, which some consider the single greatest era in the rivalry. Game 7 was the third most-watched game in NBA history, with 28.2 million viewers (No. The home team won Games 5 and 6 which set up a dramatic seventh game. This was the third straight year in which the L.A. Lakers advanced to the NBA Finals. The Lakers were the defending champions, having beaten the Orlando Magic 4–1 in the 2009 NBA Finals. [80], The Lakers returned to the Finals in 2004 but lost at the hands of the Detroit Pistons. I knew he could play, but I didn't know he could play like this. The 39-point margin of victory was the largest ever in an NBA championship-clinching game, breaking the old record of 33, also set by the Celtics over the Lakers in Game Five of the 1965 NBA Finals, 129–96. During the 1990s, the rivalry died down. [82] Without O'Neal, the Lakers missed the playoffs the following year and failed to advance to the Finals for the next three years.[83][84][85]. Lakers win series 4-2. Who is best pro athlete from every Western Wash. high school? 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. It was a grueling seven-game matchup ultimately won by the Celtics. Dallas Chaparrals vs. New Orleans Buccaneers; San Francisco Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers; Finals. [54], The rivalry was also significant because it drew national attention to the faltering NBA. Kobe Bryant was named Finals MVP for the second straight year. However, they won Game 3 and a buzzer-beater by Sam Jones tied the series up at two games apiece. [46] In Game 3, the Celtics had a 48–38 lead in the second quarter before the Lakers, led by James Worthy, took a 65–59 lead at halftime and then pulled away in the second half to come away with a 136–111 victory. [44] Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would go after Bird later on in the third quarter, and 1981 Finals MVP Cedric Maxwell further antagonized the Lakers by following a missed James Worthy free throw by crossing the lane with his hands around his own neck, symbolizing that Worthy was "choking" under pressure. By contrast, the aging Celtics struggled to obtain the fourth seed, with Russell and Jones playing in their final seasons. Despite having numerous opportunities, the Lakers couldn't get over the hump and Don Nelson would make an incredible foul-line jump-shot which bounced off the back iron and fell in. 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 Lakers won Game 1 102–89, led by Kobe Bryant's 30-point performance. [128] The Lakers would win the game 89–67 and set up an epic Game 7. The Lakers and the Celtics have met 11 times already in the NBA Finals, with Boston winning the first eight meetings, and Los Angeles winning the next two both in the 80s . Minneapolis, led by rookie sensation Elgin Baylor, made the Finals by defeating the defending World Champion St. Louis Hawks. "[79] In 2002, the Celtics, with Pierce and Antoine Walker, made an impressive run for the Finals and the two teams narrowly missed each other. [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. The Celtics' victory in Game 4 was the largest comeback in the NBA Finals since 1971. Jones, who was also a former Celtics player, and two teams finally had their long-awaited rematch in the 1984 NBA Finals,[44] a grueling seven game series that had many memorable moments, including a 137–104 blowout in Game 3 that led Bird to call his Celtic teammates "sissies", the Kevin McHale takedown of Laker forward Kurt Rambis which led to increased physical aggression by both teams, the sweltering heat of the infamously un-airconditioned Boston Garden in Game 5, and Cedric Maxwell's 24-point performance in Game 7. The Celtics have the edge with 17 NBA crowns and the Lakers have 16. In between, the Celtics won in 1981, 1984 and 1986. [118], The Celtics, looking to repeat as NBA Champions, had homecourt advantage for the second year in a row as they finished the regular season with a 63–19 record while the Lakers compiled a 62–20 record. 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). 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. Worthy had 29 points while Abdul-Jabbar had 26 points and 14 rebounds. [48] In Game 2, the Lakers took a 2–0 series lead with a 141–122 victory. New Orleans Buccaneers vs. Pittsburgh Pipers; Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics; 1967-68 Reg. When Magic Johnson won the MVP Finals plum, the following year Larry Bird would snatch the crown. However, the Celtics would close out the series in Game 6 with a dominant 131–92 win. Even though it seems like the Celtics and Lakers met constantly in the Finals during the Bird/Johnson era, they actually only met three times, with the Celtics severely hampered by … [112][113], The Lakers and Celtics would meet the following year in 1963. In Game 6, the Celtics closed out the Lakers in convincing fashion with a 124–109 victory. Game 5 was notable for an impressive Lakers' comeback sending it into overtime, but the Celtics would ultimately win that game. [93] In 2009, the Lakers signed Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace). [46] Michael Cooper had 22 points, making 8 out of 9 field goals attempted. 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. Sports Quiz / 80s Celtics Lakers Finals Random Sports or NBA Quiz Can you click on the members of the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers who played in the 1984, 1985 and/or 1987 NBA Finals? Remarkably, Boston would pull away and entered the fourth quarter up by 18. [22] In a show of good sportsmanship, Bill Russell held West's hand and John Havlicek said: "I love you, Jerry! 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, and two times in 2008 and 2010. This was the largest margin of victory in a deciding Finals game, and would not be broken until 2008, when the Celtics defeated the Lakers once again by a score of 131–92. [78] O'Neal pulled a Boston reporter over and gestured toward his notepad. The Celtics rebounded the following year to win the 1986 NBA Finals against the Rockets. [118], After being eliminated in the Western Conference Finals a year earlier, the Lakers returned to the NBA Finals and were awarded homecourt advantage as they accumulated a 65–17 record while the Celtics finished the season with a 59–23 record. [119] The Celtics defeated the Lakers four games to three. Only the Lakers made an appearance in the NBA Finals that decade, losing the 1991 NBA Finals to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, the first championship in the Bulls' dynasty. The series shifted to Boston with only one full day off for both teams. During the first decade of the NBA in the 1950s, the Minneapolis Lakers had the first NBA dynasty. Boston would win game one. Kobe Bryant exhibited difficulties for much of the game, shooting only 6-for-24 from the field. Cooke then came down to personally order the defiant coach to insert Wilt, but to no avail. The Lakers won 113-99 in a game that saw Steve Nash pass former Lakers star Johnson for fourth on the all-time NBA assist list.[107]. Boston triumphed in Game 7, 111-102. [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]. [97] Likewise, chants of "Beat L.A.!" [92] They went on to win the 2009 NBA Finals that season, but the Celtics were eliminated by eventual Eastern Conference champions Orlando Magic. game in the NBA Finals, and Los Angeles was unable to break the string. Here's what to know. 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. [118], One of the lasting effects on the Lakers–Celtics rivalry was the usage of the famous "Beat L.A.!" 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. "[25], By virtue of a 62–20 record, the Celtics had homecourt advantage over the Lakers who finished the regular season with a 54–28 mark. Boston bested Los Angeles in seven games in the 1984 Finals before the Lakers found redemption by defeating the Celtics, 4-2, in the Finals the following year. A defiant Bill Russell denied that any such thing was going to happen. 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. Common Herd - Crossword Clue, Kandasamys: The Wedding Mp4, Sparkling Wine Glass Size, Perfect Cell Saga, New Braunfels Tubing Season, Honest Kitchen Dog Food Review, Kasi Viswanathan Wiki, Vishwaroopam Watch Online, If If Else, " /> (1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Miami Heat. However, the foundation for the renewed Celtics–Lakers rivalry of the 1980s was actually laid down in college basketball of the late 1970s. The start of the decade saw the Lakers' woes in the NBA Finals continue, with a loss to the New York Knicks in 1970. [74], The Lakers returned to prominence in the early 2000s. [63] Celtics star Reggie Lewis died of a heart attack in his prime in 1993, further marring the team in tragedy since second overall pick Len Bias died of a drug overdose two days after he was drafted in 1986. But while the Celtics were able to return to the playoffs over the next three seasons and even made the Eastern Conference Finals in 2017 and 2018, the Lakers found themselves in a lengthy rebuilding process. 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. [18], This series would also be notable for its future implications in NBA telecasts. The Lakers, meanwhile, went on to win the 1988 NBA Finals against the Detroit Pistons,[49] before losing to the Pistons the following year in 1989,[50] and win titles again in 2000, 2001 and 2002, all while the Celtics wallowed in mediocrity. Game 1 became known as the "Memorial Day Massacre" as the Celtics soundly beat the Lakers 148–114. However, the final game of that series is memorable to the rivalry because Boston fans chanted for the 76ers, who were just about to eliminate their Celtics, to "Beat L.A.! BRIAN MAHONEY, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. erupting in the Staples Center. [47] In the 1987 NBA Finals, the two teams met for a tie-breaker of their 1980s Finals matches, and the Lakers once again emerged victorious in six games, with the iconic image of Johnson's junior sky hook. [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. The Lakers have won 14 championships -- nine in Los Angeles and five in Minneapolis. [114], This was the Boston Celtics' eighth consecutive NBA Championship, a feat unrivaled in North American professional sports. The Lakers' bench had outscored Boston's bench 24–0 entering the fourth quarter. The Celtics' 66–16 record gave them home court advantage over Los Angeles (57–25). "[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. After the game, a Laker fan threw a beer at Celtics guard M.L. Three of those series (1962, 1966, and 1969) went seven games. [19] The Celtics would win the series in Game 5 with a 129–96 victory over the Lakers. Bryant helped the Lakers win three consecutive titles from 2000-02, and they fell short of another with a loss to the Pistons in 2004. [10] The Celtics would emerge behind early NBA star Bob Cousy by winning the 1957 NBA Finals[11] and losing in 1958. [108] This marked the first of Boston's record eight straight titles. In 2008 the two teams met in the NBA Finals for the first time since 1987, with the Celtics winning the series 4–2. [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. [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. It was a seesaw, give-and-take contest. Magic said of the games against the Celtics, "when the new schedule would come out each year, I'd grab it and circle the Boston games. [45], 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. [21], With Bill Russell and Sam Jones in their final season, and plagued with injuries, the Celtics struggled to make the NBA playoffs as the fourth and final seed in the Eastern Conference. [18], The Celtics would make their ninth straight appearance in the NBA Finals and face the Lakers for the fourth time. chant, sung by fans in opposing arenas whenever a Los Angeles-based team plays in their home venue. Magic Johnson had 29 points, 13 assists, and 8 rebounds, while James Worthy had 33 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds. The Celtics and the Lakers are the two most storied franchises in the NBA, and the rivalry has often been called the greatest in the NBA. [46] In Game 5, the Lakers raced out to a 64–51 lead and stretched it to 89–72 before the Celtics cut the deficit to 101–97 with six minutes remaining. However the Celtics would hold on to win 108-102, taking the commanding 2–0 series lead. 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. [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. This was the eighth meeting between the Celtics and the Lakers in the NBA Finals, with Boston having won the previous seven. [22], After losing the first two games in the Forum in L.A., no one thought Boston would even pull out a victory. With the disbanding of Boston's Big Three, and anticipated changes to the Lakers' roster, some believe that the 2011–12 NBA season was the last chapter of the current Celtics–Lakers rivalry. Season Summary In Game 6, the Lakers were led by Abdul-Jabbar who scored 29 points as the Lakers defeated the Celtics 111–100. https://www.sportskeeda.com/basketball/5-biggest-rivals-la-lakers-ranked [45] "[24] Before the game, the Celtics circulated in their locker room a memo about the Lakers' celebration plans. 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. [81] Thereafter, O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat. Seven of the Lakers’ finals losses during that stretch were against the Celtics. Awaiting the Celtics were the powerful Los Angeles Lakers who had a nucleus of Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and newly acquired Wilt Chamberlain. The Celtics would again defeat the Lakers. Sure enough, despite several close games, including the decisive game only having a three-point differential once again, the Celtics would only require six games to close out the Lakers this time. [117], Boston played tough through the first half and would keep the game close, with a score of 60–60. [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. But Los Angeles won the last two, in 1985 and '87. [118] Despite this, West was inconsolable. [41] However, the 76ers defeated the Lakers the following year in the 1983 NBA Finals. The game was known as the "Heat Game", as it was played under 97 °F-heat, and without any air conditioning at the infamous Boston Garden. Prior to Johnson and Bird's arrival, the NBA had gone through a decade of declining interest and low TV ratings. As the series shifted to Los Angeles, the Lakers stifled Pierce and Garnett in Game 3, winning 87–81. In Game 1, the Los Angeles Lakers came away with a 126–113 victory. 1985 NBA Finals. [59] This would prove to be a defining moment of the NBA, a changing of the old guard as the Lakers and Celtics fell into mediocrity, while the Bulls won six titles led by Jordan, Scottie Pippen and coach Phil Jackson, who would cement their respective reputations as the greatest player and coach in NBA history. Boston guard Danny Ainge made 5 out of 6 three-pointers attempted, including a 45-footer as the first half expired. 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.! 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. Rondo would miss his final 3-pointer and the Lakers won Game 7 against the Celtics for the first time in franchise history, clinching their 16th NBA title.[132]. The Celtics win over the Lakers in 1966 marked an unprecedented eight consecutive championships, the longest streak of any North American professional sports team. Crushed by the Houston Rockets in … The Celtics haven't won a title since Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish led them past Houston in 1986. The personal rivalry formed by these two basketball greats during college would transfer to their NBA careers, and reignite the rivalry between the two storied franchises that they came to represent. [38] The following year, behind the "Big Three" of future Hall of Famers Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish, the Celtics won the 1981 NBA Finals against the Houston Rockets. The Celtics’ lead contracted slightly during the ’80s, which some consider the single greatest era in the rivalry. Game 7 was the third most-watched game in NBA history, with 28.2 million viewers (No. The home team won Games 5 and 6 which set up a dramatic seventh game. This was the third straight year in which the L.A. Lakers advanced to the NBA Finals. The Lakers were the defending champions, having beaten the Orlando Magic 4–1 in the 2009 NBA Finals. [80], The Lakers returned to the Finals in 2004 but lost at the hands of the Detroit Pistons. I knew he could play, but I didn't know he could play like this. The 39-point margin of victory was the largest ever in an NBA championship-clinching game, breaking the old record of 33, also set by the Celtics over the Lakers in Game Five of the 1965 NBA Finals, 129–96. During the 1990s, the rivalry died down. [82] Without O'Neal, the Lakers missed the playoffs the following year and failed to advance to the Finals for the next three years.[83][84][85]. Lakers win series 4-2. Who is best pro athlete from every Western Wash. high school? 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. It was a grueling seven-game matchup ultimately won by the Celtics. Dallas Chaparrals vs. New Orleans Buccaneers; San Francisco Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers; Finals. [54], The rivalry was also significant because it drew national attention to the faltering NBA. Kobe Bryant was named Finals MVP for the second straight year. However, they won Game 3 and a buzzer-beater by Sam Jones tied the series up at two games apiece. [46] In Game 3, the Celtics had a 48–38 lead in the second quarter before the Lakers, led by James Worthy, took a 65–59 lead at halftime and then pulled away in the second half to come away with a 136–111 victory. [44] Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would go after Bird later on in the third quarter, and 1981 Finals MVP Cedric Maxwell further antagonized the Lakers by following a missed James Worthy free throw by crossing the lane with his hands around his own neck, symbolizing that Worthy was "choking" under pressure. By contrast, the aging Celtics struggled to obtain the fourth seed, with Russell and Jones playing in their final seasons. Despite having numerous opportunities, the Lakers couldn't get over the hump and Don Nelson would make an incredible foul-line jump-shot which bounced off the back iron and fell in. 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 Lakers won Game 1 102–89, led by Kobe Bryant's 30-point performance. [128] The Lakers would win the game 89–67 and set up an epic Game 7. The Lakers and the Celtics have met 11 times already in the NBA Finals, with Boston winning the first eight meetings, and Los Angeles winning the next two both in the 80s . Minneapolis, led by rookie sensation Elgin Baylor, made the Finals by defeating the defending World Champion St. Louis Hawks. "[79] In 2002, the Celtics, with Pierce and Antoine Walker, made an impressive run for the Finals and the two teams narrowly missed each other. [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. The Celtics' victory in Game 4 was the largest comeback in the NBA Finals since 1971. Jones, who was also a former Celtics player, and two teams finally had their long-awaited rematch in the 1984 NBA Finals,[44] a grueling seven game series that had many memorable moments, including a 137–104 blowout in Game 3 that led Bird to call his Celtic teammates "sissies", the Kevin McHale takedown of Laker forward Kurt Rambis which led to increased physical aggression by both teams, the sweltering heat of the infamously un-airconditioned Boston Garden in Game 5, and Cedric Maxwell's 24-point performance in Game 7. The Celtics have the edge with 17 NBA crowns and the Lakers have 16. In between, the Celtics won in 1981, 1984 and 1986. [118], The Celtics, looking to repeat as NBA Champions, had homecourt advantage for the second year in a row as they finished the regular season with a 63–19 record while the Lakers compiled a 62–20 record. 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). 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. Worthy had 29 points while Abdul-Jabbar had 26 points and 14 rebounds. [48] In Game 2, the Lakers took a 2–0 series lead with a 141–122 victory. New Orleans Buccaneers vs. Pittsburgh Pipers; Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics; 1967-68 Reg. When Magic Johnson won the MVP Finals plum, the following year Larry Bird would snatch the crown. However, the Celtics would close out the series in Game 6 with a dominant 131–92 win. Even though it seems like the Celtics and Lakers met constantly in the Finals during the Bird/Johnson era, they actually only met three times, with the Celtics severely hampered by … [112][113], The Lakers and Celtics would meet the following year in 1963. In Game 6, the Celtics closed out the Lakers in convincing fashion with a 124–109 victory. Game 5 was notable for an impressive Lakers' comeback sending it into overtime, but the Celtics would ultimately win that game. [93] In 2009, the Lakers signed Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace). [46] Michael Cooper had 22 points, making 8 out of 9 field goals attempted. 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. Sports Quiz / 80s Celtics Lakers Finals Random Sports or NBA Quiz Can you click on the members of the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers who played in the 1984, 1985 and/or 1987 NBA Finals? Remarkably, Boston would pull away and entered the fourth quarter up by 18. [22] In a show of good sportsmanship, Bill Russell held West's hand and John Havlicek said: "I love you, Jerry! 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, and two times in 2008 and 2010. This was the largest margin of victory in a deciding Finals game, and would not be broken until 2008, when the Celtics defeated the Lakers once again by a score of 131–92. [78] O'Neal pulled a Boston reporter over and gestured toward his notepad. The Celtics rebounded the following year to win the 1986 NBA Finals against the Rockets. [118], After being eliminated in the Western Conference Finals a year earlier, the Lakers returned to the NBA Finals and were awarded homecourt advantage as they accumulated a 65–17 record while the Celtics finished the season with a 59–23 record. [119] The Celtics defeated the Lakers four games to three. Only the Lakers made an appearance in the NBA Finals that decade, losing the 1991 NBA Finals to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, the first championship in the Bulls' dynasty. The series shifted to Boston with only one full day off for both teams. During the first decade of the NBA in the 1950s, the Minneapolis Lakers had the first NBA dynasty. Boston would win game one. Kobe Bryant exhibited difficulties for much of the game, shooting only 6-for-24 from the field. Cooke then came down to personally order the defiant coach to insert Wilt, but to no avail. The Lakers won 113-99 in a game that saw Steve Nash pass former Lakers star Johnson for fourth on the all-time NBA assist list.[107]. Boston triumphed in Game 7, 111-102. [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]. [97] Likewise, chants of "Beat L.A.!" [92] They went on to win the 2009 NBA Finals that season, but the Celtics were eliminated by eventual Eastern Conference champions Orlando Magic. game in the NBA Finals, and Los Angeles was unable to break the string. Here's what to know. 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. [118], One of the lasting effects on the Lakers–Celtics rivalry was the usage of the famous "Beat L.A.!" 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. "[25], By virtue of a 62–20 record, the Celtics had homecourt advantage over the Lakers who finished the regular season with a 54–28 mark. Boston bested Los Angeles in seven games in the 1984 Finals before the Lakers found redemption by defeating the Celtics, 4-2, in the Finals the following year. A defiant Bill Russell denied that any such thing was going to happen. 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. Common Herd - Crossword Clue, Kandasamys: The Wedding Mp4, Sparkling Wine Glass Size, Perfect Cell Saga, New Braunfels Tubing Season, Honest Kitchen Dog Food Review, Kasi Viswanathan Wiki, Vishwaroopam Watch Online, If If Else, " /> (1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Miami Heat. However, the foundation for the renewed Celtics–Lakers rivalry of the 1980s was actually laid down in college basketball of the late 1970s. The start of the decade saw the Lakers' woes in the NBA Finals continue, with a loss to the New York Knicks in 1970. [74], The Lakers returned to prominence in the early 2000s. [63] Celtics star Reggie Lewis died of a heart attack in his prime in 1993, further marring the team in tragedy since second overall pick Len Bias died of a drug overdose two days after he was drafted in 1986. But while the Celtics were able to return to the playoffs over the next three seasons and even made the Eastern Conference Finals in 2017 and 2018, the Lakers found themselves in a lengthy rebuilding process. 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. [18], This series would also be notable for its future implications in NBA telecasts. The Lakers, meanwhile, went on to win the 1988 NBA Finals against the Detroit Pistons,[49] before losing to the Pistons the following year in 1989,[50] and win titles again in 2000, 2001 and 2002, all while the Celtics wallowed in mediocrity. Game 1 became known as the "Memorial Day Massacre" as the Celtics soundly beat the Lakers 148–114. However, the final game of that series is memorable to the rivalry because Boston fans chanted for the 76ers, who were just about to eliminate their Celtics, to "Beat L.A.! BRIAN MAHONEY, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. erupting in the Staples Center. [47] In the 1987 NBA Finals, the two teams met for a tie-breaker of their 1980s Finals matches, and the Lakers once again emerged victorious in six games, with the iconic image of Johnson's junior sky hook. [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. The Lakers have won 14 championships -- nine in Los Angeles and five in Minneapolis. [114], This was the Boston Celtics' eighth consecutive NBA Championship, a feat unrivaled in North American professional sports. The Lakers' bench had outscored Boston's bench 24–0 entering the fourth quarter. The Celtics' 66–16 record gave them home court advantage over Los Angeles (57–25). "[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. After the game, a Laker fan threw a beer at Celtics guard M.L. Three of those series (1962, 1966, and 1969) went seven games. [19] The Celtics would win the series in Game 5 with a 129–96 victory over the Lakers. Bryant helped the Lakers win three consecutive titles from 2000-02, and they fell short of another with a loss to the Pistons in 2004. [10] The Celtics would emerge behind early NBA star Bob Cousy by winning the 1957 NBA Finals[11] and losing in 1958. [108] This marked the first of Boston's record eight straight titles. In 2008 the two teams met in the NBA Finals for the first time since 1987, with the Celtics winning the series 4–2. [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. [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. It was a seesaw, give-and-take contest. Magic said of the games against the Celtics, "when the new schedule would come out each year, I'd grab it and circle the Boston games. [45], 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. [21], With Bill Russell and Sam Jones in their final season, and plagued with injuries, the Celtics struggled to make the NBA playoffs as the fourth and final seed in the Eastern Conference. [18], The Celtics would make their ninth straight appearance in the NBA Finals and face the Lakers for the fourth time. chant, sung by fans in opposing arenas whenever a Los Angeles-based team plays in their home venue. Magic Johnson had 29 points, 13 assists, and 8 rebounds, while James Worthy had 33 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds. The Celtics and the Lakers are the two most storied franchises in the NBA, and the rivalry has often been called the greatest in the NBA. [46] In Game 5, the Lakers raced out to a 64–51 lead and stretched it to 89–72 before the Celtics cut the deficit to 101–97 with six minutes remaining. However the Celtics would hold on to win 108-102, taking the commanding 2–0 series lead. 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. [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. This was the eighth meeting between the Celtics and the Lakers in the NBA Finals, with Boston having won the previous seven. [22], After losing the first two games in the Forum in L.A., no one thought Boston would even pull out a victory. With the disbanding of Boston's Big Three, and anticipated changes to the Lakers' roster, some believe that the 2011–12 NBA season was the last chapter of the current Celtics–Lakers rivalry. Season Summary In Game 6, the Lakers were led by Abdul-Jabbar who scored 29 points as the Lakers defeated the Celtics 111–100. https://www.sportskeeda.com/basketball/5-biggest-rivals-la-lakers-ranked [45] "[24] Before the game, the Celtics circulated in their locker room a memo about the Lakers' celebration plans. 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. [81] Thereafter, O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat. Seven of the Lakers’ finals losses during that stretch were against the Celtics. Awaiting the Celtics were the powerful Los Angeles Lakers who had a nucleus of Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and newly acquired Wilt Chamberlain. The Celtics would again defeat the Lakers. Sure enough, despite several close games, including the decisive game only having a three-point differential once again, the Celtics would only require six games to close out the Lakers this time. [117], Boston played tough through the first half and would keep the game close, with a score of 60–60. [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. But Los Angeles won the last two, in 1985 and '87. [118] Despite this, West was inconsolable. [41] However, the 76ers defeated the Lakers the following year in the 1983 NBA Finals. The game was known as the "Heat Game", as it was played under 97 °F-heat, and without any air conditioning at the infamous Boston Garden. Prior to Johnson and Bird's arrival, the NBA had gone through a decade of declining interest and low TV ratings. As the series shifted to Los Angeles, the Lakers stifled Pierce and Garnett in Game 3, winning 87–81. In Game 1, the Los Angeles Lakers came away with a 126–113 victory. 1985 NBA Finals. [59] This would prove to be a defining moment of the NBA, a changing of the old guard as the Lakers and Celtics fell into mediocrity, while the Bulls won six titles led by Jordan, Scottie Pippen and coach Phil Jackson, who would cement their respective reputations as the greatest player and coach in NBA history. Boston guard Danny Ainge made 5 out of 6 three-pointers attempted, including a 45-footer as the first half expired. 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.! 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. Rondo would miss his final 3-pointer and the Lakers won Game 7 against the Celtics for the first time in franchise history, clinching their 16th NBA title.[132]. The Celtics win over the Lakers in 1966 marked an unprecedented eight consecutive championships, the longest streak of any North American professional sports team. Crushed by the Houston Rockets in … The Celtics haven't won a title since Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish led them past Houston in 1986. The personal rivalry formed by these two basketball greats during college would transfer to their NBA careers, and reignite the rivalry between the two storied franchises that they came to represent. [38] The following year, behind the "Big Three" of future Hall of Famers Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish, the Celtics won the 1981 NBA Finals against the Houston Rockets. The Celtics’ lead contracted slightly during the ’80s, which some consider the single greatest era in the rivalry. Game 7 was the third most-watched game in NBA history, with 28.2 million viewers (No. The home team won Games 5 and 6 which set up a dramatic seventh game. This was the third straight year in which the L.A. Lakers advanced to the NBA Finals. The Lakers were the defending champions, having beaten the Orlando Magic 4–1 in the 2009 NBA Finals. [80], The Lakers returned to the Finals in 2004 but lost at the hands of the Detroit Pistons. I knew he could play, but I didn't know he could play like this. The 39-point margin of victory was the largest ever in an NBA championship-clinching game, breaking the old record of 33, also set by the Celtics over the Lakers in Game Five of the 1965 NBA Finals, 129–96. During the 1990s, the rivalry died down. [82] Without O'Neal, the Lakers missed the playoffs the following year and failed to advance to the Finals for the next three years.[83][84][85]. Lakers win series 4-2. Who is best pro athlete from every Western Wash. high school? 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. It was a grueling seven-game matchup ultimately won by the Celtics. Dallas Chaparrals vs. New Orleans Buccaneers; San Francisco Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers; Finals. [54], The rivalry was also significant because it drew national attention to the faltering NBA. Kobe Bryant was named Finals MVP for the second straight year. However, they won Game 3 and a buzzer-beater by Sam Jones tied the series up at two games apiece. [46] In Game 3, the Celtics had a 48–38 lead in the second quarter before the Lakers, led by James Worthy, took a 65–59 lead at halftime and then pulled away in the second half to come away with a 136–111 victory. [44] Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would go after Bird later on in the third quarter, and 1981 Finals MVP Cedric Maxwell further antagonized the Lakers by following a missed James Worthy free throw by crossing the lane with his hands around his own neck, symbolizing that Worthy was "choking" under pressure. By contrast, the aging Celtics struggled to obtain the fourth seed, with Russell and Jones playing in their final seasons. Despite having numerous opportunities, the Lakers couldn't get over the hump and Don Nelson would make an incredible foul-line jump-shot which bounced off the back iron and fell in. 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 Lakers won Game 1 102–89, led by Kobe Bryant's 30-point performance. [128] The Lakers would win the game 89–67 and set up an epic Game 7. The Lakers and the Celtics have met 11 times already in the NBA Finals, with Boston winning the first eight meetings, and Los Angeles winning the next two both in the 80s . Minneapolis, led by rookie sensation Elgin Baylor, made the Finals by defeating the defending World Champion St. Louis Hawks. "[79] In 2002, the Celtics, with Pierce and Antoine Walker, made an impressive run for the Finals and the two teams narrowly missed each other. [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. The Celtics' victory in Game 4 was the largest comeback in the NBA Finals since 1971. Jones, who was also a former Celtics player, and two teams finally had their long-awaited rematch in the 1984 NBA Finals,[44] a grueling seven game series that had many memorable moments, including a 137–104 blowout in Game 3 that led Bird to call his Celtic teammates "sissies", the Kevin McHale takedown of Laker forward Kurt Rambis which led to increased physical aggression by both teams, the sweltering heat of the infamously un-airconditioned Boston Garden in Game 5, and Cedric Maxwell's 24-point performance in Game 7. The Celtics have the edge with 17 NBA crowns and the Lakers have 16. In between, the Celtics won in 1981, 1984 and 1986. [118], The Celtics, looking to repeat as NBA Champions, had homecourt advantage for the second year in a row as they finished the regular season with a 63–19 record while the Lakers compiled a 62–20 record. 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). 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. Worthy had 29 points while Abdul-Jabbar had 26 points and 14 rebounds. [48] In Game 2, the Lakers took a 2–0 series lead with a 141–122 victory. New Orleans Buccaneers vs. Pittsburgh Pipers; Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics; 1967-68 Reg. When Magic Johnson won the MVP Finals plum, the following year Larry Bird would snatch the crown. However, the Celtics would close out the series in Game 6 with a dominant 131–92 win. Even though it seems like the Celtics and Lakers met constantly in the Finals during the Bird/Johnson era, they actually only met three times, with the Celtics severely hampered by … [112][113], The Lakers and Celtics would meet the following year in 1963. In Game 6, the Celtics closed out the Lakers in convincing fashion with a 124–109 victory. Game 5 was notable for an impressive Lakers' comeback sending it into overtime, but the Celtics would ultimately win that game. [93] In 2009, the Lakers signed Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace). [46] Michael Cooper had 22 points, making 8 out of 9 field goals attempted. 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. Sports Quiz / 80s Celtics Lakers Finals Random Sports or NBA Quiz Can you click on the members of the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers who played in the 1984, 1985 and/or 1987 NBA Finals? Remarkably, Boston would pull away and entered the fourth quarter up by 18. [22] In a show of good sportsmanship, Bill Russell held West's hand and John Havlicek said: "I love you, Jerry! 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, and two times in 2008 and 2010. This was the largest margin of victory in a deciding Finals game, and would not be broken until 2008, when the Celtics defeated the Lakers once again by a score of 131–92. [78] O'Neal pulled a Boston reporter over and gestured toward his notepad. The Celtics rebounded the following year to win the 1986 NBA Finals against the Rockets. [118], After being eliminated in the Western Conference Finals a year earlier, the Lakers returned to the NBA Finals and were awarded homecourt advantage as they accumulated a 65–17 record while the Celtics finished the season with a 59–23 record. [119] The Celtics defeated the Lakers four games to three. Only the Lakers made an appearance in the NBA Finals that decade, losing the 1991 NBA Finals to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, the first championship in the Bulls' dynasty. The series shifted to Boston with only one full day off for both teams. During the first decade of the NBA in the 1950s, the Minneapolis Lakers had the first NBA dynasty. Boston would win game one. Kobe Bryant exhibited difficulties for much of the game, shooting only 6-for-24 from the field. Cooke then came down to personally order the defiant coach to insert Wilt, but to no avail. The Lakers won 113-99 in a game that saw Steve Nash pass former Lakers star Johnson for fourth on the all-time NBA assist list.[107]. Boston triumphed in Game 7, 111-102. [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]. [97] Likewise, chants of "Beat L.A.!" [92] They went on to win the 2009 NBA Finals that season, but the Celtics were eliminated by eventual Eastern Conference champions Orlando Magic. game in the NBA Finals, and Los Angeles was unable to break the string. Here's what to know. 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. [118], One of the lasting effects on the Lakers–Celtics rivalry was the usage of the famous "Beat L.A.!" 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. "[25], By virtue of a 62–20 record, the Celtics had homecourt advantage over the Lakers who finished the regular season with a 54–28 mark. Boston bested Los Angeles in seven games in the 1984 Finals before the Lakers found redemption by defeating the Celtics, 4-2, in the Finals the following year. A defiant Bill Russell denied that any such thing was going to happen. 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. Common Herd - Crossword Clue, Kandasamys: The Wedding Mp4, Sparkling Wine Glass Size, Perfect Cell Saga, New Braunfels Tubing Season, Honest Kitchen Dog Food Review, Kasi Viswanathan Wiki, Vishwaroopam Watch Online, If If Else, " />

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Los Angeles brought back Derek Fisher, Bryant's teammate on the previous championship teams, then pulled off a major trade during the season by acquiring Pau Gasol from Memphis. Similarly, Bird said that, "the first thing I would do every morning was look at the box scores to see what Magic did. 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 "[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. [16] The Lakers would be the Celtics opponent in six of those series: 1962,[17] 1963,[18] 1965,[19] 1966,[20] 1968,[21] and 1969. They upset the 76ers in the first round and postponed New York's finals appearance for another year. 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. 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. [23] The Lakers posted the best record in the West during the 1968–1969 season. The Celtics won Game 1, and the two teams would alternate victories through Game 5. The 1968 Eastern Division Finals rematch between the Celtics and the 76ers, which started on April 21, was marred by the April 4 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., but the decision was made not to delay the series. [31] They would not make it to the Finals again in this decade, but in 1975 they acquired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.[32]. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, Boston's three All-Stars, are all in the Finals for the first time. As of the end of the 2019–20 season, Boston is the only team with a winning overall record against the Lakers.[3]. [114] Paul Pierce was named Finals MVP. [64][65][66][67][68] In 1994, neither the Lakers nor the Celtics made the playoffs, marking the first time in the history of the NBA that both teams missed the playoffs in the same season. It can never again be said that 'the Lakers have never beaten the Celtics'". [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. Los Angeles Lakers 4. Brown died during the season, and Red Auerbach led the team back to the Finals with his first Coach of the Year award. [53] Despite their on the court rivalry, the two became friends after filming the commercial together. The Lakers - Celtics duel is one of sport’s most celebrated. 2020 NBA Finals > (1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Miami Heat. However, the foundation for the renewed Celtics–Lakers rivalry of the 1980s was actually laid down in college basketball of the late 1970s. The start of the decade saw the Lakers' woes in the NBA Finals continue, with a loss to the New York Knicks in 1970. [74], The Lakers returned to prominence in the early 2000s. [63] Celtics star Reggie Lewis died of a heart attack in his prime in 1993, further marring the team in tragedy since second overall pick Len Bias died of a drug overdose two days after he was drafted in 1986. But while the Celtics were able to return to the playoffs over the next three seasons and even made the Eastern Conference Finals in 2017 and 2018, the Lakers found themselves in a lengthy rebuilding process. 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. [18], This series would also be notable for its future implications in NBA telecasts. The Lakers, meanwhile, went on to win the 1988 NBA Finals against the Detroit Pistons,[49] before losing to the Pistons the following year in 1989,[50] and win titles again in 2000, 2001 and 2002, all while the Celtics wallowed in mediocrity. Game 1 became known as the "Memorial Day Massacre" as the Celtics soundly beat the Lakers 148–114. However, the final game of that series is memorable to the rivalry because Boston fans chanted for the 76ers, who were just about to eliminate their Celtics, to "Beat L.A.! BRIAN MAHONEY, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. erupting in the Staples Center. [47] In the 1987 NBA Finals, the two teams met for a tie-breaker of their 1980s Finals matches, and the Lakers once again emerged victorious in six games, with the iconic image of Johnson's junior sky hook. [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. The Lakers have won 14 championships -- nine in Los Angeles and five in Minneapolis. [114], This was the Boston Celtics' eighth consecutive NBA Championship, a feat unrivaled in North American professional sports. The Lakers' bench had outscored Boston's bench 24–0 entering the fourth quarter. The Celtics' 66–16 record gave them home court advantage over Los Angeles (57–25). "[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. After the game, a Laker fan threw a beer at Celtics guard M.L. Three of those series (1962, 1966, and 1969) went seven games. [19] The Celtics would win the series in Game 5 with a 129–96 victory over the Lakers. Bryant helped the Lakers win three consecutive titles from 2000-02, and they fell short of another with a loss to the Pistons in 2004. [10] The Celtics would emerge behind early NBA star Bob Cousy by winning the 1957 NBA Finals[11] and losing in 1958. [108] This marked the first of Boston's record eight straight titles. In 2008 the two teams met in the NBA Finals for the first time since 1987, with the Celtics winning the series 4–2. [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. [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. It was a seesaw, give-and-take contest. Magic said of the games against the Celtics, "when the new schedule would come out each year, I'd grab it and circle the Boston games. [45], 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. [21], With Bill Russell and Sam Jones in their final season, and plagued with injuries, the Celtics struggled to make the NBA playoffs as the fourth and final seed in the Eastern Conference. [18], The Celtics would make their ninth straight appearance in the NBA Finals and face the Lakers for the fourth time. chant, sung by fans in opposing arenas whenever a Los Angeles-based team plays in their home venue. Magic Johnson had 29 points, 13 assists, and 8 rebounds, while James Worthy had 33 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds. The Celtics and the Lakers are the two most storied franchises in the NBA, and the rivalry has often been called the greatest in the NBA. [46] In Game 5, the Lakers raced out to a 64–51 lead and stretched it to 89–72 before the Celtics cut the deficit to 101–97 with six minutes remaining. However the Celtics would hold on to win 108-102, taking the commanding 2–0 series lead. 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. [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. This was the eighth meeting between the Celtics and the Lakers in the NBA Finals, with Boston having won the previous seven. [22], After losing the first two games in the Forum in L.A., no one thought Boston would even pull out a victory. With the disbanding of Boston's Big Three, and anticipated changes to the Lakers' roster, some believe that the 2011–12 NBA season was the last chapter of the current Celtics–Lakers rivalry. Season Summary In Game 6, the Lakers were led by Abdul-Jabbar who scored 29 points as the Lakers defeated the Celtics 111–100. https://www.sportskeeda.com/basketball/5-biggest-rivals-la-lakers-ranked [45] "[24] Before the game, the Celtics circulated in their locker room a memo about the Lakers' celebration plans. 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. [81] Thereafter, O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat. Seven of the Lakers’ finals losses during that stretch were against the Celtics. Awaiting the Celtics were the powerful Los Angeles Lakers who had a nucleus of Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and newly acquired Wilt Chamberlain. The Celtics would again defeat the Lakers. Sure enough, despite several close games, including the decisive game only having a three-point differential once again, the Celtics would only require six games to close out the Lakers this time. [117], Boston played tough through the first half and would keep the game close, with a score of 60–60. [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. But Los Angeles won the last two, in 1985 and '87. [118] Despite this, West was inconsolable. [41] However, the 76ers defeated the Lakers the following year in the 1983 NBA Finals. The game was known as the "Heat Game", as it was played under 97 °F-heat, and without any air conditioning at the infamous Boston Garden. Prior to Johnson and Bird's arrival, the NBA had gone through a decade of declining interest and low TV ratings. As the series shifted to Los Angeles, the Lakers stifled Pierce and Garnett in Game 3, winning 87–81. In Game 1, the Los Angeles Lakers came away with a 126–113 victory. 1985 NBA Finals. [59] This would prove to be a defining moment of the NBA, a changing of the old guard as the Lakers and Celtics fell into mediocrity, while the Bulls won six titles led by Jordan, Scottie Pippen and coach Phil Jackson, who would cement their respective reputations as the greatest player and coach in NBA history. Boston guard Danny Ainge made 5 out of 6 three-pointers attempted, including a 45-footer as the first half expired. 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.! 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. Rondo would miss his final 3-pointer and the Lakers won Game 7 against the Celtics for the first time in franchise history, clinching their 16th NBA title.[132]. The Celtics win over the Lakers in 1966 marked an unprecedented eight consecutive championships, the longest streak of any North American professional sports team. Crushed by the Houston Rockets in … The Celtics haven't won a title since Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish led them past Houston in 1986. The personal rivalry formed by these two basketball greats during college would transfer to their NBA careers, and reignite the rivalry between the two storied franchises that they came to represent. [38] The following year, behind the "Big Three" of future Hall of Famers Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish, the Celtics won the 1981 NBA Finals against the Houston Rockets. The Celtics’ lead contracted slightly during the ’80s, which some consider the single greatest era in the rivalry. Game 7 was the third most-watched game in NBA history, with 28.2 million viewers (No. The home team won Games 5 and 6 which set up a dramatic seventh game. This was the third straight year in which the L.A. Lakers advanced to the NBA Finals. The Lakers were the defending champions, having beaten the Orlando Magic 4–1 in the 2009 NBA Finals. [80], The Lakers returned to the Finals in 2004 but lost at the hands of the Detroit Pistons. I knew he could play, but I didn't know he could play like this. The 39-point margin of victory was the largest ever in an NBA championship-clinching game, breaking the old record of 33, also set by the Celtics over the Lakers in Game Five of the 1965 NBA Finals, 129–96. During the 1990s, the rivalry died down. [82] Without O'Neal, the Lakers missed the playoffs the following year and failed to advance to the Finals for the next three years.[83][84][85]. Lakers win series 4-2. Who is best pro athlete from every Western Wash. high school? 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. It was a grueling seven-game matchup ultimately won by the Celtics. Dallas Chaparrals vs. New Orleans Buccaneers; San Francisco Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers; Finals. [54], The rivalry was also significant because it drew national attention to the faltering NBA. Kobe Bryant was named Finals MVP for the second straight year. However, they won Game 3 and a buzzer-beater by Sam Jones tied the series up at two games apiece. [46] In Game 3, the Celtics had a 48–38 lead in the second quarter before the Lakers, led by James Worthy, took a 65–59 lead at halftime and then pulled away in the second half to come away with a 136–111 victory. [44] Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would go after Bird later on in the third quarter, and 1981 Finals MVP Cedric Maxwell further antagonized the Lakers by following a missed James Worthy free throw by crossing the lane with his hands around his own neck, symbolizing that Worthy was "choking" under pressure. By contrast, the aging Celtics struggled to obtain the fourth seed, with Russell and Jones playing in their final seasons. Despite having numerous opportunities, the Lakers couldn't get over the hump and Don Nelson would make an incredible foul-line jump-shot which bounced off the back iron and fell in. 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 Lakers won Game 1 102–89, led by Kobe Bryant's 30-point performance. [128] The Lakers would win the game 89–67 and set up an epic Game 7. The Lakers and the Celtics have met 11 times already in the NBA Finals, with Boston winning the first eight meetings, and Los Angeles winning the next two both in the 80s . Minneapolis, led by rookie sensation Elgin Baylor, made the Finals by defeating the defending World Champion St. Louis Hawks. "[79] In 2002, the Celtics, with Pierce and Antoine Walker, made an impressive run for the Finals and the two teams narrowly missed each other. [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. The Celtics' victory in Game 4 was the largest comeback in the NBA Finals since 1971. Jones, who was also a former Celtics player, and two teams finally had their long-awaited rematch in the 1984 NBA Finals,[44] a grueling seven game series that had many memorable moments, including a 137–104 blowout in Game 3 that led Bird to call his Celtic teammates "sissies", the Kevin McHale takedown of Laker forward Kurt Rambis which led to increased physical aggression by both teams, the sweltering heat of the infamously un-airconditioned Boston Garden in Game 5, and Cedric Maxwell's 24-point performance in Game 7. The Celtics have the edge with 17 NBA crowns and the Lakers have 16. In between, the Celtics won in 1981, 1984 and 1986. [118], The Celtics, looking to repeat as NBA Champions, had homecourt advantage for the second year in a row as they finished the regular season with a 63–19 record while the Lakers compiled a 62–20 record. 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). 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. Worthy had 29 points while Abdul-Jabbar had 26 points and 14 rebounds. [48] In Game 2, the Lakers took a 2–0 series lead with a 141–122 victory. New Orleans Buccaneers vs. Pittsburgh Pipers; Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics; 1967-68 Reg. When Magic Johnson won the MVP Finals plum, the following year Larry Bird would snatch the crown. However, the Celtics would close out the series in Game 6 with a dominant 131–92 win. Even though it seems like the Celtics and Lakers met constantly in the Finals during the Bird/Johnson era, they actually only met three times, with the Celtics severely hampered by … [112][113], The Lakers and Celtics would meet the following year in 1963. In Game 6, the Celtics closed out the Lakers in convincing fashion with a 124–109 victory. Game 5 was notable for an impressive Lakers' comeback sending it into overtime, but the Celtics would ultimately win that game. [93] In 2009, the Lakers signed Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace). [46] Michael Cooper had 22 points, making 8 out of 9 field goals attempted. 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. Sports Quiz / 80s Celtics Lakers Finals Random Sports or NBA Quiz Can you click on the members of the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers who played in the 1984, 1985 and/or 1987 NBA Finals? Remarkably, Boston would pull away and entered the fourth quarter up by 18. [22] In a show of good sportsmanship, Bill Russell held West's hand and John Havlicek said: "I love you, Jerry! 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, and two times in 2008 and 2010. This was the largest margin of victory in a deciding Finals game, and would not be broken until 2008, when the Celtics defeated the Lakers once again by a score of 131–92. [78] O'Neal pulled a Boston reporter over and gestured toward his notepad. The Celtics rebounded the following year to win the 1986 NBA Finals against the Rockets. [118], After being eliminated in the Western Conference Finals a year earlier, the Lakers returned to the NBA Finals and were awarded homecourt advantage as they accumulated a 65–17 record while the Celtics finished the season with a 59–23 record. [119] The Celtics defeated the Lakers four games to three. Only the Lakers made an appearance in the NBA Finals that decade, losing the 1991 NBA Finals to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, the first championship in the Bulls' dynasty. The series shifted to Boston with only one full day off for both teams. During the first decade of the NBA in the 1950s, the Minneapolis Lakers had the first NBA dynasty. Boston would win game one. Kobe Bryant exhibited difficulties for much of the game, shooting only 6-for-24 from the field. Cooke then came down to personally order the defiant coach to insert Wilt, but to no avail. The Lakers won 113-99 in a game that saw Steve Nash pass former Lakers star Johnson for fourth on the all-time NBA assist list.[107]. Boston triumphed in Game 7, 111-102. [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]. [97] Likewise, chants of "Beat L.A.!" [92] They went on to win the 2009 NBA Finals that season, but the Celtics were eliminated by eventual Eastern Conference champions Orlando Magic. game in the NBA Finals, and Los Angeles was unable to break the string. Here's what to know. 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. [118], One of the lasting effects on the Lakers–Celtics rivalry was the usage of the famous "Beat L.A.!" 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. "[25], By virtue of a 62–20 record, the Celtics had homecourt advantage over the Lakers who finished the regular season with a 54–28 mark. Boston bested Los Angeles in seven games in the 1984 Finals before the Lakers found redemption by defeating the Celtics, 4-2, in the Finals the following year. A defiant Bill Russell denied that any such thing was going to happen. 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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