Best NBA Finals Rematches

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  • Magic Johnson, Lakers Celtics, 1987 NBA Finals, Larry Bird
  • Seattle SuperSonics, Washington Bullets, Wes Unseld, Lenny Wilkens, Dennis Johnson
  • Kobe Bryant, Lakers Celtics, 2010 NBA Finals, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett
  • Willis Reed, Wilt Chamberlain, Knicks Lakers, NBA Finals
  • Bill Russell, Celtics Lakers
  • Tim Duncan, LeBron James, Spurs Heat, NBA Finals
  • Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Bulls Jazz, 1998 NBA Finals

1966 NBA Finals: Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers

Scoring a dominant 4-1 series win over the Lakers in the 1965 NBA finals, Bill Russell and the Celtics were put to the test again the following year. That's because Jerry West and the Lakers would give the Celtics everything they could handle, but in the end, Russell wouldn't let them lose as Boston pulled out a seven-game series win in the rematch. They don't call him the ringmaster for nothing. (Photo: Robert Riger/Getty Images)

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