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

1972 NBA Finals: Los Angeles LakersNew York Knicks

Wilt Chamberlain and the Lakers had a bad taste in their mouths following a seven-game 1970 NBA finals loss to Willis Reed and the New York Knicks, giving them their first title in franchise history. That started a rivalry over the next few years, with Chamberlain leading the Lakers to a 4-1 series win over the Knicks in 1972 and Reed roaring back to return the favor with a 4-1 Knicks victory over the Lakers in the 1973 NBA finals. Anything you can do, I can do better — coast-to-coast style. Nothing like a little rematch redemption. (Photo: Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

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