Best NBA Finals Rematches

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  • Tim Duncan, LeBron James, Spurs Heat, NBA Finals
  • Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Bulls Jazz, 1998 NBA Finals
  • 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

1998 NBA Finals: Chicago BullsUtah Jazz

After losing to the Chicago Bulls in the 1997 NBA finals, Karl Malone, and his Utah Jazz teammates, came roaring back the following year with a chip on his shoulder. After a brilliant 62-20 regular season campaign, the Jazz rumbled through the Western Conference and found themselves once again with Michael Jordan standing in their way. The Jazz even took care of business, standing pat on their home court for a 2-0 series lead. But after taking a 42-point thrashing by the Bulls in Game 3, the Jazz just couldn’t recover. Jordan led the Bulls to a series sweep the rest of the way through, capping Game 6 by stripping Malone of the ball, driving the length of the court and pulling up for a 20-foot jumper in what was supposed to be the last shot of his career. "The Last Shot" gave the Bulls a one-point lead with 5.2 seconds left — enough for them to win their sixth championship in eight years. Mess with the Bulls in a rematch, get the horns again.  (Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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