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

SpursHeat Ready for Rematch

Every sports fan loves a good rematch — especially in the NBA finals with the league’s title on the line. For the first time since 1998, when Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to the league’s crown with a win over the Utah Jazz in the second straight year, the NBA finals is a rematch. Standing in LeBron James and the Miami Heat’s way of a three-peat is the San Antonio Spurs, led by Tim Duncan, who seeks his fifth ring. The usually reserved Duncan even added intrigue to the rematch, recently stating, “We’ve got four more to win” and “We’ll do it this time.” To which James retorted, telling ESPN: "They don't like us, they don't. I can sense it from Timmy's comments over the last couple of days. They wanted this, they wanted us and we'll be ready for the challenge." And we’ll be ready to watch. In lieu of the Spurs-Heat NBA finals rematch, with Game 1 tipping off Thursday night, takes a look back at some classic finals rematches. From the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz in 1998 to the seemingly countless times the Boston Celtics met the Los Angeles Lakers. (Photos from left: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images, Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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