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

2010 NBA Finals: Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers

It took 21 years for the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers to once again meet in the NBA finals, with the Celtics behind Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett polishing off their rivals four games to two in the 2008 NBA finals. Locked and reloaded, however, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers would storm back to win the league’s crown in 2009. And when the teams met again in 2010, Kobe made sure this time was different. Bryant averaged 28.6 points per game, capturing his second consecutive NBA finals MVP in leading L.A. to a thrilling seven-game series over Boston Kobe’s fifth ring, and arguably sweetest victory yet. (Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) 

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