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2004 NBA Finals

The 2004 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2003–04 National Basketball Association season.

This Finals was contested between the Eastern Conference’s Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Lakers of the Western Conference; the Lakers held home court advantage. The show was performed under a best-of-seven format.
Though the Lakers, headed by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, were believed the heavy favorites, the Pistons conveniently won the series in five matches. This win marked the Pistons’ fifth triumph as a franchise as well as its first name since the 1990-1991 NBA season fifteen decades. The series ultimately featured the perceived underdog Pistons, dominating a Lakers team composed of four future Hall of Famers.
Pistons’ owner William Davidson became the first owner in American sports history to win two championships in 1 calendar year; eight days earlier, the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League had won the Stanley Cup Finals in seven games over the Calgary Flames.
The Lakers had won three consecutive championships from 2000 to 2002, but lost to the eventual champions, the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals at 2003 to finish their streak at three. The Spurs beat the Lakers in 6 games.
With originally varying consequences, significant changes were made by the Lakers, in the 2003 offseason. Hoping to discover a point guard and a power forwards to defend against Tim Duncan and the Spurs, the Lakers signed veteran stars Gary Payton and Karl Malone for well below market value; they also hoped to provide both veterans their first tournament ring. The Lakers were later considered the favorites to win the NBA title.
Throughout the regular season, after starting the year 18–3, the Lakers were afflicted by numerous injuries and stumbled to a 56–26 record to finish the season with the second seed in the Western Conference.
The Lakers breezed beyond their ancestral opponent, the Houston Rockets, headlining a matchup between Shaquille O’Neal and a youthful Yao Ming, beating the squad 4-1 but then dropped the first two matches in their series against the Spurs before a dramatic comeback which saw them triumph 4–2. [3] Subsequently , they faced league MVP Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Lakers won the series 4–2. [4]

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