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 Los Angeles Lakers of the Western Convention and the Eastern Conference’s Detroit Pistons; home court advantage was held by the Lakers. The show was played under a best-of-seven format.
Although the Lakers, headed by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, were considered the favorites that were heavy, the Pistons handily won the series in five games. This win marked the Pistons’ fifth win as a franchise as well as its first title since the 1990-1991 NBA period fifteen decades. The series featured the underdog Pistons, controlling a Lakers team composed of four Hall of Famers.
Pistons’ owner William Davidson became the first owner in American sports history to win two championships in one calendar year; eight days before, 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 in 2003 to finish their series at three. The Spurs beat the Lakers in 6 matches.
The Lakers made changes. Needing to discover a point guard and a power forward 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 give both veterans their first championship ring. The Lakers were considered the favorites to win the NBA title.
During the regular season, after beginning the year 18—3, the Lakers were suffering from numerous injuries and stumbled to a 56—26 record to finish the season with the second seed in the Western Conference.
The Lakers breezed past their first-round competition, the Houston Rockets, headlining a matchup between Shaquille O’Neal and a youthful Yao Ming, beating the group 4-1 but then lost the first two games in their series against the Spurs prior to a dramatic comeback that saw them triumph 4—two. [3] Subsequently , they confronted league MVP Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Lakers won the series 4—two. [4]

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