Celtics–Lakers rivalry

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The Celtics–Lakers rivalry is a National Basketball Association (NBA) rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers.wikipedia
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The Celtics–Lakers rivalry is a National Basketball Association (NBA) rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Celtics have a notable rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers, who have won 16 NBA championships, second behind the Celtics.

Los Angeles Lakers

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The Celtics–Lakers rivalry is a National Basketball Association (NBA) rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Led by Hall of Famers Elgin Baylor and Jerry West, Los Angeles made the NBA Finals six times in the 1960s, but lost each series to the Celtics, beginning their long and storied rivalry.

List of NBA champions

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Together, they account for 33 of the 72 championships in NBA history.
The Boston Celtics and the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers alone own almost half of the titles, having won a combined 33 of 73 championships.

2010 NBA Finals

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They met again in the 2010 NBA Finals, which the Lakers won in 7 games.
This was the 12th Finals played between the two rival teams.

76ers–Celtics rivalry

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The Lakers acquired Wilt Chamberlain in 1968, which brought the personal rivalry between him and Bill Russell, previously a feature of the Celtics-76ers rivalry, to Celtics-Lakers.
The 76ers are considered to be the Celtics' second greatest rival, after the Los Angeles Lakers.

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The Celtics–Lakers rivalry is a National Basketball Association (NBA) rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The 2008 Finals saw a rematch of the league's highest profile rivalry, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, with the Celtics winning, for their 17th championship, thanks to their new big three of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett.

Jerry West

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The two teams emerged as the strongest in the NBA, featuring greats such as Bill Russell, Tom Heinsohn, John Havlicek, Sam Jones and head coach Red Auerbach for Boston and Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Gail Goodrich, and coach/GM Fred Schaus for Los Angeles.
The 1962 NBA finals would serve as the beginning of the greatest rivalry in NBA history

1987 NBA Finals

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In the 1987 NBA Finals, the two teams met for a tie-breaker of their 1980s Finals matches, and the Lakers once again emerged victorious in six games, with the iconic image of Magic Johnson's junior sky hook.
This was the tenth time that the Celtics and Lakers met in the NBA Finals (more than any other Finals matchup).

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The following year, behind the "Big Three" of future Hall of Famers Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish, the Celtics won the 1981 NBA Finals against the Houston Rockets.
Boston captured its second straight Eastern Conference title but was upended in the NBA Finals in six games by the rival Lakers.

2008 NBA Finals

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The Lakers also returned to the Finals with the help of the mid-season acquisition of Pau Gasol, and the two teams finally met again in the 2008 NBA Finals.
The two most successful teams in NBA history looked to renew a longstanding rivalry 21 years after their last Finals meeting in 1987.

2002 NBA playoffs

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However, the Celtics eventually fell in six games to the New Jersey Nets in that year's Eastern Conference Finals.
Though they eventually lost to the Nets 4–2 (preventing a Celtics–Lakers NBA Finals), they did create the biggest 4th quarter playoff comeback in Game 3, winning 94–90 after trailing by as much as 21 prior to the fourth quarter.

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Only the Lakers made an appearance in the NBA Finals that decade, losing the 1991 NBA Finals to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, the first championship in the Bulls' dynasty.
The media, hoping to recreate a Magic–Bird rivalry, highlighted the similarities between "Air" Jordan and Clyde "The Glide" during the pre-Finals hype.

1980 NBA Finals

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The Showtime Lakers struck the first blow, winning the 1980 NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Proving the prognosticators right, Philadelphia won in five games, preventing the first Celtics–Lakers final since 1969.

Showtime (basketball)

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The Showtime Lakers struck the first blow, winning the 1980 NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Lakers in 1985 won their first championship in nine meetings against the Boston Celtics, and again defeated their rivals for the title in 1987.

2017–18 NBA season

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As of the end of the 2017–18 season, Boston is the only team with a winning overall record against the Lakers.

National Basketball Association Christmas games

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The next season, the Lakers and Celtics played a regular season game on Christmas Day.
Since, each Christmas has featured games involving either the Celtics or the Lakers, with both teams playing on the holiday in and every year since.

Wilt Chamberlain

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The Lakers acquired Wilt Chamberlain in 1968, which brought the personal rivalry between him and Bill Russell, previously a feature of the Celtics-76ers rivalry, to Celtics-Lakers.
There were three NBA Finals matchups in the rivalry between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, but they played different positions and did not guard each other.

1985 NBA Finals

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The following year, the Lakers finally had their revenge, winning the 1985 NBA Finals by taking Game 6 in Boston Garden, becoming the only visiting team to win an NBA championship in that arena.
Before Boston's 131–92 victory over the Lakers in Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals, this was the most lopsided finals game in the history of the Celtics–Lakers rivalry.

1983 NBA Finals

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However, the 76ers defeated the Lakers the following year in the 1983 NBA Finals.
The Lakers would return to the Finals again in, but were defeated for the second straight year, this time by their arch-rivals, the Boston Celtics in seven games.

Shaq–Kobe feud

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The Celtics signed Shaquille O'Neal for the 2010–2011 season to replace the injured Kendrick Perkins, adding to the rivalry by bringing the Shaq-Kobe feud to the Celtics-Lakers.
The game registered the NBA's highest regular season television ratings since 1998 and would hold its spot until a 2008 Christmas Day meeting between the Lakers and the Boston Celtics.

2001 NBA Finals

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Under Jackson's guidance, and with O'Neal and Bryant leading the way, the Lakers won three straight championships in 2000, 2001, and 2002.
The Celtics themselves came within two games of returning to the NBA Finals for the first time since, but were ousted by the upstart Nets, who made the NBA Finals for the first time, denying a possible Celtics-Lakers final.

Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies

Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies is a 2017 documentary film about the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA) rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Dennis Johnson

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Dennis Johnson responded by sinking two free throws to seal the Celtics' victory.
The Celtics reached the 1984 NBA Finals, where they met the Los Angeles Lakers, their intense rivals since the 1960s.

Lakers versus Celtics and the NBA Playoffs

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The game's title alludes to the 1980s rivalry between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers.

History of the Los Angeles Lakers

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This marked the start of the long rivalry between the two teams.