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 Detroit Pistons of the Eastern Conference; the Lakers held home court advantage. The series 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 conveniently won the series in five games. This win marked the Pistons’ fifth win as a franchise in addition to its first name since the 1990-1991 NBA period fifteen years. The show featured the perceived 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 1 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.
The Lakers made alterations, with originally results. Needing to find 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 provide both veterans their first tournament ring. The Lakers were later considered the favorites to win the NBA title.
During the regular season, after beginning the season 18–3, the Lakers were suffering from numerous traumas and stumbled into 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 young Yao Ming, beating the squad 4-1 but then dropped the first two games in their series against the Spurs prior to a dramatic comeback which saw them triumph 4–two. [3] Then, they confronted league MVP Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Lakers won the series 4–2 to advance to the Finals. [4]

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