2004 NBA Finals

augusti 30, 2019 i Uncategorized med admin

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 Convention; home court edge was held by the Lakers. The show was played 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 in addition to its first name since the 1990-1991 NBA period; almost fifteen decades. The show featured the perceived underdog Pistons, controlling a Lakers team composed of four potential 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 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 end their series at three. The Spurs beat the Lakers.
In the 2003 offseason, alterations were made by the Lakers, with originally varying consequences. 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 championship ring. The Lakers were considered the favorites to win the NBA title.
During the regular season, after starting the year 18–3, the Lakers were afflicted by numerous traumas and stumbled to a 56–26 record to finish the season with the next seed in the Western Conference.
The Lakers breezed past their first-round opponent, the Houston Rockets, headlining a matchup between Shaquille O’Neal and a young Yao Ming, defeating 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 confronted league MVP Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Lakers won the series 4–two to advance to the Finals. [4]

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