The flamboyant Wallace thus earned some redemption for his gaffe at the end of Game 5 when he left the red-hot Horry unguarded on the game-winning shot. Johnson shifted to center, ended up playing every position on the court and scored 42 points to win his first championship, a remarkable performance in the annals of the sport. He cemented his position as the best player in the league with dominating performances over superstar Magic Johnson in 1991 and MVP candidate Clyde Drexler in 1992. Without the Bulls to compete against, the Houston Rockets, led by Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, won the 1994 and 1995 NBA championships. In 1988 and 1989, the aging Celtics failed to reach the Finals, with the Lakers and Pistons becoming the best of their conferences.

Although the Knicks eventually won in overtime, the Lakers produced momentum.

Renewing the teams' rivalry, this marked the 11th time that these two teams met in the Finals, the last meeting happened in 1987. Former Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol is reportedly headed for L.A. to join the Lakers. The Lakers have shaken things up in free agency, which could help them be even stronger in their title defense. In 1985, to ease the amount of cross-country travel, it was changed to a 2–3–2 format, where the first two and last two games of the series were played at the arena of the team who earned home-court advantage by having the better record during the regular season. The winning team of the series receives the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy. During Game 5 (June 17, 1994) most NBC affiliates (with the noted exception being WNBC-TV out of New York) split the coverage of the game between NFL Hall of Famer O.J. Michigan State won the game.

In the waning moments, Magic Johnson scored a skyhook to give the Lakers a 107–106 win, and a 3–1 series lead.

Controversially, the NBA Finals are often regarded by league officials and U.S. media as a "World Championship," implying that no basketball team in the world could compete with NBA Finalists. This was a capstone to Horry's long career of similarly dramatic game-winning heroics. Game 7 was held on May 5, balloons being hung up in the arena in anticipation of a Lakers victory. The table provides a chronological list of winners of the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

The Warriors fell to a 3–1 deficit in the Western Conference Finals against a Kevin Durant-led Oklahoma City Thunder team, but won three straight elimination games to take the series and advance to a second straight Finals.

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Horry scored more than a point a minute the rest of the game. Pistons' new City Edition uniform gives a nod to to one of the city's most well-known industries. The Lakers went on to claim the first seed in the Western Conference, while the Warriors failed to make the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons. The Pistons became the first road team to force a game 7 down 3-2 in the series since the NBA switched to the 2-3-2 format in 1985. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors met in every NBA Finals between 2015 and 2018, becoming the first two teams to meet in four consecutive Finals. Are the new-look Hawks getting ready to soar? If baseball has provided generations of Americans with…, …1980s, football was challenged by basketball, whose popularity soared after Spain won the silver medal in the sport at the 1984 Olympics. In June, around the time when the NBA Finals normally would be taking place, the league announced the season would resume at the end of July at the Walt Disney World Resort, using an isolated campus to hold games, practices and residency for 22 of the league's 30 teams to determine who would reach the playoffs. It's the fourth championship for LeBron James, in his 10th NBA Finals. The table provides a chronological list of winners of the FIBA women’s world championship. After finishing 67–15, they became the first team in history to win 67+ games in three straight seasons, they went to the Finals with a 12–0 sweep of the West, the first team to do so since the first round changed to best-of-seven in 2003, and the first team to sweep their way to the Finals since the Los Angeles Lakers in 2001. The Lakers finally, after a tough playoff season, took home the championship for the first time since the Minneapolis days. A decisive Game 7 was now set up to conclude this suddenly gripping series, the first Finals Game 7 in 11 years (when Houston defeated New York). The Lakers were the clear favorites to win the NBA championship.

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Game 7 was a close game, but eventually went to the Celtics, breaking the Lakers' hearts once again.

This is a list of all the NBA champions. In 2004, veteran stars Gary Payton and Karl Malone signed with the Lakers, hoping to win a championship that had long alluded them in their careers. The 1986 NBA Finals brought the Celtics back against the Houston Rockets. In the 2015 postseason, the defending champion San Antonio Spurs were eliminated in the first round by the Los Angeles Clippers in seven games while the other 2014 finalist, the Miami Heat, failed to qualify for the playoffs. After the 2014 Finals, LeBron James became a free agent and returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers where he teamed up with Kyrie Irving.

On Sunday, he became the NBA's all-time leader in playoff games played, at 260. Just two seasons later, the coach introduced a new plan, and it proved effective, as, after losing several games at the beginning, the team won thirty-three games consecutively, the longest such streak in NBA history. The majority of the 1990s was marked by the rise of the Chicago Bulls dynasty (otherwise known as the "Michael Jordan era"). The table provides a selection of National Basketball Association records. Toronto retains the talented 26-year-old guard for a reported $85 million over 4 seasons.

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Although both markets were small (so little coverage was offered) the series was spectacular. The home team was 7-0 previously in game 6 with the 3-2 lead ('86 Celtics, '87 Lakers, '96 Bulls, '97 Bulls, '00 Lakers and '03 Spurs) and home-court for game 7.