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2004 NBA Finals

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The 2004 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2003–04 National Basketball Association season.

This Finals was contested between the Detroit Pistons of the Eastern Conference and the Los Angeles Lakers of the Conference; the Lakers held home court edge. The show was performed 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 matches. This win marked the Pistons’ fifth triumph as a franchise as well as its first name as the 1990-1991 NBA period; almost fifteen years. The series featured the underdog Pistons, controlling a Lakers team composed of four future 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 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 finish their streak at three. The Spurs beat the Lakers in 6 matches.
With initially results, alterations were made by the Lakers, in the 2003 offseason. Hoping to find a point guard and a power forwards to shield against Tim Duncan and the Spurs, the Lakers signed veteran stars Gary Payton and Karl Malone for well under market value; they also expected to give both veterans their first tournament ring. The Lakers were afterwards considered the favorites to win the NBA title.
Throughout the regular season, after starting the year 18–3, the Lakers were suffering from numerous injuries and stumbled to a 56–26 record to complete the season with the next seed in the Western Conference.
The Lakers breezed beyond their ancestral competition, the Houston Rockets, headlining a matchup between Shaquille O’Neal and a youthful Yao Ming, beating the group 4-1 but then dropped the first two matches in their series against the Spurs prior to a dramatic comeback that saw them win 4–2. [3] Subsequently they faced the Minnesota Timberwolves and league MVP Kevin Garnett. The Lakers won the series 4–2 to progress to the Finals. [4]

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