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5. The 2004 Desperation Dream Team Loses to the Pistons in the Finals

Date: 6/15/2004

In what's been called the biggest NBA Finals upset in NBA history, the Detroit Pistons knocked the life out of the 2004 Lakers, taking the series 4-1. With an average margin of victory greater than 10 points, the whooping triggered a domino effect of offseason personnel decision, which included trading Shaq and showing legendary coach Phil Jackson the door. The series was especially painful for team add-ons Karl Malone and Gary Payton who, in the twilight of their careers, signed with the juggernaut to grab a ring on their way out the door. Payton eventually won a championship in 2006 with the Heat, but it'll take one hell of a shameless, pathetic comeback for Malone to get his.

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