The Greatest Conference Finals Series in NBA History

1988 Eastern Conference

Date: May 25-June 3, 1988
Teams and result: Detroit Pistons over Boston Celtics in six games.

It was a rematch of the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals with Detroit seeking revenge for what Boston had done to them the previous year. In a true "back and forth" series the two squads alternated wins in the first five games. The reason it makes this list is because Games 2 (where three Celtic starters had double-doubles in a winning effort) and 3 (where the Pistons were led by Joe Dumars' 29 points) were both decided by four points.

Game 4 saw the Celtic defense dominate in the fourth quarter, holding Detroit to 10 points and winning by one to make the series even heading back home. Detroit took Game 5 in overtime, behind a 35-point outburst from Isiah Thomas. Game 6 ended with the Celtics rallying ferociously like a corned weasel from a deficit in the final quarter, but ultimately they came up short. This one was made all the more special because they knocked off Larry Bird's Boston squad that had won the Eastern Conference title four seasons in a row.

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