1988 Western Conference Finals
Date: May 23-June 4, 1988
Teams and results: Los Angeles Lakers over Dallas Mavericks in seven games.
The Mavs made what at the time was their deepest run in the history of the franchise but ran into a buzzsaw in the reigning champion Lakers. Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and league MVP James Worthy went up against Mark Aguirre, Rolando Blackman, and Sam Perkins. After dropping the first two in the Forum, they posted back-to-back double digit wins at home. They then alternated wins with L.A., including an exciting 105-103 home victory in Game 6 to force the final game. Of course, they lost because the Lakers repeated but any series featuring a David versus Goliath battle that goes seven games belongs on our list.