Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Opponent: Boston Celtics
Result: Lakers over Celtics, 4-2
Finals stats: 25.7 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 5.2 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1.5 BPG
Kareem's second Finals MVP award came an amazing 14 years after his first one, and his performance was equally as impressive. The Lakers' center was dominant against the Celtics, averaging 28.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per game from Games 2 through 6 (Game 1, known as the "Memorial Day Massacre," was a complete lost cause in which Kareem played just 22 minutes).
He then came back with a strong Game 2 (30 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists, three blocks) that helped the Lakers pull even at 1-1 and effectively seize momentum as they headed back to Los Angeles. Kareem was then the difference in the deciding Game 6, scoring 29 points in the hostile Boston Garden as the Lakers captured their first championship against the Celtics after failing to beat them in the franchises' eight previous Finals matchups.