Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Opponent: New York Knicks
Result: Lakers over Knicks, 4-1
Finals stats: 19.4 PPG, 23.2 RPG, 2.6 APG
The 1972 Lakers were an absolute juggernaut, winning 33 games in a row at one point en route to a 69-13 record. Anchoring the middle for this veteran squad was Wilt Chamberlain, who despite being 35-years-old was still more than capable of a vintage performance on the big stage. He led everyone in minutes played as he averaged over 47 minutes per night, including all 53 minutes of the overtime Game 4. Wilt saved his best for the deciding Game 5, dominating the tired Knicks to the tune of a near quadruple-double with 24 points, 29 rebounds, eight assists, and eight blocks, and this performance secured the Big Dipper his second title and first Finals MVP trophy.