3. Lakers Beat Celtics, Champs in 85

Date: 5/30/1985

Twenty-five years, eight tries, eight losses. The Lakers had never beat the Celics in the NBA Finals, including a heartbreaking seven game series the previous season. The Celtics, looking to repeat as Champs in '85, certainly didn't give the Lakers much hope during a 148-114 ass-whooping in Game 1, better known as the Memorial Day Massacre. But the Lakers found their resolve, winning four of the next five games to finally break the Celtic curse. Becoming the first visiting team to celebrate a championship in Boston Garden was just icing on the cake.