Round: Finals
Dates: May 27-June 9
Winner: Lakers, 4-2
This series wasn't exactly close, but it sure was significant. Facing off in the Finals for the second straight year, the Lakers got off to an awful start in Boston. Dubbed the "Boston Massacre," Game 1 saw the Celtics demolish L.A., 148-114. The Lakers, however, would not be deterred.

Stealing Game 2 in the Garden and following it up with a 25-point beating of their own at home in Game 3, Los Angeles was left heartbroken again when Dennis Johnson's buzzer beater tied the series for Boston at two games apiece. The Lakers responded with a Game 5 win and squelched any thought of a Celtic revival with a stellar performance from Kareem in Game 6, leading to the first championship celebration by a visitor in Boston Garden.