Dates: June 3-June 17
Winner: Lakers, 4-3
The Lakers were absolutely embarrassed by Boston in the 2008 Finals, blowing a Finals record 24-point lead with a chance to tie the series in Game 4 and succumbing to another record-breaking blowout in the clincher, a 39-point loss. The Celtics however, still had something to prove themselves, having watched L.A. win the title in '09 as Kevin Garnett nursed his ailing knee. So with the two battling for another title in 2010, we were practically assured a classic grudge match.
The Lakers won Game 1 handily, but a record eight three pointers from Ray Allen stole the spotlight in Game 2. Derek Fisher's 11 fourth quarter points in Game 3 helped Los Angeles recapture the home court advantage and Nate Robinson along with Big Baby Davis surprisingly led the Celtics to a 2-2 series tie in Game 4. Game 5 saw Kobe Bryant put on a classic showing in the third quarter, scoring from every conceivable angle, but Boston still prevailed, forcing the Lakers to fight for their lives in back-to-back home games. They'd bludgeon the C's in Game 6 and bury them in Game 7, thanks to timely buckets from some guy who used to go by the name Ron Artest.