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Overview

The Los Angeles Lakers v the Boston Celtics. This is one of the most famous rivalries in the NBA. As two of the most successful teams, they've played some intense NBA Finals series down the years. The first was in 1959, when the Celtics won 4-0. They went on to play in many more Finals in the 1960s and the 1980s. Then came the 1980s when the rivalry right an all-time high. It was the era of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, whose personal rivalry greatly intensified games between the two teams. They faced off in the 1984 Finals, with Boston winning 4-3. But the Showtime Lakers came out on top in the 1985 and 1987 series. After a lull during the 90s, the rivalry renewed in 2008 when they played the Finals for the first time in 21 years.

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