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Encyclopedia > 2004 NBA Finals

The 2004 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2003-04 National Basketball Association season. The Los Angeles Lakers of the Western Conference battled the Detroit Pistons of the Eastern Conference for the NBA title, with the Lakers holding home court advantage. The series was played under a best-of-seven format, so the first team to collect four game victories wins the series. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... // On January 28, International Olympic Committee Vice-President Kim Un-yong is arrested on charges of corruption in Seoul. ... Logo of the NBA Finals The NBA Finals (previously the NBA World Championship Series) is the championship series of the National Basketball Association, played under a best-of-seven playoff format. ... The 2003-04 NBA season is the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The Detroit Pistons are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... In team sports, a team representing a city or a region is to be that areas home team. ... There are several different playoff formats used in various levels of competition in sports and games. ...


Despite the star-studded Lakers being the heavy favorite, the Pistons won the series 4 games to 1 to win their first title since 1990. Piston point guard Chauncey Billups was named the Most Valuable Player of the series.[1] The 1990 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1989-1990 NBA season. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976 in Denver, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player. ... The National Basketball Association Finals Most Valuable Player Award is presented to the player who has exhibited exceptional play during an NBA Finals series. ...


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Background

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers had won three consecutive championships from 2000 to 2002, but lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference playoffs in 2003 to end their streak at three. However, led by superstars guard Kobe Bryant and center Shaquille O'Neal, the Lakers were still perennial title contenders. The 2000 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1999-2000 National Basketball Association season. ... The 2002 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2001-02 NBA season. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (born March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey), frequently referred to simply as Shaq (pronounced shack), is one of the most famous professional basketball players, generally regarded as one of the most dominant in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


In the 2003 offseason, the Lakers made major changes, with initially varying results. The Lakers, hoping to find a point guard and a power forward to defend against Tim Duncan and the Spurs, signed veteran stars Gary Payton and Karl Malone for well below market value, hoping to give both veterans their first championship rings. With a star-studded roster, the Lakers were afterwards considered the favorites to finish with the best regular-season record as well as the NBA title. Proclaimed by the media as one of the greatest teams in NBA history, some even thought that they could break the Chicago Bulls' record 72-10 regular season record from the 1995-96 season. In sports, the offseason is that time of year when there is no official competition. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan[2] (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1995-96 NBA season was the 50th season of the National Basketball Association, although the league didnt celebrate this anniversary until the following season. ...


During the regular season, after starting the season 18-3, the Lakers were afflicted by numerous injuries and stumbled to a 56-26 record to finish the season with the second seed in the Western Conference.


The Lakers breezed past their first round opponent, the Houston Rockets, 4-1, but then lost the first two games in their series against the Spurs before a dramatic comeback that saw them win 4-2. Then, they faced the Minnesota Timberwolves and their superstar forward Kevin Garnett. In a large part due to Malone's excellent defense on Garnett, the Lakers won the series 4-2 to advance to the Finals. The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The Minnesota Timberwolves are a professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. ... Kevin Garnett (born May 19, 1976) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Minnesota Timberwolves. ...


Detroit Pistons

The Pistons won two back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990, but with retirements and departures of several stars, they faded from playoff prominence. The team hired former star Joe Dumars as general manager of the team in 2000, and he began stockpiling draft picks and trading players. He landed defensive stalwart Ben Wallace and guard Richard Hamilton by trading established stars in controversial trades, signed Chauncey Billups (considered an underachiever), and drafted Tayshaun Prince with the 23rd pick in the 2002 Draft. He was named the NBA Executive of the Year in 2003 for returning the Pistons to prominence. The 1989 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1988-1989 NBA season Categories: | ... Joe Dumars (born May 24, 1963 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is the Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations and a former NBA basketball player. ... For the British MP, see Ben Wallace (UK politician). ... Richard Rip Hamilton (born February 14, 1978 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania) is an American National Basketball Association player for the Detroit Pistons. ... Tayshaun Durell Prince (born February 28, 1980, in Compton, California) is an American basketball player for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. ... 2002 NBA Draft - 26 June 2002– New York City, New York // * Note: The Minnesota Timberwolves forfeited their first-round pick due to salary cap violations. ... The NBA Executive of the Year Award is the award given by the National Basketball Association to the leagues best front office executive. ...


The Pistons made a major change as well, but perhaps a riskier change, firing head coach Rick Carlisle, who had led the Pistons to two consecutive Central Division titles and had received the NBA Coach of the Year Award in 2002. In his place, Dumars hired legendary coach Larry Brown, who had most recently led the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA Finals in 2001. However, it was considered a gamble at the time, as Brown had failed to lead the Sixers deep into the playoffs afterwards, while Carlisle had led the Pistons to the Eastern Conference Finals just the year before. The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... Richard Preston Carlisle (pronounced KAHR-lye-uhl) (born October 27, 1959 in Ogdensburg, New York) is a former basketball player and current coach of the NBAs Indiana Pacers. ... The person recognized as the NBA Coach of the Year receives the Red Auerbach Trophy. ... The 2001-02 NBA season is the 56th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Larry Brown For other people of the same name, see Larry Brown (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... NBA Finals logo from NBA.com. ... The 2000-01 NBA season was the 55th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


The Pistons, while having a respectable record throughout the season, were not considered the favorites for the Eastern Conference crown. That distinction belonged to the Carlisle-coached Indiana Pacers. However, in a three team trade at the trade deadline, Dumars traded Chucky Atkins, Lindsey Hunter, Bobby Sura, Zeljko Rebraca and other considerations for guard Mike James and forward Rasheed Wallace, who proved to be the final pieces of the championship team (Hunter would rejoin the Pistons a week later). The Pistons, who were already a good defensive team, became a defensive force to be reckoned with. They became the first team in NBA history to hold five consecutive opponents under 70 points, and finished the season with a 54-28 record and the third seed in the Eastern Conference. The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Chucky Atkins (real name Kenneth Atkins) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. He was undrafted following a college career at the University of South Florida, and began his pro career in 2000 with the Orlando Magic. ... Lindsey Benson Hunter (born December 3, 1970, in Utica, Mississippi) is a professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Robert Sura Jr. ... Zeljko Rebraca (April 9, 1972 in Prigrevica, Apatin, Yugoslavia) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. He is originally from Serbia and Montenegro and was a second round draft pick of the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1994 NBA Draft. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ...


In the playoffs, both teams met with a great deal of adversity. The Pistons easily overcame the Milwaukee Bucks 4-1, but struggled against the New Jersey Nets and narrowly escaped 4-3. In a defensive series with Indiana, the Pistons offense proved more productive and they won 4-2 to advance to the NBA Finals. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Detroit Pistons roster [2]

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Starting five

Richard Hamilton is the name of: Richard Hamilton (artist), a British painter and collage artist Richard Hamilton (basketball), a player with the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association Richard Hamilton (professor), Professor of Mathematics at Columbia University Richard Hamilton (actor) [1] This is a disambiguation page: a list of... Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976 in Denver, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player. ... Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Tayshaun Durell Prince (born February 28, 1980, in Compton, California) is an American basketball player for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. ... For the British MP, see Ben Wallace (UK politician). ...

Bench

Mehmet Okur (born May 26, 1979 in Yalova, Turkey) is a Turkish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Utah Jazz of the NBA. He is married to former Miss Turkey and model Yeliz Caliskan, and they have a daughter, Melisa, born on March 21, 2007. ... Corliss Mondari Williamson (born on December 4, 1973 in Russellville, Arkansas) is a basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Elden Jerome Campbell (born July 23, 1968 in Los Angeles, California) is a former professional basketball player who played center in the NBA. Campbell played college basketball at Clemson University. ... Lindsey Benson Hunter (born December 3, 1970, in Utica, Mississippi) is a professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Darko Miličić (Дарко Миличић) (born June 20, 1985 in Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia and Montenegro) is a professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons who was taken 2nd overall in the 2003 NBA Draft. ... Tremaine Fowlkes (born April 11, 1976 Los Angeles, CA - ) is a forward in his 4th year, his rookie year being 2002. ... Hubert Ira fuck, Jr. ...

Los Angeles Lakers roster [3]

(Head Coach: Phil Jackson) Philip Douglas Phil Jackson (born September 17, 1945 in Deer Lodge, Montana) is the current coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, an American professional basketball team. ...


Starting five

Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (born March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey), frequently referred to simply as Shaq (pronounced shack), is one of the most famous professional basketball players, generally regarded as one of the most dominant in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... This article is about the basketball player. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Rick Fox Ulrich Alexander (Rick) Fox (born July 24, 1969 in Toronto, Canada) is an actor and former professional basketball player. ...

Bench

Derek Lamar Fisher (born August 9, 1974 in Little Rock, Arkansas) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Utah Jazz of the NBA. Fisher is a 1992 graduate of Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, and attended the University of Arkansas... Stanislav (Slava) Medvedenko (born April 4, 1979 in Karapyshi, Kiev Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union) is a Ukrainian professional basketball player currently with the Atlanta Hawks in the National Basketball Association. ... Devean Jamar George (born August 29, 1977 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA. His position is small forward. ... Kareem Lamar Rush (born October 30, 1980 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American professional basketball player positioned at shooting guard formerly of the NBAs Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Bobcats, currently playing for Lithuanian club BC Lietuvos Rytas. ... Horace Grant reaches the basket as a Chicago Bull Horace Junior Grant (born July 4, 1965 in Augusta, Georgia) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Brian Joshua Cook (born December 4, 1980 in Lincoln, Illinois) is a power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. ... Byron Russell is a basketball player in the NBA. In the 2004 NBA season, he played for the Denver Nuggets, before that he played for the Los Angeles Lakers, the Washington Wizards and the Utah Jazz, where he played for nine seasons after being taken in the second round by... Luke Theodore Walton (born March 28, 1980 in San Diego, California) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Jannero Pargo (born October 22, 1979 in Chicago, Illinois) is a professional basketball player with the Chicago Bulls. ... Ime Udoka (pronounced EE-may you-DOE-kuh[1]) (born August 9, 1977 in Portland, Oregon) is a American professional basketball player of Nigerian descent. ...

Series Summary[4]

Team/Game 1 2 (OT) 3 4 5 Wins
Los Angeles (West) 75 99 68 80 87 1
Detroit (East) 87 91 88 88 100 4
  • (OT) denotes a game that required overtime.

Overtime is an additional period of play specified under the rules of a sport in order to bring the game to a decision and avoid declaring the contest a tie or draw. ...

Schedule

All dates appear at local time. The starting times are scheduled starting times (not the actual tip-off). Games were held three times a week on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • Game 1 - June 6, Sunday, 6:00 p.m. PDT, at Los Angeles Detroit 87, Los Angeles 75: Detroit leads series 1-0[5]
  • Game 2 - June 8, Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. PDT, at Los Angeles Los Angeles 99, Detroit 91 (OT)]: Series tied 1-1[6]
  • Game 3 - June 10, Thursday, 9:00 p.m. EDT, at Detroit Detroit 88, Los Angeles 68]: Detroit leads series 2-1[7]
  • Game 4 - June 13, Sunday, 9:00 p.m. EDT, at Detroit Detroit 88, Los Angeles 80]: Detroit leads series 3-1[8]
  • Game 5 - June 15, Tuesday, 9:00 p.m. EDT, at Detroit Detroit 100, Los Angeles 87]: Detroit wins series 4-1[9]

The Finals were played using a 2-3-2 site format, where the first two and last two games are held at the team with home court advantage. The NBA, after experimenting in the early years, restored this original format for the Finals in 1985. As of yet, the other playoff series are still running on a 2-2-1-1-1 site format. June 6 is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... June 8 is the 159th day of the year (160th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... June 10 is the 161st day of the year (162nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... June 13 is the 164th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (165th in leap years), with 201 days remaining. ... June 15 is the 166th day of the year (167th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... In team sports, a team representing a city or a region is to be that areas home team. ...


Features

The NBA heavily publicized the series as it has done with all other NBA Finals series. There was a sentiment among fans that the Pistons were the clear underdogs, and many described the series as a David vs. Goliath matchup. The Lakers had a lineup of Stars such as Karl Malone, Gary Payton, Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O'Neal - their offensive capability was expected to overpower Detroit's defensive-based gameplan.[10] This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Derek Lamar Fisher (born August 9, 1974 in Little Rock, Arkansas) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Utah Jazz of the NBA. Fisher is a 1992 graduate of Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, and attended the University of Arkansas... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (born March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey), frequently referred to simply as Shaq (pronounced shack), is one of the most famous professional basketball players, generally regarded as one of the most dominant in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


Payton and Malone Also added to the publicity of the Finals. Perennial All-Stars who had both previously reached the Finals, Payton had led the Seattle SuperSonics there in 1996, while Malone had led the Utah Jazz there in 1997 and 1998. However, Michael Jordan and the Bulls denied them championship rings a total of three times. By the time of his retirement in 2003, the two veterans were aged and failed to lead their respective teams deep into the playoffs. Thus, this Finals series was seen as the last chance for two of the greatest players in NBA history to finally become NBA champions (Later on, Malone retired while Payton became a champion as a key bench player for the Miami Heat). The NBA staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Official 1996 NBA Finals logo. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... The 1997 NBA Finals was the concluding series of the 1997 NBA Playoffs that determined the champion of the 1996–97 NBA season. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Game One

Sunday, June 6, 2004, 14:30 at the Staples Center. Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment District. ...


Considered to be a stunning upset by most of the NBA world, the Detroit Pistons managed to defeat the Lakers' star-studded team with imposing defense. Defensively clamping down on everyone but Bryant and O'Neal, the Pistons managed to hold everyone else to a total of 16 points.


The Pistons trailed the Lakers 41-40 at halftime, but a 10-4 surge capped by Billups's 3-pointer gave the Pistons the lead. O'Neal's foul trouble furthered the scoring gap, with the Pistons leading by 13 points early in the 4th quarter.

Team 1st Qt. 2nd Qt. 3rd Qt. 4th Qt. Total
Detroit 22 18 24 23 87
Los Angeles 19 22 17 17 75

Game Two

Kobe Bryant's 3 pointer puts the game into overtime.

Tuesday, June 8, 2004, 15:04 at the Staples Center. Image File history File links KobeGameWinner. ... Image File history File links KobeGameWinner. ...


The second game was close throughout the first half, but in the third quarter Detroit would score 30 points, cutting the deficit 68-66. However, at the end of the fourth quarter, Kobe Bryant's 3-point shot at 2.1 seconds to go would tie the game at 89-89. The Lakers and Pistons would then go to overtime, with the Lakers outscoring the Pistons 10-2.

Team 1st Qt. 2nd Qt. 3rd Qt. 4th Qt. OT Total
Detroit 16 20 30 23 2 91
Los Angeles 18 26 24 21 10 99

Game Three

Thursday, June 10, 2004, 14:31 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Palace of Auburn Hills (a. ...


The Pistons beat Los Angeles by 20 in their first NBA Finals appearance together at The Palace of Auburn Hills since 1989[11] to take a 2-1 lead in the series. The 68 points scored by the Lakers set a franchise record for fewest number points scored in a playoff game. 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Team 1st Qt. 2nd Qt. 3rd Qt. 4th Qt. Total
Los Angeles 16 16 19 17 68
Detroit 24 15 24 25 88

Game Four

Sunday, June 13, 2004, 14:49 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Again, the Pistons defeated the Lakers, although this time by eight, to take a 3-1 series advantage.

Team 1st Qt. 2nd Qt. 3rd Qt. 4th Qt. Total
Los Angeles 22 17 17 24 80
Detroit 21 20 15 32 88

Game Five

Tuesday, June 15, 2004, 14:32 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.


In Game 5, the Pistons won their first championship since 1990, and Larry Brown finally won his long-deserved title. The Pistons defense had overcome the high-scoring Laker offense, winning the game by 13, winning the series 4-1, and also ending a long Laker dynasty that lasted for many years. The game saw the end of Phil Jackson's first run as the coach (he returned for the 05-06 season), and saw O'Neal, Payton, and Malone's last games in Laker uniforms (O'Neal and Payton were both acquired by the soon-to-be NBA Champions Miami Heat and Malone retired). MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

Team 1st Qt. 2nd Qt. 3rd Qt. 4th Qt. Total
Los Angeles 24 21 14 28 87
Detroit 25 30 27 18 100

Trivia

  • As the broadcaster of this NBA Finals, Al Michaels became the first TV play-by-play announcer to call the Super Bowl, World Series and NBA Finals.
  • The Pistons became the fourth team to win the three middle games in the 2-3-2 format (joining the '90 Pistons, '91 Chicago Bulls and '01 Lakers) but they were the first team to do it at home. The Pistons also became the first Franchise in NBA history to win the middle games both on the road and at home.
  • The Pistons became the fourth NBA franchise to win the NBA Championship at least three times joining the Lakers, Bulls and Boston Celtics.
  • For the third time, the Piston that was the NBA Finals MVP was a point guard as Chauncey Billups followed Joe Dumars and Isiah Thomas.
  • Game 5 marks the last game with Shaquille O'Neal in a Laker uniform.

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Broadcast notes

The games were broadcast on ABC by Al Michaels and Doc Rivers. To promote the series, they used the Black Eyed Peas' song "Let's Get It Started", which they had also used throughout the 2004 NBA Playoffs. The American Broadcasting Company ( oftenly known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... The Black Eyed Peas are an American hip-hop (musical styles crossover rap/hip hop and alternative rap/hip hop) group from Los Angeles, California, who have enjoyed international pop success. ... Lets Get It Started is the edited radio version of the Black Eyed Peas song Lets Get Retarded. The colloquial meaning of retarded, as used in this song, refers to being very carefree and having a good time - and sometimes meaning intoxicated, similar to the colloquial use of... The 2004 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2003-2004 season. ...


Officials

Dick Bavetta (born December 10, 1939) is a professional basketball referee for the NBA. As of February 8, 2006, Bavetta had officiated 2,135 NBA games - a league record for most games officiated. ... Dan Crawford (born November 23, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois) is a professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association (NBA) since 1984-85 NBA season. ... Joe Crawford Joseph Joe Crawford (born August 30, 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association (NBA) wearing the number 17. ... Bob Delaney (born November 1, 1951 in Paterson, New Jersey) is a professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association (NBA) since 1987-88 NBA season. ... Bernie W. Fryer (born December 25, 1949 in Bellingham, Washington) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Steve Javie (center) Steve Javie (born January 17, 1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Bennett Salvatore is an NBA official who wears No. ...

See also

Current NBA Playoff logo. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Game 5 Notebook: Billups Wins MVP (June 16 2004).
  2. ^ Peterson, Rob (June 17 2004). All the Right Moves.
  3. ^ 2003-2004 Lakers Regular Statistics.
  4. ^ NBA Official Recap of Finals
  5. ^ NBA official Recap of Game 1
  6. ^ NBA official Recap of Game 2
  7. ^ NBA official Recap of Game 3
  8. ^ NBA official Recap of Game 4
  9. ^ NBA official Recap of Game 5
  10. ^ LA Laker - Most Love and Hated Team
  11. ^ Detroit Pistons History

External links

  • The Official Website of the 2004 NBA Finals

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