An Overview of the Los Angeles Lakers-Boston Celtics Rivalry

Dr. Avi Weisfogel, owner of Dental Sleep Masters in South Orange, New Jersey, is an avid sports fan. Dr. Avi Weisfogel is particularly supportive of Los Angeles-based teams such as the Dodgers and Lakers.

Since the start of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the league has been defined by two teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. The Lakers have earned 16 championship banners, second only to Boston’s 17. With the teams residing in opposite conferences, their postseason matchups have all occurred during the NBA Finals. Despite this limitation, the two franchises have done battle on 12 occasions. The teams first met in the final series of the 1959 NBA Playoffs, with the Celtics earning a 4-0 sweep over the Lakers.

The Celtics continued to get the better of their West Coast rivals during the 1960s. The teams met in the finals six times between 1962 and 1969, with Boston winning on each occasion. The Lakers, however, started to close the gap and pushed three of the series to seven games. The Celtics again edged the Lakers in a seven-game series in 1984 before the Lakers finally bested Boston with a 4-2 series win the following season. The Lakers again scored a 4-2 victory in the 1987 NBA Finals. The teams would not face off again for more than two decades, when Boston reclaimed its edge in the rivalry with a 4-2 win in 2008. Most recently, the Lakers scored their third NBA Finals victory over Boston in a seven-game series to close out the 2010 season.

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