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10 Most Brutal NBA Rivalries Of All Time

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1. Boston Celtics – Los Angeles Lakers

This rivalry doesn’t need much to be said about it. The Celtics and Lakers have met an NBA record 12 times in the Finals. The two were always going at one another until Larry Bird and Magic Johnson retired. The rivalry picked up in 2008, when the Celtics formed their Big Three of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen and defeated the Lakers by 36 points in the deciding game six in Boston. The Lakers would not forget this embarrassment, and would come back to meet the Celtics again in 2010. There, the Lakers and Celtics got to Game 7, where the Lakers won thanks to some big shots from Kobe Bryant’s supporting cast.

Together, the two franchises have combined for 33 NBA Championships (Celtics at 17 and Lakers at 16), which is good for almost half of the NBA’s total champions (68).

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