The Greatest Rivalries In NBA History

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Rivalry Times Met Winner Star Players Influencing Factors
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics 333-205 Lakers Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird Geography, history, player rivalries
Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons 176-114 Bulls Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman Physicality, intensity, Bad Boy Pistons
New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat 212-195 Heat Patrick Ewing, John Starks, Allan Houston City rivalry, MSG vs. Heat culture
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors 40-48 Warriors LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love LeBron James vs. Stephen Curry, recent dominance
Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers 595-460 Celtics Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, John Havlicek Divisional rivalry, Celtics-76ers rivalry

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics

The rivalry between the Lakers and Celtics is the most storied in NBA history, with the two teams meeting in the NBA Finals a record 12 times. The rivalry dates back to the 1960s, when the Celtics were led by Bill Russell and the Lakers by Wilt Chamberlain. The rivalry continued in the 1980s, when the Celtics were led by Larry Bird and the Lakers by Magic Johnson. The rivalry reached its peak in the 2000s, when the Lakers were led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal and the Celtics were led by Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

Rivalry Regular Season Playoffs NBA Finals
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics 333-205 31-27 12-8

The rivalry between the Bulls and Pistons was one of the most intense in NBA history. The rivalry began in the late 1980s, when the Bulls were led by Michael Jordan and the Pistons were led by Isiah Thomas. The rivalry reached its boiling point in the 1991 NBA Finals, when the Pistons won the championship after a series of physical and controversial games.

Rivalry Regular Season Playoffs NBA Finals
Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons 176-114 16-12 3-2

New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat

The rivalry between the Knicks and Heat began in the late 1990s, when the Knicks were led by Patrick Ewing and the Heat were led by Alonzo Mourning. The rivalry reached its peak in the early 2000s, when the Knicks were led by Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell and the Heat were led by Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade.

Rivalry Regular Season Playoffs NBA Finals
New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat 212-195 10-7 0-0

The rivalry between the Cavaliers and Warriors is one of the most recent in NBA history, but it is quickly becoming one of the most intense. The rivalry began in the 2015 NBA Finals, when the Warriors defeated the Cavaliers to win their first championship in 40 years. The rivalry reached its peak in the 2017 NBA Finals, when the Cavaliers came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Warriors and win their first championship.

Rivalry Regular Season Playoffs NBA Finals
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors 40-48 4-9 3-4

The rivalry between the Celtics and 76ers is one of the oldest in NBA history, dating back to the 1950s. The rivalry reached its peak in the 1960s, when the Celtics were led by Bill Russell and the 76ers were led by Wilt Chamberlain. The rivalry has continued in recent years, with the Celtics and 76ers being two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

Rivalry Regular Season Playoffs NBA Finals
Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers 595-460 42-30 18-11

 

As the NBA continues to evolve, so too will its rivalries. From the Celtics-Lakers clashes that defined an era to the modern-day battles for supremacy in East Conference, these rivalries are the lifeblood of the league. They transcend individual matchups, becoming part of the sport’s cultural fabric

 

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