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Was there ever any doubt?
Unlike some of the previous rivalries, this one actually spans over decades and eras.
From the dominance of Russell's Celtics in the 1960s to the epic competition of Bird and Magic in the 1980s and ultimately making its way to the era of Kobe Bryant in the 2000s, this rivalry has seen it all.
The Celtics and Lakers have met each other in the NBA Finals a grand total of 12 times. Although Boston has won nine of those meetings, Los Angeles is the the team that has enjoyed recent success against its Eastern Conference counterpart.
After routinely beating Jerry West's Lakers in the 1960s and handing Magic a loss in 1984, the Celtics finally lost a series to the Lakers after Magic Johnson's team trumped the Celtics in a six-game series in 1985. LA would go on to beat its bitter rival for the second straight time in 1987 in a series that included Magic's famous hook shot down the paint.
The rivalry was once again renewed in 2008 after Kobe's Lakers faced the "Boston Three Party" only to lose in six games. Los Angeles ultimately got its revenge two years later as the Lakers beat their bitter rival in an epic seven-game series in the 2010 Finals.
But make no mistake, this has not been a friendly rivalry in the slightest. The fans, the players, the coaches, and even the owners show clear animosity toward the other franchise. In all honesty, that blunt and bitter hatred is what makes this the best rivalry in the NBA.
As it currently stands, Boston has an advantage over LA in total rings, regular season wins, playoff wins, and series victories.
But LA has as good of a shot as ever to finally tie Boston with 17 titles in the upcoming years. The fact that LA still has some catching up to do is what adds to the competitiveness of this epic and storied rivalry. Here's hoping to a yet another Boston-LA series in the NBA Finals soon enough.
Total LAL victories: 154
Total BOS victories: 196