5 Unforgettable Moments from 2000s Lakers vs. Kings Rivalry

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5 Unforgettable Moments from 2000s Lakers vs. Kings Rivalry
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The Los Angeles Lakers/Sacramento Kings matchup in the early 2000s was one of the better rivalries in the past 20 years. Both teams had fantastic players, they played some amazing games and year after year they met in the playoffs.

And while the Lakers came out on top in every playoff series they squared off in, any Lakers fan that can't admit the Kings were a great team is likely holding on to some bad feelings from those games and is being spiteful.

No, those Kings teams were excellent, and the fact that the Lakers were able to beat them in the playoffs (especially in the famed 2002 Western Conference Finals) speaks to how good the Lakers were (with some luck thrown in), rather than any indictment of the Kings not being a good enough team to win.

The bounces (as well as some calls) just went the Lakers way in that series and they ended up on top. It happens.

But that rivalry was about more than just the wins and losses—after all, if we only cared about that, this wouldn't be a rivalry at all. This rivalry was about all the moments that made the matchup must watch TV. It was about the magical performances from both teams, the individual brilliance of the players, and how intense competition led to some of the most memorable moments of an era.

And while every person will have their own memories about those two teams, the games they played, and the bad blood between them, what follows are the ones that I'll remember most. Without further ado, let's get to them...

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