The Greatest Playoff Series in NBA History

Dan SmithCorrespondent IMay 6, 2009

The Greatest Playoff Series in NBA History

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    BOSTON - MAY 02:  Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics takes a shot as Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls defends in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on May 2, 2009 in Boston, Massac

The Shot

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    Guard Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls in action during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

An Instant Classic

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    BOSTON - MAY 02:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls drives to the net as Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics defends in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on May 2, 2009 in Boston, Ma

Charles vs. Hakeem

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    15 Jan 1994:  Center Hakeem Olajuwon of the Houston Rockets looks to shoot the ball during a game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Mandatory Credit: ALLSPORT USA  /Allsport Mandatory Credit: ALLSPORT USA  /Allsport

Bird vs. Wilkins

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    UNDATED:  BOSTON CELTICS FOWARD LARRY BIRD SHOOTS A JUMP SHOT DURING AN NBA GAME. Mandatory Credit: Allsport/ALLSPORT

The Knicks/Bulls Rivalry of the '90s

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    14 Mar 1996:  Center Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks blocks the shot of Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls during the Knicks 94-81 loss to the Chicago Bulls at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.  Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger/Allsport

Michael Jordan vs. the Bad Boys

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    22 Apr 1993:  Guard Joe Dumars of the Detroit Pistons moves the ball during a game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport

2004 Eastern Conference Finals

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    MIAMI - DECEMBER 22:  Dwyane Wade #3 and Shaquille O'Neal #32 of the Miami Heat watch as the Utah Jazz shoot free throws at American Airlines Arena December 22, 2007 in Miami, Florida. The Heat defeated the Jazz 104-102. NOTE TO USER: User expressly ackno

1987 Eastern Conference Finals

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    LOS ANGELES - 1987:  Bill Laimbeer #40 of the Detroit Pistons looks on during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles, California in the 1987-1988 NBA season.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Hakeem vs. Ewing

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    22 JUN 1994:  HOUSTON ROCKET HAKEEM OLAJUWON DISHES A PASS AROUND NEW YORK KNICK PATRICK EWING DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF GAME SEVEN IN THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE SUMMIT IN HOUSTON. Mandatory Credit: Allsport/ALLSPORT

Magic vs. Isiah

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    Guard Earvin (Magic) Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during a game.

The Battle for California

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers moves the ball during the NBA game against the New Jersey Nets at Continental Airlines Arena on December 19, 2002 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  The Nets won 98-71.  NOTE TO US