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2004 NBA Finals
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Team Coach Wins
Detroit Pistons Larry Brown 4
Los Angeles Lakers Phil Jackson 1
Dates: June 6–15
MVP: Chauncey Billups
(Detroit Pistons)
Eastern Finals: Pistons defeated Pacers, 4–2
Western Finals: Lakers defeated Timberwolves, 4–2

The 2004 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2003–04 National Basketball Association (NBA) season, and the conclusion of the season's playoffs.

This season's NBA Finals was contested between the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers and the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons. The Lakers held home-court advantage, and the series was played under a best-of-seven format. It was the third meeting between the two teams in the NBA Finals, having last met in 1989, when the Pistons swept the Lakers in four games.

Although the Lakers, headed by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, were considered the heavy favorites, the Pistons handily won the series in five games. This win marked the Pistons' fifth win overall as a franchise (including two NBL championships: in 1944 and 1945 as the Fort Wayne Pistons) as well as its first NBA title since two 1989-90 NBA championship seasons; nearly fifteen years. The series ultimately featured the perceived underdog Pistons, dominating a Lakers team composed of four future Hall of Famers: Bryant, O'Neal, Karl Malone, and Gary Payton.

Pistons' owner William Davidson became the first owner in American sports history to win two championships in one calendar year; eight days earlier, the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Tampa Bay Lightning had defeated the Calgary Flames to win the Stanley Cup Finals in seven games.

This, along with 2006 and 2008, was one of the only three NBA championships of the 2000s not to be won by either the Los Angeles Lakers or San Antonio Spurs.

2004 NBA Playoffs

Los Angeles Lakers (Western Conference Champion) Detroit Pistons (Eastern Conference Champion)
56–26 (.683)

1st Pacific, 2nd West, 4th Overall

Regular season 54–28 (.659)

2nd Central, 3rd East, 6th Overall

Defeated the (7) Houston Rockets, 4–1 First Round Defeated the (6) Milwaukee Bucks, 4–1
Defeated the (3) San Antonio Spurs, 4–2 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (2) New Jersey Nets, 4–3
Defeated the (1) Minnesota Timberwolves, 4–2 Conference Finals Defeated the (1) Indiana Pacers, 4–2

Series summary

Game Date Home Team Result Away Team
Game 1 June 6 Los Angeles 75–87 Detroit
Game 2 June 8 Los Angeles 99–91 (OT) Detroit
Game 3 June 10 Detroit 88–68 Los Angeles
Game 4 June 13 Detroit 88–80 Los Angeles
Game 5 June 15 Detroit 100–87 Los Angeles
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