Game 1: 10 Celtics-Lakers nuggets
1. Teams in the four major North American pro sports that have reached their league's ultimate series (or game) the most times (including this year's NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Finals): New York Yankees (40; MLB); Montreal Canadiens (32; NHL); Minneapolis/L.A. Lakers (31; NBA); Detroit Red Wings (24; NHL); Toronto Maple Leafs (21; NHL); Boston Celtics (21; NBA).
3. The Lakers (57) finished with seven more wins than the Celtics (50) during the regular season. This is the 30th time that the NBA Finalists were separated by at least seven wins during the regular season. Only five of the previous 29 teams with the fewer wins won the series (17 percent): St. Louis vs. Boston in 1958, Boston vs. the Lakers in 1969, Golden State vs. Washington in 1975, Houston vs. Orlando in 1995 and Miami vs. Dallas in 2006.
5. Phil Jackson, who has won 10 championships as a head coach, is opposing Doc Rivers, who guided the Celtics to the NBA title in 2008. This is only the second time in the last 23 years that the opposing head coaches in an NBA Finals each enter the series with at least one championship on their resume. The only other time that has happened since 1988 was in the 2005 Finals when Gregg Popovich's Spurs opposed Larry Brown and the Pistons.
7. Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson have won 110 postseason games together. With their next victory, Bryant and Jackson will break the record for the most playoff wins by a player/coach combination. Jackson and Bryant currently share the record with Jackson and Scottie Pippen, who won 110 playoff games together with the Bulls.
9. The Lakers have won each of their last five series-opening games. That is the longest current streak for any team in the league.
10. Phil Jackson has a 41-5 career record in series-opening home games as a head coach. Jackson is 19-3 with the Lakers in those games after going 22-2 with the Bulls.
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