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Super market streak

Updated: June 11, 2002, 8:52 AM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

The Boston Celtics and Sacramento Kings might have put up a good fight in the conference finals, but the two teams were unlikely to face each other in the NBA Finals.

Instead, the Los Angeles Lakers and New Jersey Nets are playing for the title, continuing a trend of large-market teams reaching the NBA Finals. Counting L.A. this season, at least one team in the Finals has come from one of the nation's four most populous cities in 22 of the past 23 years.

Some 16.5 million people live ...

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