Ranking greatest playoff series: 36-40
36. 2000 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: BLAZERS VS. LAKERS
Clang! Portland had one foot in the Finals, holding a 15-point, fourth-quarter lead in L.A. in Game 7, before one of the worst cold streaks in history struck at the worst time possible. The Blazers missed 13 shots in a row while the Lakers rallied, eventually taking command on an epic alley-oop dunk from Kobe Bryant to Shaquille O'Neal that is a staple of highlight reels to this day. Prior to the L.A. rally, the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in a seventh game had been just six points.
Combined with Portland's 59 wins, this made it among the best matchups in playoff history -- with 126 wins, it was the third-most combined wins of any conference finals series since the merger and the most of any that went more than five games.
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2011 NBA FINALS
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