Top 5 biggest NBA rivalries

Sport360 staff 09:00 20/01/2017
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The latest edition in the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors rivalry saw the latter dominate to even up their regular season record at 1-1.

They are the two stand-out teams in the NBA and it got us thinking of other big rivalries down the years.

Celtics v Lakers

Celtics v Lakers

Two of the most stories franchises in the league’s history made for the best rivalry. They’ve met a record 12 times in the NBA Finals, starting with their first in 1959.

Bulls v Knicks

Bulls v Knicks

Made intense by high-stakes contests and playoff series in the 80s and 90s; stars such as Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing and city reputations.

Sixers v Celtics

Sixers v Celtics

The two teams have the most meetings in the NBA playoffs, playing each other in 19 series with Larry Bird and Dr. J the embodiment of a respectful rivalry.

Pistons v Bulls

Pistons v Bulls

Michael Jordan’s evolvement into one of the league’s best players in the 80s coincided with the Pistons becoming a contender for an intense rivalry.

Knicks v Heat

Knicks v Heat

Brutal but entertaining, their rivalry came to a head from 1997- 2000 as they met in the postseason four years running. No a lot of basketball, but plenty of heat.

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