The 2004 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2003–04 National Basketball Association season.
This Finals was contested between the Los Angeles Lakers of the Conference and the Detroit Pistons of the Eastern Conference; home court edge was held by the Lakers. The show was performed under a best-of-seven format.
Although the Lakers, headed by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, were believed the favorites that were heavy, the Pistons handily won the series in five matches. This win marked the Pistons’ fifth win as its first name as the 1990-1991 NBA season fifteen decades as well as a franchise. The series featured the perceived underdog Pistons, controlling a Lakers team composed of four potential Hall of Famers.
Pistons’ owner William Davidson became the first owner in American sport history to win two championships in one calendar year; eight days earlier, the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League had won the Stanley Cup Finals in seven games over the Calgary Flames.
The Lakers had won three consecutive championships from 2000 to 2002, but lost to the eventual champions, the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals at 2003 to finish their series at three. The Spurs beat the Lakers in 6 games.
The Lakers made changes, with varying consequences that were initially. Hoping to find a point guard and a power forward to defend against Tim Duncan and the Spurs, the Lakers signed veteran stars Gary Payton and Karl Malone for well below market value; they also expected to give both veterans their first championship ring. The Lakers were considered the favorites to win the NBA title.
During the regular season, after beginning the season 18–3, the Lakers were afflicted by numerous traumas and stumbled to a 56–26 record to complete the season with the second seed in the Western Conference.
The Lakers breezed past their first-round opponent, the Houston Rockets, headlining a matchup between Shaquille O’Neal and a youthful Yao Ming, defeating the squad 4-1 but then lost the first two games in their series against the Spurs before a dramatic comeback which saw them win 4–2.  Subsequently , they faced the Minnesota Timberwolves and league MVP Kevin Garnett. The Lakers won the series 4–2. 
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