The NBA couldn’t get enough of the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. After the two teams met in the 1984 NBA Finals — their first meeting in the championship since 1969 — and again in 1985, they were knocked out four times in the 1985-86 pre-season.

The battle raged between the Celtics and the Lakers in the 1984 finals. There were fights and clashes between superstars Larry Bird and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar during the intense seven-game series. The rivalry between Bird and Magic Johnson took center stage for the first time as professionals. He needed the NBA and he got it. It went according to plan.

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