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 Western Convention and the Detroit Pistons of the Eastern Conference; the Lakers held home court advantage. The show was performed under a best-of-seven format.
Although the Lakers, led 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 a franchise in addition to its first name since the 1990-1991 NBA season fifteen decades. The show finally featured the perceived underdog Pistons, controlling a Lakers team composed of four future Hall of Famers.
Pistons’ owner William Davidson became the first owner in American sport history to win two championships in 1 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 streak at three. The Spurs beat the Lakers.
From the 2003 offseason, the Lakers made changes, with varying results that were initially. Hoping to find a point guard and a power forwards to defend against Tim Duncan and the Spurs, the Lakers signed veteran stars Gary Payton and Karl Malone for well under market value; they also hoped to provide both veterans their first tournament ring. The Lakers were considered the favorites to win the NBA title.
Throughout the regular season, after beginning the season 18–3, the Lakers were suffering from numerous traumas and stumbled into a 56–26 record to complete the season with the next seed in the Western Convention.
The Lakers breezed past their first-round competition, the Houston Rockets, headlining a matchup between Shaquille O’Neal and a young Yao Ming, defeating the group 4-1 but then lost the first two games in their series against the Spurs before a dramatic comeback that saw them win 4–two.  Thenthey faced the Minnesota Timberwolves and league MVP Kevin Garnett. The Lakers won the series 4–two to advance to the Finals. 
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