The 2004 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2003–04 National Basketball Association season.
This Finals was contested between the Detroit Pistons of the Eastern Conference and the Los Angeles Lakers of the Conference; home court edge was held by the Lakers. The series was played under a best-of-seven arrangement.
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 triumph as a franchise as well as its first title as the 1990-1991 NBA season fifteen decades. The show featured the underdog Pistons, dominating a Lakers team composed of four 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 end their streak at three. The Spurs beat the Lakers in 6 matches.
From the 2003 offseason, significant changes were made by the Lakers, with consequences that were initially. Needing to find a point guard and a power forward to shield against Tim Duncan and the Spurs, the Lakers signed veteran stars Gary Payton and Karl Malone for well below market value; they also hoped to give both veterans their first tournament ring. The Lakers were afterwards considered the favorites to win the NBA title.
Throughout the regular season, after starting the season 18–3, the Lakers were suffering from numerous traumas and stumbled into some 56–26 record to complete the season with the next seed in the Western Conference.
The Lakers breezed beyond their ancestral competition, the Houston Rockets, headlining a matchup between Shaquille O’Neal and a youthful Yao Ming, defeating the group 4-1 but then lost the first two matches in their series against the Spurs before a dramatic comeback which saw them win 4–two.  Subsequently they confronted the Minnesota Timberwolves and league MVP Kevin Garnett. The Lakers won the series 4–2. 
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