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Greatest Playoff Upsets
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No. 3
Pistons defeat Lakers
2003 (NBA Finals)
Veterans Gary Payton and Karl Malone moved to Los Angeles to help the team try to win its fourth championship of the Shaq-Kobe era. The series was billed as David (the underdog Pistons) vs. Goliath (the supremely talented Lakers), but after splitting the first two games, Detroit won three straight by an average of 14 points to win the title. Leading the way for the Pistons was guard Chauncey Billups, who averaged 21 points and five assists on his way to winning Finals MVP.
Text: Andy Gray/SI
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