On This Date 6/4/2000
The Los Angeles Lakers return to the NBA Finals for the first time in nine years by beating the Portland Trail Blazers 89-84 in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals at the Staples Center. The Lakers trailed 71-55 late in the third quarter before staging a furious rally to beat the Blazers. The rally was capped by Shaquille O’Neal, slamming home an alley-oop from Kobe Bryant. The Lakers would go on to win the NBA Championship.