By Cort Reynolds
The 1985 NBA championship round rematch between Boston and Los Angeles is best-known for a few things: LA finally winning its first title in nine tries over the Celtics, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's big series after a woeful game one, and the Memorial Day Massacre in that opening contest.
On that Monday afternoon, Boston crushed the Lakers 148-114, handing them the worst Finals loss in their proud franchise history until the Celtics whipped them 131-92 in game six of the 2008 Finals.
In game one of 1985 the Celtics put on an awesome shooting display and Jabbar played one of the worst playoff games of his career, prompting many to question whether the 38-year old center was done. He apologized to his teammates afterward and came back strong the rest of the way to earn series MVP honors.
It was the fourth Finals win for Boston over LA in five games dating back to June of the previous season, and in the lone loss – game six in 1984 – the Celtics had led much of the game. ...