2002, Game 4 – Los Angeles Lakers 113, New Jersey Nets 107
Shaq and Kobe Complete the 3-peat
After defeating Allen Iverson and the 76ers in a five-game NBA Finals in 2001, the Lakers returned to the Finals against the Nets in ’02 looking for the first NBA 3-peat since the Michael Jordan Bulls of the ‘90s. The Nets put pressure on the Lakers throughout the series, keeping all but one of the games close going into the final minutes, but the Lakers’ Kobe/Shaq combo was simply too much, and the Nets were swept out of the series. In Game 4, the two of them dominated late, helping them pull away and close out the game. Kobe finished with 25 points and 8 assists but Shaq was even more impressive for the series, averaging 36 points and 12 rebounds per game. He earned his third straight Finals MVP as LA grabbed their third straight championship.