L.A.’s Road to The Finals: Playoffs 2004 in Photos

As the Lakers match up against the Detroit Pistons in The Finals, Lakers.com takes a look back at the path Los Angeles has traveled through the 2004 NBA Playoffs to reach the ultimate stage.

First Round, Game 1:

April 17 -- The Lakers won Game 1 against Houston on a Shaquille O'Neal follow-up dunk and went on to win the series 4-1.
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First Round, Game 4:

April 25 -- Kobe Bryant shoots around Kelvin Cato in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, as the Lakers rallied to win in OT. Bryant led the Lakers in scoring for the series with 24.4 points per game.
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Conference Semifinals, Game 4:

May 11 -- Shaquille O'Neal boxes out Tim Duncan during Game 4. O'Neal led the Lakers in rebounding for the series with 14.5 rebounds per game, while Duncan paced the Spurs with 12.2.
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Conference Semifinals, Game 4:

May 11 -- Kobe Bryant drives to the basket between San Antonio's Bruce Bowen and Robert Horry in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals. The Lakers won 98-90 as Bryant scored 42 points on the night.
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Conference Semifinals, Game 5:

May 13 -- Derek Fisher shoots and makes the game-winning shot over Manu Ginobili at the buzzer in the decisive Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals. The Lakers went on to win the series 4-2.
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Conference Finals, Game 3:

May 25 -- Gary Payton drives on Latrell Sprewell in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. Payton led the Lakers in assists for the series with 5.8 assists per game, while Sprewell led the Timberwolves with 5.0.
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Conference Finals, Game 6:

May 31-- Kevin Garnett tries to get to the basket past Shaquille O'Neal in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. The Lakers defeated the Timberwolves 96-90 to take the series 4-2.
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