Throwback Thursday: First round series to go seven

VIDEO: The Bulls and Celtics square off in an epic 2009 first-round series

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Today’s Topic: First round series to go seven games

The NBA Playoffs are a magical time in the basketball universe as every game matters and each player gives it their all.

To honor the playoffs, this Thursday we look back at the 14 first-round series to go the full seven games (the first round expanded from a best-of-five to a best-of-seven format in 2003). Hopefully this year’s playoffs provide similar dramatics.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)

Gallery: Throwback Thursday: First Round Series to Go Seven

Which of these was your favorite series? Leave your comments below!


  1. AM says:

    Celtics- Bulls in 2009, epic series

  2. brendan says:

    looking back as a clipper and laker fan the 2006 season still hurts me to this day it would have been a freeway serious verse the clips in round 2 instead phoenix beat them in seven as well. two horrible heartbreacks for L.A. fans

  3. kobe says:

    Definitely Lakers-Suns from 2006. Even if it ended in an unfavorable way.

  4. Tyrone says:

    yes that bull and celtics seriers was one of the best from this era

  5. Malcolm says:

    1996-7 lost a 3-1 series lead, they didn’t overcome a 3-1 deficit, in series vs. Miami. Thanks to half the team getting suspended in game 5 brawl.