Throwback Thursday: Top Finals Upsets

VIDEO: The 2010-11 NBA Finals

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Today’s Topic: Top Finals Upsets

On June 12, 2011, Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to win their first championship in franchise history. The newly assembled “big-three” of LeBron JamesDwyane Wade and Chris Bosh made the Heat heavily favored over the Mavericks coming into the series. But Dallas rallied from a 2-1 series deficit to pull off the upset.

This Throwback Thursday we look back at the top upsets in NBA Finals history.

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

Gallery: TBT: Top Finals Upsets

Which upset do you think was the most surprising? Leave your comments below!


  1. Grence says:


  2. JM says:

    2004…. Biggest upset of all time….. Detroit in a “Five-game Sweep” of the Lakers….. and ten years later, another five game sweep….

  3. TorreyW94 says:

    2004 Pistons over the Lakers; foiling the 3-peat attempt for KB…memorable

  4. TorreyW94 says:

    Wrong about the 3-peat part but…not wrong about the GREATEST UPSET IN RECENT NBA HISTORY…(’70 Knicks over Lakers is too far back…LOL)