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2012: Philadelphia 76ers 4, Chicago Bulls 2

2012: Philadelphia 76ers 4, Chicago Bulls 2

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Derrick Rose tore his ACL near the end of Game 1 and his, as well as the Bulls’, future changed.

Derrick Rose Injury (Full highlight), Game 1 2012 NBA Playoffs 4,28,12-1.m4v
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2011: Memphis Grizzlies 4, San Antonio Spurs 2

2011: Memphis Grizzlies 4, San Antonio Spurs 2

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The Spurs were a few years removed from their last title (2007) — with another one to follow in 2014 — but were still a Western Conference power, winning 61 games in 2011. However, they fell victim to Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Rudy Gay, O.J. Mayo, Tony Allen, and the Grit ‘n’ Grind Grizzlies.

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2007: Golden State Warriors 4, Dallas Mavericks 2

2007: Golden State Warriors 4, Dallas Mavericks 2

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Golden State became the first team to pull off the 8 over 1 upset in a seven-game series. Dallas lost in the 2006 finals, won 67 games the next season, and still came up short against the “We Believe” Warriors, which featured Baron Davis, Monta Ellis, Al Harrington, and Stephen Jackson, amongst others.

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1999: New York Knicks 3, Miami Heat 2

1999: New York Knicks 3, Miami Heat 2

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For a franchise with such a proud tradition, the Knicks haven’t been able to win a title since 1973.

They knocked on the door in 1994, and put together a run during the lockout-shortened ‘98-99 postseason.

This was the third straight year these teams met in the postseason.

Allan Houston (pictured) was the Game 5 hero, sinking a bucket in the waning seconds. Despite being the only No. 8 seed to advance to the finals, New York lost in a gentleman’s sweep to the Spurs.

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1994: Denver Nuggets 3, Seattle Supersonics 2

1994: Denver Nuggets 3, Seattle Supersonics 2

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Not in my house, no, no, no. Dikembe Mutombo and the were the first-ever eight seed to knock off the No. 1 squad. In 94, that was the Seattle Supersonics (Editor’s note: BRING THEM BACK!) led by Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, and Detlef Schrempf.

The Nuggets overcame an 0-2 deficit to advance before falling short — 4-3 — to Karl Malone, John Stockton and the Utah Jazz.

Dikembe Mutombo’s #8 Denver Nuggets beat #1 Seattle Supersonics in 1994 playoffs
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