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#25. 2001-02 Los Angeles Lakers

June 28, 2016 GMT

Season Score: 298.15SRS: 7.15Net Rating: 7.7Offensive Rating: 109.4Defensive Rating: 101.7Won Championship? YesThe 2002 NBA playoffs was not devoid of controversy. The Western Conference Finals between the Lakers and Sacramento Kings is one of the key matchups at the heart of the Tim Donaghy gambling scandal (the disgraced NBA referee who was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for fixing games).The Kings ultimately lost a seven-game series, sending LA back to the Finals for the third straight year. From there, the Lakers swept the New Jersey Nets, who had no answer for Shaquille O’Neal on the interior.Crooked refs aside, this Lakers squad is deserving of being called one of the best teams in history.