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On this date in 2001, the Lakers defeated the 76ers 108-96 in Game 5 of NBA Finals 2001, completing the most dominating playoff run in NBA history.  The Lakers posted a 15-1 record and .937 winning percentage in NBA Playoffs 2001, both NBA records.  Shaquille O’Neal was named NBA Finals MVP for the second consecutive season, joining Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to win consecutive NBA Finals MVP awards.

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