The biggest and most captivating and consuming rivalry in the history of the National Basketball Association, the duel between the Lakers and the Celtics - the two most-decorated franchises in league history - is certainly not enjoying its finest hour at present, with both teams entering vital re-building periods.
Nevertheless, games between the two definitely still contain a notable edge. The Lakers-Celtics rivalry appears to be borne purely out of their respective past successes - often achieved against one another.
The respective sides have met 12 times in the finals, with Boston holding a strong 9-3 advantage. In total, the Lakers have won 16 championships, while the Celtics have the edge with 17.