Tony Parker beat the shot clock by a fraction of a second, the Miami Heat broke down in the fourth quarter and now the San Antonio Spurs have a 1-0 lead in the NBA Finals. Can Miami recover from a Game 1 loss on its home floor to win a second consecutive title? Eight NBA champions and three franchises have survived this setback. (Hint: You'll be seeing a lot of the Lakers and Celtics in this slideshow).

NBA Finals: Teams That Lose Game 1 On Home Floor But End Up Winning The Championship Slideshow


1953 Minneapolis Lakers

Facing the Knicks, George Mikan and Co. let a close Game 1 slip away by allowing 30 New York points in the fourth quarter. The Lakers won the next four games for their second straight title over the Knicks and fourth championship in five years. They defeated the Syracuse Nationals the next season for a fifth.


1957 Boston Celtics

The NBA's next great dynasty got its start in the 1956-57 season, but not until the Celtics endured a grueling series against Bob Pettit and the St. Louis Hawks. The Celtics suffered a 125-123 double-overtime loss in Game 1 at the Boston Garden, but reversed their fortunes with a double-overtime win of the same score in Game 7.


1966 Boston Celtics

For their eighth consecutive championship and ninth of 11, the Celtics had a seven-game duel with a familiar foe, the Los Angeles Lakers. Elgin Baylor and Jerry West combined for 77 points to lift the Lakers to a 133-129 overtime win in Game 1. In Red Auerbach's final season, the Celtics rallied with three straight wins and finally closed out in Game 7 for their fifth title victory over the Lakers.


1972 Los Angeles Lakers

After many seasons of championship heartbreak, 1972 finally seemed to be the Lakers' year. They had won an NBA-record 33 straight regular season games (challenged by this year's 27-game Miami winning streak) and finished 69-13. The Knicks team they would face in the Finals was without injured star center Willis Reed. Yet in Game 1 at the Forum, the Knicks routed Los Angeles, 114-92. The Lakers turned it around and won the next four for their first title on the West Coast.


1984 Boston Celtics

The first Finals matchup between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird had huge implications for both. Magic entered the series with two rings and a chance to pull away from his nemesis, who had one. 37-year-old Kareem Abdul-Jabbar helped him out in a 115-109 Game 1 win, overcoming a pre-game migraine to put up 32 points. But with the opportunity to seize control in Game 2, Magic and James Worthy (pictured above) made some critical errors down the stretch that led to an overtime defeat. Boston won the series in seven games, and Bird earned MVP honors.


1988 Los Angeles Lakers

Despite winning their fourth championship of the decade the previous year, the Lakers still had one thing lacking in 1988: A repeat. But Pat Riley had boldly guaranteed one after the victory in 1987. The Detroit Pistons quickly silenced the vaunted Lakers with a 105-93 Game 1 victory behind 14-of-16 shooting from Adrian Dantley. The Pistons took a 3-2 lead, but L.A. won the final two at home. "Big Game James" Worthy's triple-double in Game 7 earned him MVP honors.


1991 Chicago Bulls

After years of playoff frustration against Detroit, Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls made their first championship appearance in 1991. Awaiting them was a familiar Finals face, Magic Johnson. But with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar retired and other core pieces of the great 1980s teams gone, these weren't the same Lakers. After a 93-91 L.A. victory in Game 1, Jordan had his iconic switch-hands layup in Game 2 and led the Bulls to four straight wins.


2001 Los Angeles Lakers

Seeking a second straight title behind Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, the Lakers swept all three playoff series entering the Finals. The Philadelphia 76ers did not appear too formidable an opponent, save for their MVP combo guard Allen Iverson, who averaged 31.1 points in the regular season despite barely standing six feet tall. Iverson put on a show in Game 1, dropping 48 points in 52 minutes of a 107-101 Philly overtime win. Yet Shaq and Kobe proved too much for the Sixers to handle, churning out four consecutive victories after the Game 1 shocker.

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