|Lakers' Magic Johnson defends Celtics guard, Dennis Johnson|
In '83, Johnson joined Larry Bird and the Celtics in what was going to become a dynasty in Boston. Johnson helped the Boston Celtics restore their fierce rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers, and the teams met in the Finals year after year. The 1984 NBA Finals (featuring the Celtics and Lakers, gasp) became an instant classic. The Celtics and Lakers battled through a seven game series in which Boston held home court advantage. In Game 4 of this series, the Celtics showed their old school grit-and-balls and beat the Lakers in overtime behind Bird's 29 points and DJ's 14 dimes. The Celtics would end up winning the series, giving Johson his second championship and first in Boston.
In 1985, the final All Star season for DJ, the C's and Lakers met again the the Finals to no surprise. The series tipped off to what is known today as the "Memorial Day Massacre" - the C's demolished the Lakers 114-148 thanks to a near double double by Kevin McHale, 26 points & 9 boards. In Game 5, Johnson dished a ridiculous 17 assists in loss which put the Lakers on top of the series 3-2, on route to a 4-2 championship series win.