Los Angeles Lakers' Robert Horry turns back to his team's bench after hitting his game-winning three-point shot at the buzzer against the Sacramento Kings during Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference finals in Los Angeles, May 26, 2002. The Lakers won 100-99 to even the best-of-seven series at two games apiece. Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal and Kings' Mike Bibby are in the background. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Shaquille O’Neal and Robert Horry named the toughest opponent the Los Angeles Lakers faced in the three-peat (2000-2002).

The two NBA legends went with the 2000 Portland Trail Blazers, who were eliminated by the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals (4-3).

“It’s probably the best team I’ve ever faced playing basketball, period,” said Horry in an interview with Howard Beck of Bleacher Report, with O’Neal adding “they were the toughest team and they were the only team that wasn’t scared of us”.