Lakers Win NBA Finals

Celtics beaten 83-79 as Lakers claim 16th title
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 17, 2010 11:08 PM CDT
Updated Jun 18, 2010 6:40 AM CDT
Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher and Pau Gasol react late in the second half of Game 7 of the NBA basketball finals against the Boston Celtics Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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(Newser) – The Los Angeles Lakers have won their 16th NBA championship, dramatically rallying from a fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 83-79 in Game 7 of the NBA finals. Kobe Bryant scored 23 points despite 6-of-24 shooting while winning his fifth title with the Lakers, who repeated as NBA champions for the first time since winning three straight from 2000-02.

Ron Artest added 20 points for the Lakers, who shot terribly while trailing for most of the first 3 1/2 quarters. Yet they reclaimed the lead midway through the fourth quarter and hung on with big shots from Pau Gasol and Artest. With their fifth title in 11 seasons, the Lakers moved one championship behind Boston's 17 banners for the overall NBA lead. (Read more Los Angeles Lakers stories.)

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