As many experts had predicted at the onset of the NBA season, the Lakers won their second consecutive championship last night in L.A. with an 83-79 Game 7 victory over the Boston Celtics.
The 2010 Lakers squad rewrote the history books by becoming the first Lakers team to win against the Boston Celtics in a Game 7 of a NBA Finals series; they were previously 0-4.
Unlike the previous six games in the series, Kobe Bryant fought through an atypical shooting night, 6-24 for 23 points, but was able to grab 15 rebs. Ron Artest scored a much needed 20points while Pau Gasol added 19points and 18 rebs.
With this victory Phil Jackson increased his title mark to eleven (most by any coach in NBA history), but is unsure if he’ll return to coach the team next season.
Kobe Bryant, finally, is rightfully in the conversation with all the Lakers greats and even Michael Jordan. He’s won 5< championships thus far and is young enough to win a couple more, he’ll be 32 at the start of the 2010-11 season.
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