After losing to the Celtics in the 2008 Finals, the Lakers finally got revenge with an 83-79 win for their 16th NBA championship. It was the fifth Lakers-Celtics Game 7 in Finals history, and thought it got off to a sloppy start, it ended in thrilling fashion. Here are some of the best shots from L.A.'s second straight championship.
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Finals MVP Kobe Bryant picked up his fifth championship ring, but it didn't come easy. He struggled to find his rhythm offensively, but managed to make up for it on the defensive end, where he grabbed 11 of his 15 total rebounds.
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The Lakers acquired Ron Artest last summer for his defensive prowess, and, on Thursday, he provided that and much more with 20 points and five steals while holding Boston's Paul Pierce to just 5-of-15 shooting.
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Since 2008, Pau Gasol had been criticized for being "soft" against Kevin Garnett. But in this year's Finals, the 7-foot Spaniard got the best of his Celtic counterpart, tallying 19 points, 18 rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots in Game 7.
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Artest, too, ran into trouble offensively, shooting 7-of-18 from the field while connecting on only 50 percent of his attempts from the foul line.
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Rajon Rondo, who has been the Celtics' leader this postseason, turned in a near-triple-double (14 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds).
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Kevin Garnett had 17 points and four blocks, but his plus/minus ratio was -4.
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With Kendrick Perkins sidelined with a knee injury, Rasheed Wallace took his place down low where he had the unenviable task of defending Lakers' big man Andrew Bynum, who also had a bum knee, but played through the pain for more than 18 minutes to grab six rebounds.
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Glen Davis was the only Boston bench player to score (six points) while also coming up big on the glass (nine rebounds).
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Bryant came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 of his game-high 23 points and sparking a Lakers rally for the lead.
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With his second title in three Finals appearances, Gasol earned a place among the best big men in recent years.
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Paul Pierce had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Celtics, who just couldn't close out the last quarter of a stunning playoff run.
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Bryant is now one championship shy of tying Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who own six career titles.
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