BACK-TO-BACK CHAMPIONSHIPS - As a Laker fan since they moved to LA, this is one of the sweetest playoff games I ever saw them win! Beating the hated Boston Celtics in a Game 7 has never happened before. Up till now all four Game 7’s between the two storied franchises in their history, had gone to the Celtics. The real MVPs of the game were Ron Artest and Pau Gasol, but Kobe got the award based upon the whole series.
Winning this series against the Celtics makes up for the Finals two years ago when the Celtics beat the Lakers. This time, the Lakers weren’t bullied by the Bean Town Boys, and actually roughed them up in a decidedly ugly game.
PHOTO - Kobe Bryant runs up the court as the Lakers win their second consecutive NBA title in an 83-79 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / June 17, 2010)