With the soccer world cup going on, the NBA finals took a back seat, but game 7 showed what the Lakers are capable of. Finally beating the Celtics in the NBA finals in a game 7, Los Angeles took home heir 16th championship only training the Celtics total of 17.
With all-time greats in the building like Magic Johnson, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar, the Lakers showed that they are not a one player team, with Kobe Bryant only producing 22,uncharacteristic of him, Pau Gasol getting 19 points and 18 rebounds as well as Ron Artest chipping in with 20, the Lakers overcame a third quarter 6 point deficit to come back and win in 83-79. Their clutch playing showed how much they deserved this title, winning game 6 and then 7, leaving the Celtics wondering how they could have lost the title clearly in their grasp after game 5.
Bryant though the star of the series, averaged 28.6 points in the finals, won the MVP award, while Paul Pierce, KG, Ray Allen, Rondo, and Rasheed Wallace all put in double figure scoring, and beating the Lakers for the majority of the night, but just could not close it out.
The Lakers showed that they have what it takes to come back in a tough series, and late in games, coming through it as a team, with everyone contributing something. Boston definitely not seen as a serious threat throughout the season, due to the age of their player proved that they have what it takes to be annual contenders for the championship.
All in all, it was a deserving championship for the Lakers, who were outplayed at times, but had just enough to win it at the end. Winning consecutive titles is always hard, but the LA proved that they are the top team of the 2000’s and definitely the best team off the decade, and Bryant cementing his place as the best over the past 10 years. The rivalry got violent at times, but finished with low scoring games, with a weaker offensive showing from both teams, rather than a strong defense.