Jun 18, 2010 3:11 AM

Lakers win 16th NBA title

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant hopped up on the scorer's table, shook his fists and extended five fingers.

That's five, as in five NBA championships.

This time a Game 7 in the NBA Finals, it finally went the Lakers' way.

Beating Boston for the first time in a Game 7, the Lakers came up champions again after trailing by 13 points midway through the third quarter of the last game of their season.

Bryant, the finals MVP, scored 23 points despite 6-of-24 shooting and the Lakers won their 16th NBA championship, dramatically rallying to beat the Boston Celtics 83-79 in Game 7 of the NBA finals. It's the first time in five tries the Lakers had beaten the Celtics in a championship Game 7.

Bryant earned his fifth title with the Lakers, who repeated as NBA champions for the first time since winning three straight from 2000-02.

The finals MVP, Bryant called this title "by far the sweetest" because it was against the Celtics. He also said it was the "hardest one by far," made tougher by the fact the Lakers shot just 32.5 percent.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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