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LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant and Lakers coach Phil Jackson haven’t really checked out the Miami Heat much this season. They’ve caught late-night highlights and maybe logged a few minutes with a game from the opposite coast, but not a whole lot more. It’s finally time for the two-time champions to get an up-close look at their most intriguing challengers.
The Los Angeles Lakers have won their 16th NBA championship, dramatically rallying from a fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 83-79 Thursday night in Game 7 of the NBA finals.
Photos from the Lakers' title-clinching victory in Game 7 of the NBA finals against the Boston Celtics.
Backup Glen “Big Baby” Davis scored half of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Celtics bench as it pulled away from the Los Angeles Lakers to win 96-89 on Thursday night and even the best-of-seven series at two games apiece.
Kobe Bryant scored 30 points as Lakers take Game 1 in NBA finals.
LOS ANGELES – Even on a balky knee, Kobe Bryant had no problem giving the Los Angeles Lakers an early leg up in the Western Conference finals.
Shaquille O’Neal scored 33 points and the Suns overcame a 49-point performance by Kobe Bryant to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 118-111 at Phoenix. Matt Barnes added 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Suns, without Steve Nash for the third straight game because of a sprained right ankle, beat the Lakers for the first time in four tries this season.
PHOENIX – Their triumphant reunion complete, Shaquille O’Neal revealed that Kobe Bryant let him keep the All-Star MVP trophy they shared. Bryant doesn’t need it. He’s got his eyes on a much bigger prize.
No second All-Star. No triple-double for LeBron James. And now, no more home winning streak. It’s been a rough few days for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Lamar Odom made a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left in overtime to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 110-109 victory over host Boston on Thursday night and snap the Celtics’ 12-game winning streak. Kobe Bryant scored 26 points with 10 rebounds and Paul Gasol had 24 and 14 for the Lakers.
Kobe Bryant broke the record for the current Madison Square Garden with 61 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers looked plenty potent without Andrew Bynum in a 126-117 victory over the Knicks in New York. Bryant bettered Bernard King’s mark of 60 points at MSG, set on Christmas Day 1984, with two foul shots with 2:33 to play.
Kobe Bryant scored 22 points before sitting out the fourth quarter, Pau Gasol added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists, and the Lakers routed the San Antonio Spurs 99-85 Sunday at Los Angeles. The win was the fourth straight and 14th in 17 games for the Lakers (35-8), whose .814 winning percentage is the best in the NBA although the defending champion Boston Celtics (37-9) lead them by a half-game in the overall standings by virtue of their victory over Dallas.
Roger Mason hit a jumper with 10 seconds left and made a free throw after being fouled by Derrick Fisher, and the host San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Lakers 112-111 Wednesday in the first meeting between the teams since the Western Conference finals. The Lakers failed to get a final shot off when Trevor Ariza was called for traveling.
My schedule didn’t allow me to attend the latest game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. Hey, cut me some slack. Even Jack Nicholson misses a game here and there.