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After 22 long years, the NBA Title is coming back to Boston. The Celtics jumped out fast and never looked back Tuesday night, embarrassing the Lakers 131-92 in Game 6 to claim the franchise’s 17th NBA Title.
The vaunted Celtics defense stepped up huge, keeping the Lakers at bay throughout most of the game, holding the Western Conference champs to just 35 first half points. Kobe Bryant started quick in the first quarter but after starting 4 of 5, he only scored one field goal in the next two full quarters of play.
Paul Pierce (17 points, 10 assists) was named Finals MVP after playing outstanding in all but one game in the series. Pierce is the only holdover from when Danny Ainge took over in 2003 and he enjoyed an emotional three-man hug with Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers as the Big 3 exited with four minutes remaining in the game.
Kevin Garnett – who was called a “fake franchise player” by a columnist at the New York Post – had a monster game, scoring 26 points and pulling down 13 boards. Ray Allen tied an NBA Finals record with seven three pointers to tally 26 points of his own.
Rajon Rondo had his best game of the playoffs as he was a terror all night scoring 21 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and a near-NBA Finals record six steals.
Doc Rivers claims his first title as an NBA head coach and keeps Phil Jackson from claiming his tenth NBA title.
SOAK IT UP BOSTON, AFTER A 24-WIN SEASON A YEAR AGO, YOUR CELTICS ARE THE CHAMPIONS OF THE NBA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!