Lakers Win NBA Championship

LOS ANGELES (AP) - 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.

Kobe Bryant scored 23 points despite 6-of-24 shooting while

winning his fifth title with the Lakers, who repeated as NBA

champions for the first time since winning three straight from


Ron Artest added 20 points for the Lakers, who shot terribly

while trailing for most of the first 3½ quarters. Yet they

reclaimed the lead midway through the fourth quarter and hung on

with big shots from Pau Gasol and Artest.

With their fifth title in 11 seasons, the Lakers moved one

championship behind Boston's 17 banners for the overall NBA lead.

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