CELTICS WIN SERIES 4-2

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The cigars were lit. The green party rocked. The team was bigger than just its big three. And the scene of the Celtics' title No. 17 left enduring images on a city and its fans. Stein | Simmons
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The Lakers are making their fifth Finals appearance this decade. Amazingly, that's not even in the top two for Lakers' Finals appearances by decade. They made eight appearances in the '80s (missing only in '81 and '86) and six appearances in the '60s (losing all six).

Kobe Bryant is the fifth reigning MVP since 1998 to advance to the NBA Finals. After an MVP reaches the Finals, his team almost automatically wins. Only Allen Iverson has been on the losing end of the Finals in the past 10 years.

The Celtics swept the season series 2-0 against the Lakers, winning by an average of 16 points. The Lakers did not have Pau Gasol for either matchup during the season.

The Lakers and Celtics have met in the Finals 10 times. The Celtics have dominated the matchup, winning eight out of the 10 series.

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Player Matchups

LAKERS CELTICS
D. FisherD. Fisher
Points: 11.7
Rebounds: 2.1
Assists: 2.9
PGR. RondoR. Rondo
Points: 10.6
Rebounds: 4.2
Assists: 5.1
K. BryantK. Bryant
Points: 28.3
Rebounds: 6.3
Assists: 5.4
SGR. AllenR. Allen
Points: 17.4
Rebounds: 3.7
Assists: 3.1
L. OdomL. Odom
Points: 14.2
Rebounds: 10.6
Assists: 3.5
SFP. PierceP. Pierce
Points: 19.6
Rebounds: 5.1
Assists: 4.5
V. RadmanovicV. Radmanovic
Points: 8.4
Rebounds: 3.3
Assists: 1.9
PFK. GarnettK. Garnett
Points: 18.8
Rebounds: 9.2
Assists: 3.4
P. GasolP. Gasol
Points: 18.9
Rebounds: 8.4
Assists: 3.2
CK. PerkinsK. Perkins
Points: 6.9
Rebounds: 6.1
Assists: 1.1

Season Series

Boston leads 2-0
Nov 23, 2007 @BOS 107, LAL 94Recap | Box Score
Dec 30, 2007 BOS 110, @LAL 91Recap | Box Score

Injury Report

LOS ANGELES LAKERS
lal No recent injuries
BOSTON CELTICS
bos No recent injuries

Playoff History

LAL BOS
Championships: 14
(5 as Minneapolis Lakers)
Championships: 16
Last Championship: 2002 Last Championship: 1986
Last Season:
Lost in Western Conference first round
Last Season:
Did not qualify

Team Stats (Regular Season)

  LAKERS CELTICS
PPG 108.6 100.5
RPG 44.1 42.0
APG 24.4 22.4
FG% 47.639 47.502
FT% 76.916 77.068
3P% .378 .381

Featured Comment

    Boston just was hungrier, and they played with much more passion. They truly deserve this championship.

  • Black_Mamba24

Celtics 131, Lakers 92