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NBA Finals Game 7: Lakers beat Celtics, win 16th title

NBA Finals Game 7: It wasn't the prettiest NBA finals game but Game 7 went to the Lakers 83-79 over the Boston Celtics.

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NBA Finals Game 7: Los Angeles Lakers are the champs beating the Boston Celtics 83 - 79. In this photo Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest talk on the floor during the first half.

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Purple and gold confetti raining down upon him, Kobe Bryant hopped up on the scorer's table, shook his fists and extended five fingers.

When he hopped down, Boston's legendary Hall of Fame center Bill Russell was waiting to shake his hand.

A Game 7 classic — and this time, it finally went the Lakers' way.

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

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Kobe Bryant, the finals MVP, scored 23 points despite 6-of-24 shooting and the Lakers won their 16th NBA championship Thursday night, dramatically rallying from a fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 83-79 in Game 7 of the NBA finals.

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

"This one is by far the sweetest, because it's them," Bryant said. "This was the hardest one by far."

"I wanted it so bad, and sometimes when you want it so bad, it slips away from you. My guys picked me up."

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