Celtics 131 Lakers 92 – As a whole, the Western Conference was definitely stronger; but the best team came from the East. The Boston Celtics just demolished the Los Angeles Lakers to win their first title in 22 years. Defense wins championships, and this time was no different. Everytime a Laker wanted to dribble penetrate, an extra Celtic defender was there to close the gap or rotate over to the open man. The much maligned Rajon Rondo (21 pts, 8 asst, 7 reb) came up huge, especially in jumping the passing lanes with his 6 steals. He ignited fast breaks and that resulted in easy layups or open three point attempts.
Boston dominated every facet of this game. Ray Allen hit seven three pointers, Kevin Garnett had another double-double, and Paul Pierce’s (Finals MVP) 10 assists led the way. The bench came up big. James Posey, Eddie House, PJ Brown among others stepped up and didn’t drop a beat. The game itself was anticlimactic, it was never really in doubt after the Celtics went on a run to push their halftime lead to 23. You could see there was no fight in this Lakers’ team. Like they were just running through the motions waiting for the team flight back to LA.
Kobe Bryant started out hitting his first four shots, but only managed to make 3 of his next 18. Kobe is the best basketball player on the planet today, but can we please stop comparing him to Michael Jordan. Congratulations BOSTON!!!!! GREEN 17!!!!!!!!!!