The Celtics won their 17th title last night in Boston. Capturing by a 39 point lead 131-92 in a Game 6 victory over the Lakers. The 39-point gap was the largest winning margin in a clinching game in NBA Finals history.
Coach Rivers, barely a year after pulling into the dock with a 24-win team, stood with his arms crossed to the end. But his calm was finally washed away when Pierce came up from behind and doused him with a bucket of red Gatorade. The coach turned and hugged his captain.
Kobe shot 7-for-22 for his 22 points. The Lakers shot 42.2 percent, including a 23 percent second quarter. L.A. were outrebounded by a 48-29 margin and turned the ball over 19 times to the Celtics’ eight.