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Banner Night in Boston as Celtics Rout Lakers

Howard Beck New York Times 18.06.2008
The Celtics celebrate after defeating the Lakers to win the N.B.A. championship in Boston on Tuesday. Mike Segar/Reuters

BOSTON — A championship waited to be claimed Tuesday night, if only the Boston Celtics could fight through exhaustion, attrition and whatever Kobe Bryant unleashed upon them.

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Celtics look to wrap up their record 17th championship and first in 22 years when they host the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.


Lakers say they're far from finished

Mike Bresnahan Los Angeles Times 17.06.2008
Lakers say they're far from finished

BOSTON -- The Lakers returned to Boston to find fewer headaches than on their last trip here.

Houston Rockets Yao Ming of China waits to be announced before the running of the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race in Concord, North Carolina May 25, 2008.  REUTERS/Chris Keane

BEIJING (Reuters) - Yao Ming, China's most popular sportsman, will make his return from foot surgery to play for his country against Iran in next month's Stankovic Cup, local media has reported.


Kobe, Lakers just good enough in Game 5

Mark Kriegel Fox Sports 16.06.2008
Kobe, Lakers just good enough in Game 5

LOS ANGELES - The play to be recalled was the steal, officially recorded with 40.9 seconds remaining in Game 3. Paul Pierce — with 38 points, the evening's dominant player — was bringing the ball up the court with the Celtics down a basket, 97-95.

First Down

Stephen Whyno The Washington Times 15.06.2008
Associated Press Kobe Bryant

SUNDAY'S BEST BET ON TELEVISION - The Celtics try to win another championship for New England tonight in Game 5 against the Lakers. 9 p.m., chs. 7, 2


Shell-shocked Lakers on brink, down 3-1 in Finals vs. Celtics

MITCH LAWRENCE New York Daily News 14.06.2008
Shell-shocked Lakers on brink, down 3-1 in Finals vs. Celtics

LOS ANGELES - One of the more stunning NBA Finals in recent memory can end Sunday with the Celtics closing out the Lakers, who tried Friday to cope with their historic collapse Thursday night.

Lakers' devastating fall isn't new for Los Angeles

Chris Dufresne Los Angeles Times 14.06.2008
Lakers' devastating fall isn't new for Los Angeles

The Lakers' stunning collapse Thursday night against the Boston Celtics remained the talk of the town Friday. And the language employed by Lakers fans, in Internet postings and on the airwaves, often included the word "choke," or synonyms for it.


Celtics Counter Lakers' Punch

Michael Lee The Washington Post 13.06.2008
(By Mark J. Terrill -- Associated Press)

Boston Clamps Down on Defense, Overcomes 24-Point Deficit to Stun Los Angeles

Raptors looking to buy out Garbajosa: reports

Eric Koreen The Vancouver Sun 12.06.2008
Raptors looking to buy out Garbajosa: reports

TORONTO - Whenever Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell was questioned about the team's struggles this season, he had a go-to explanation: injuries.


Seattle Storm beats Mercury 83-77

SEATTLE (AP) - Storm forward Sheryl Swoopes showed flashes of her old form against the Phoenix Mercury on Wednesday night, scoring a season-high 17 points to help Seattle to an 83-77 victory.


REUTERS/Chris Pizzello

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kevin Garnett needs to emerge from his scoring slump in the NBA finals if the Boston Celtics are going to win their record 17th title, Coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday.

Lakers hold off Celtics in Game Three

Kobe Bryant scored 36 points and Sasha Vujacic added 20 off the bench as the Los Angeles Lakers executed down the stretch en route to a crucial 87-81 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game Three of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.


LA takes advantage as misfiring Celtics stumble into a loss

Marc J. Spears The Boston Globe 11.06.2008
LA takes advantage as misfiring Celtics stumble into a loss

LOS ANGELES - Instead of finding an excuse to "whine" like Lakers coach Phil Jackson after Game 2, Doc Rivers just accepted the Celtics' first loss of the NBA Finals and told his team to do the same.

Kobe Bryant digs in to haul LA Lakers back into the NBA finals against Boston Celtics

Just hours after disgraced former referee Tim Donaghy claimed that officials deliberately affected the outcome of key play-off games under instruction from the NBA, the LA Lakers and Boston Celtics did their best to detract from the growing contro...


NBA: Boston 108, LA Lakers 102

The Money Times 10.06.2008
NBA: Boston 108, LA Lakers 102

Boston -- Paul Pierce had 28 points and the Boston Celtics held off a furious fourth-quarter comeback Sunday to beat the LA Lakers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Big 3 played as 1 to help Celtics return to Finals

JIMMY GOLEN Seattle Post-Intelligencer 10.06.2008
Big 3 played as 1 to help Celtics return to Finals

BOSTON -- Three stars. One basketball. Zero complaints. Boston's Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are playing for a championship in their first year together, finding success in the kind of selflessness only losing can teach.


Man of 'singular purpose'

Barker Davis The Washington Times 10.06.2008
Getty Images John Thompson III: "We will win a national championship. We will."

Thompson keeps focus on winning title with Hoyas

Game 3 is Lakers deadline to get act together against Celtics

Mike Bresnahan Los Angeles Times 10.06.2008
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Well, this is awkward. And somewhat unexpected. And even troubling for the Lakers.



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