Sweet Redemption

Posted: June 18, 2010 by NattieLiz in Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

On Thursday night the Los Angeles Lakers fought tooth and nail to win Game 7 of the NBA Finals, making them Back to Back NBA CHAMPIONS!!!!! The Lakers came out seeking redemption for the Celtics win in the 2008 Finals, and they more than achieved that.

Being a LA native, I was fortunate enough to be here to experience one of the greatest games of the Lakers 2010 season. Every single bar was packing up at 3pm, with a 6pm game tip-off. The Staple Center was insane, and you could feel the excitement and tension in the city all day. I was lucky enough to share a bar stool with my best friend, but my butt cheek didn’t stay down long, because by the 3rd quarter you could not help but stand, scream, cheer, and throw a ton of high fives!

This was one of the worst starts in the entire Lakers season. The Celtics had great and almost unstoppable defense.  The Celtics lead 40- 34 at the half, but this was only the start of one of the toughest wins in Lakers history.  The Celtics kept up their momentum and the Lakers struggled to gain any kind of control. In the 3rd quarter the Celtics were up by double digits, but at the start of the 4th quarter it was a 4 point game.  Then, Los Angeles’s hero, Derek Fisher came in with the 3  to tie it up.  This started the Lakers game winning drive, The Lakers came back from a 13 point deficit to beat Boston 83-79.

Kobe was the Finals MVP, but this was by far his worse game. Artest, was the games MVP, a well deserved honor.  It is his first ring, he had 20 points,  5 rebounds, and 5 steals. The classic quote of the night came from Artest, “I’d like to thank my psychiatrist”.  Hey, he might be crazy, but crazy just paid off!

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