LOS ANGELES (AP) - Perhaps now the Los Angeles Lakers can put
the anguish of losing the NBA finals to Boston and the embarrassment over the way it ended behind them. Kobe Bryant had 27 points and seven assists, Pau Gasol scored seven of his 20 points in the final three minutes, and the Lakers beat Boston 92 - 83 Thursday to snap the Celtics' franchise - record 19 - game winning streak.
The game was the first between the teams since the Celtics
romped to a 131 - 92 victory in game six of the finals last June to win
their first championship in 22 years and league - high 17 th title.
The Lakers blew a 24 - point second-quarter lead in game four at Staples Center to fall behind 3 - 1, a deficit that's never been overcome in the finals.
The victory was the 1,000th for Phil Jackson, enabling him to
become the sixth NBA coach to reach that milestone. The 63 - year - old
Jackson has a career record of 1,000 - 423 in 17 - plus seasons as
coach of the Chicago Bulls and Lakers. He became the fastest to win
1,000 games, surpassing Pat Riley, who did it in 1,434 games.
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