Lakers edge Celtics in Game 7, win 16th title

(AP) - The Los Angeles Lakers have won their 16thNBA championship, dramatically rallying from a fourth-quarterdeficit to beat the Boston Celtics 83-79 Thursday night in Game 7of the NBA finals.

Kobe Bryant scored 23 points despite 6-of-24 shooting whilewinning his fifth title with the Lakers, who repeated as NBAchampions for the first time since winning three straight from2000-02.

Ron Artest added 20 points for the Lakers, who shot terriblywhile trailing for most of the first 3½ quarters. Yet theyreclaimed the lead midway through the fourth quarter and hung onwith big shots from Pau Gasol and Artest.

With their fifth title in 11 seasons, the Lakers moved onechampionship behind Boston's 17 banners for the overall NBA lead.

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