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  The Big Legendary: Shaquille O'Neal lifts Kobe Bryant in a celebratory hug. AP

It's a wrap

Lakers celebrate season's end with title

Even as they amassed a 67-15 record during the regular season, the Lakers played with a cloud over their heads. Dominating from November to April was one thing, but could they win when it really counted? With their 116-111 victory over the Pacers in Game 6, the Lakers silenced the critics, took their trophy and went home. Unfortunately for the other 28 teams in the NBA, they'll be back.

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Game 5: Pacers trounce Lakers to extend series
With their backs against the wall, the Pacers came out firing and sent the series back to L.A.
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Game 4: Lakers take 3-1 series lead with OT win
Kobe Bryant made three of the most clutch shots of his career to lead L.A. to the 120-118 victory.
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Game 3: Pacers come out shooting to win at home
Reggie Miller scored 33 points as the Pacers trimmed the Lakers' series lead to 2-1.
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Game 2: Without Kobe, Lakers take 2-0 series lead
Shaquille O'Neal was at it again -- and this time, he got in the record books.
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Game 1: Shaq, Lakers dominate in 104-87 win
Shaquille O'Neal scored 43 points and pulled down 18 boards in the Lakers' home win.
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Game 6
Closer Look: Late 'fouls' doom Pacers
Locker Rooms: Pacers | Lakers
On the court: Shaq keeps switch in check
Reactions: Users predict Lakers dynasty
Boom Box: Battle of Los Angeles

Game 5
Closer Look: 'Teardrop' nips Lakers' comeback
Locker Rooms: Lakers | Pacers
On the Court: Lakers very relaxed
Reactions: Even championship teams lose games
Boom Box: Five alive

Game 4
Closer Look: Kobe's shining moment
Locker Rooms: Lakers | Pacers
On the Court: Rain can't dampen Hoosier spirits
Reactions: A sign of things to come

Game 3
Closer Look: Mad scramble goes Indy's way
Locker Rooms: Lakers | Pacers
On the Court: Dressed for the occasion
Reactions: Pacers finally awaken

Game 2
Closer Look: The Passing Man
Locker Rooms: Lakers | Pacers
On the Court: Expect a louder L.A. crowd
Reactions: Miller goes flat

Game 1
Closer Look: Kobe takes over when it counts
Locker Rooms: Lakers | Pacers
On the Court: Celeb city
Reactions: Unstoppable Shaq

Day at a Glance
June 19: Is it safe?
June 18: The psychology of the Finals
June 17: A little help here, please!
June 16: Pacers are good, but ...
June 15: Anatomy of a classic
June 14: Getting Smits untracked
June 13: Sharpshooter not so sharp
June 12: Learning the double
June 11: Lakers different without Kobe
June 10: Sweet Home Indiana
June 9: Learning to be champs
June 8: Double trouble
June 7: Pacers aren't pretty
June 6: According to plan

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