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  Kobe Bryant and the Lakers took their game to another level in the 2001 postseason. AP

Elevation

Lakers rise to
the occasion,
make history

Los Angeles laid claim to the best postseason winning percentage in NBA history Friday night. With the 108-96 Game 5 win over the Sixers, the Lakers ended the 2001 postseason with a record of 15-1 to wrap up their second consecutive league title. Shaquille O'Neal had 29 points and 13 rebounds on the way to his second Finals MVP award.

Video Box: Man of Steel
One-on-One: Phil Jackson
Video Box: Quote me on that
Reaction: No dynasty in L.A. -- yet


One-on-One
Kobe Bryant talks about his team's only playoff loss, earning the final three wins in his hometown and Shaq.
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SI's Marty Burns: Inside the NBA
Allen Iverson will emerge a winner either way.

SI's Alexander Wolff: The Hoop Life
The 2001 Finals have a familiar look to them.



Conference Finals Series Page
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Milwaukee Bucks

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Philadelphia vs. Toronto | Milwaukee vs. Charlotte

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Milwaukee vs. Orlando | Philadelphia vs. Indiana
Miami vs. Charlotte | New York vs. Toronto



Conference Finals Series Page
L.A. Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs

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L.A. vs. Sacramento | San Antonio vs. Dallas

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L.A. vs. Portland | San Antonio vs. Minnesota
Sacramento vs. Phoenix | Utah vs. Dallas



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Adding insult to Iverson's injuries

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Dynasty in the making



Sixers 107, Lakers 101, OT Recap | Summary
Lakers 98, Sixers 89 Recap | Summary
Lakers 96, Sixers 91 Recap | Summary
Lakers 100, Sixers 86 Recap | Summary
Lakers 108, Sixers 96 (Lakers win 4-1) Recap | Summary
Full NBA Playoff Scoreboard


Lakers celebrate title with encore parade
Lakers focused on creating dynasty after repeat
Finals earn highest ratings in three years
Heart, resolve carried Sixers to NBA Finals
SI's Burns: Brown will continue coaching Sixers


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Playoff layoff no problem for L.A.


 

 
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