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Lakers Win NBA Championship


The Los Angeles Lakers have won the National Basketball Association championship, defeating the host Orlando Magic, 99-86, in Game Five to claim the best-of-seven finals, 4-1.

All five Orlando starters scored in double figures Sunday. But they still could not hold back the Lakers, who trailed by nine points in the second period before surging ahead by 10 at halftime.

Kobe Bryant had a game high 30 points and was the finals Most Valuable Player.

Los Angeles has now won 15 NBA titles in franchise history and the first since 2002. Bryant has his fourth ring and first since Shaquille O'Neal left the team following a public feud. The win also gives Phil Jackson an NBA record 10th title as a coach.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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