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L.A. Lakers win the 2009 NBA championship

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Photo: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times

Victory is sweet. I don’t think anyone needs to tell hard charging, hoop shooting, Kobe Bryant that tonight. Bryant led the Lakers to the NBA championship title tonight, beating the Orlando Magic 99-86 in the fifth game of the NBA finals.

Bryant scored 30 points, six rebounds, and five assists in the title clincher. Along with the title, Bryant won the MVP trophy for the NBA Finals. This is the 15th NBA championship for the Lakers. The fourth for Bryant and probably best of all, his first without center Shaquille O’Neal. Bryant has silenced the naysayers. He has proven he can win the big one without Shaq.   

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