The Los Angeles Lakers won the 2010 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 17, 2010, 83-79. This is the Lakers 16th NBA Championship Title.
Despite trailing most of the game, the Los Angeles Lakers came back to win the NBA Championship title for the second year in a row. Kobe Bryant won the 2010 NBA Finals MVP award.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Ron Artest had 20 points and 5 rebounds, Pau Gasol had 19 points and 18 rebounds and Derek Fisher scored 10 points. Andrew Bynum, playing only 19 minutes, scored 2 points and had 6 rebounds. Lamar Odom came off the bench for 7 points and 7 rebounds and Sasha Vujacic contributed 2 points from the bench.
Paul Pierce led the Boston Celtics with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Garnett had 17 points and 4 blocks, Rajon Rondo had 14 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds, Ray Allen scored 13 points and Rasheed Wallace, starting for Kendrick Perkins, scored 11 points and had 8 rebounds. Glen Davis came off the bench for 6 points and 9 rebounds.
Kendrick Perkins did not play in game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals. Perkins was injured in Game 6 with what the Celtics are calling sprained ligaments in his right knee. Perkins himself said he tore his medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments.
“This one is by far the sweetest, because it’s them,” Bryant said. “This was the hardest one by far. I wanted it so bad, and sometimes when you want it so bad, it slips away from you. My guys picked me up.”
When Phil Jackson was asked about his future in coaching he said, “I got to take a deep breath. I got to take some time to think about this,” Jackson said. “This was great I’ll wait to make that decision in a week.”
“He knows how bad I want him back,” Bryant said about Phil Jackson’s future coaching the Lakers. “I’ve been openly blunt about how much I want him back.”
Phil Jackson now has 11 NBA Championships as a coach.
Ron Artest was the only newcomer to last season’s Lakers roster and this was his first NBA Championship title.
“Well, first of all I want to thank everybody in my hood,” Artest said in an ABC interview right after the game. “I definitely want to thank my doctors … my psychiatrist, she really helped me relax a lot.”