LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant couldn't make a field goal. Pau Gasol couldn't make a free throw. Andrew Bynum couldn't play in the fourth quarter.
Anyone care? Lakers fans?
The Lakers won their second consecutive NBA title Thursday night by out-gritting Boston 83-79 in a Game 7 that had very few good individual performances but all sorts of hustle and effort. The Lakers dominated the Celtics on the boards, got rugged defense from Ron Artest on Paul Pierce, and withstood a late barrage of 3-pointers from the Celtics.
Rajon Rondo's 3-pointer with 16.2 seconds left drew Boston within 81-79, but Sasha Vujacic hit two free throws with 11.7 seconds left to seal it.