In Vegas they say “Always bet on black”. In basketball, I say, “Always bet on defense”.
The Celtics won 81 games this season, including 16 in the playoffs. Their transformation from NBA laughingstock (they won 24 games last year) to NBA Champions has been swift and dramatic.
Final score — Boston: 131; Lakers 92
Tonight, some 20,000 Celtics fans had the chance to say, “I was there” to see Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and Coach Doc Rivers and the rest of the best defense team in the NBA dominate the LA Lakers. Garnett scored 26 points with 14 rebounds, Allen scored 26 and Pierce, the finals MVP, scored 17.
Accolades to Kobe Bryant, he was valiant but the rest of his team just did not show up.
The Celtics did everything right: they rebounded, they stole the ball and they scored!
The last Boston team to win a championship at home was the 1985-86 Celtics, who on June 8, 1986, polished off the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Kevin Garnett was disappointed with how he played in Game 5, but in Game 6 he stepped it up and put on a show. To be fair, the Celtics played great team ball – everyone did their part, everyone stepped up.
Congratulations Celtics on NBA championship number 17!!!