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Lakers edge Celtics in Game 7, win 16th title

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reacts during the second half of Game 7 of the NBA basketball finals against the Boston Celtics on Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) By Mark J. Terrill Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reacts during the second half of Game 7 of the NBA basketball finals against the Boston Celtics on Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) By Mark J. Terrill
Boston Celtics center Rasheed Wallace blocks a shot by Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol of Spain during the first half of Game 7 of the NBA basketball finals Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) By Chris Pizzello Boston Celtics center Rasheed Wallace blocks a shot by Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol of Spain during the first half of Game 7 of the NBA basketball finals Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) By Chris Pizzello
Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett dunks during the first half of Game 7 of the NBA basketball finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) By Mark J. Terrill Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett dunks during the first half of Game 7 of the NBA basketball finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) By Mark J. Terrill
Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest and Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce scuffle during the first half of Game 7 of the NBA basketball finals Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) By Jae C. Hong Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest and Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce scuffle during the first half of Game 7 of the NBA basketball finals Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) By Jae C. Hong

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Lakers have won their 16th NBA championship, dramatically rallying from a fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 83-79 Thursday night in Game 7 of the NBA finals.

Kobe Bryant scored 23 points despite 6-of-24 shooting while winning his fifth title with the Lakers, who repeated as NBA champions for the first time since winning three straight from 2000-02.

Ron Artest added 20 points for the Lakers, who shot terribly while trailing for most of the first 3 1/2 quarters. Yet they reclaimed the lead midway through the fourth quarter and hung on with big shots from Pau Gasol and Artest.

With their fifth title in 11 seasons, the Lakers moved one championship behind Boston's 17 banners for the overall NBA lead.

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