Kobe Bryant was named the Finals MVP after helping the Lakers rally in the fourth quarter for a 83-79 victory over the Celtics in Game 7 in Los Angeles.
“This is the sweetest (of the five),” Bryant said as he accepted the Bill Russell Award as Finals MVP. “We understood how badly the city wanted it. This one is by far the sweetest because it was against (Boston) and it was the hardest, by far.”
Not only was it Bryant’s fifth NBA championship but it was the first time in five tries that the Lakers defeated the Celtics in a Game 7.