Thursday, February 24, 2011



Jun. 04, 2010 - Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA, United States - epa02187894 Los Angeles Lakers' Josh Powell during a practice session at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA, 04 June 2010. This NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics is the 12th time that the 17 time champion Celtics and the 15 time champion Lakers have met in the 64 year history of the NBA Finals with Boston taking nine of those series.

(Josh Powell, NBA Finals 2010)

104-80. Now that's more like it. Speaking of rebounding the Lakers needed to bounce back and make a statement that they where still the reigning champion and by routing contender Atlanta they did that. The Lake Show had the talons to law the Hawks by 24 ending a 3 game losing streak. Coming off an All-Star MVP at home in Los Angeles, Kobe scored 20 in the Lakers return to Staples. Fellow All-Star Gasol added 14 points and 10 rebounds, doubling up in strength in numbers. All-franchise Joe Johnson scored 14 for the ATL, but Shannon Brown had 14 off the bench as the Lakers matched everything Atlanta had. The only bright-spot for the Hawks came before the game when reserve and last year Laker, Josh Powell was presented with his championship ring. Coach Jackson praised the hard-worker for his practice intensity and contributions to the championship. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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