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SPORTS
June 17, 2001 | RICH HOFMANN, PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS
He was born here and he was raised here. He got married here and he got wealthy here. Pat Croce is about here, about Philadelphia--which explains most of this. Or, as Croce would say on the final night of the ride, "It's just a special thing. The fans have been so special. They've been great all year. They were great tonight--such class tonight, such character." The 76ers' season had been over for 15 minutes or so. Croce, the team president, was basking in both the sadness and the glow.
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NEWS
June 16, 2001 | LONNIE WHITE and DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Lakers, cementing a new reign as the best team in basketball, claimed their second straight National Basketball Assn. championship Friday night with a decisive Game 5 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. At First Union Center in Philadelphia, the team capped an often tumultuous season by defeating the 76ers, 108-96.
NEWS
June 16, 2001 | Lonnie White
The beat-up Philadelphia 76ers learned a valuable lesson in losing to the Lakers in five games, and that's if you want to be a champion it's best that you take the shortest route possible to reach the Finals. With their gas tank basically empty, the 76ers came up short against the Lakers in Game 5 on Friday. In the first three playoff rounds, Philadelphia needed 18 games compared to the Lakers, who advanced in only 11.
NEWS
June 16, 2001 | BILL PLASCHKE
A Hollywood axiom was dumped on its blow-dried head here Friday by a team more about scars than sunsets, with a spirit thick enough to be imprinted on a sidewalk. Sequels never work? This one did. About midnight here, the final credits were dragged across the First Union Center floor by the rumbling, swaggering, champagne-soaked and howling Lakers. The NBA Championship Returns.
SPORTS
June 15, 2001 | Lonnie White
Instead of win or go home, it's win or watch the Lakers celebrate for the Philadelphia 76ers tonight at First Union Center. It's not the type of scene they want to experience, but Allen Iverson said Game 5 is going to be an uphill battle because of Laker center Shaquille O'Neal. "We are taking a lot of outside shots and that's mainly because Shaq is just standing in the middle," Iverson said after the 76ers' workout Thursday.
SPORTS
June 15, 2001 | LONNIE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unless the Philadelphia 76ers add a few new wrinkles tonight, their summer vacation will start Saturday and Los Angeles will have to brace itself for another victory parade. The Lakers have been making all the right moves since a loss in Game 1 and stand a victory from a second consecutive NBA championship. What can the 76ers do to stop the Lakers' championship parade?
SPORTS
June 15, 2001 | Tim Brown
Since their 33-point loss at Indiana in Game 5 of the NBA Finals last season, the Lakers are 4-0 in close-out games, a run that brings them to tonight, Game 5 against the Philadelphia 76ers, with nothing more on the line than their second consecutive NBA title. In the Western Conference segment of their romp to the brink of repeating, the Lakers won their three elimination games by an average of 16 points.
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