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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.
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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.
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.
SPORTS
June 15, 2001 | SHAUN POWELL, NEWSDAY
A player named Bryant had a chance to win a title in Philadelphia once before. His team also had a behemoth center and a two-game lead in the NBA Finals. Problem was, Joe "Jelly Bean" Bryant and the 76ers never became champions 24 years ago. They had Darryl Dawkins, George McGinnis, Julius Erving, Doug Collins and no idea how to close out the Portland Trail Blazers in 1977.
SPORTS
June 15, 2001 | J.A. ADANDE
Just because things are good in Lakerland doesn't mean every player has always bathed in champagne. Rick Fox, Ron Harper and Brian Shaw have all played for bad teams. They have been around the league enough to have worn a total of 10 different jerseys among them. Although the combination of Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant might make Laker championships seem inevitable, each of these three players once viewed the prospect of holding the Larry O'Brien trophy as unlikely.
NEWS
June 14, 2001 | MICHAEL WILBON, WASHINGTON POST
The 76ers found out in Game 4 what it felt like to be Portland and Sacramento and San Antonio. They found out what it felt like to be dunked on, get their shots blocked, be overwhelmed on the boards, have their spirit totally extinguished. The Los Angeles Lakers played Wednesday night with great purpose, perhaps even anger. There was one stretch in the first half in which the Lakers attacked for eight straight baskets inside of three feet, five of them dunks.
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