*Alrighty then! B-ball fans are gonna get their wish: The Boston Celtics vs the Los Angeles Lakers to see who’ll be crowned the 2010 world champions in the NBA finals which begin on Thursday, June 3.
The Celtics beat Orlando Friday night and earned the right to represent the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, Saturday night the Lakers, behind the brilliant play of the “Black Mamba,” Kobe Bryant, defeated the Phoenix Suns for he right to rep the Western Conference.
In the game, Bryant wrapped up an extremely competitive series with 37 points, Ron Artest added 25 and the Lakers held off the Phoenix Suns 111-103.
“We’ll see how much we matured,” Bryant said about meeting Boston in the finals. “They challenged us extremely well in the Finals a couple years ago. Now is a chance to see how much we’ve grown.”
Bryant scored nine points in the final two minutes, including what looked like an impossible 23-footer with Grant Hill in his face and 34 seconds to play. The basket put Los Angeles up 107-100 and the scrappy Suns were finished.
Amar’e Stoudemire, in what may have been his last game with the Suns, scored 27 points but struggled to a 7-of-20 shooting night. Steve Nash had 21 points and nine assists in his 118th playoff game, the most for anyone who has never reached the Finals.
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