THROWBACK: Celtics defeat Lakers for 2008 championship
NBA.com Global on Jun 18, 2018 07:44 AM
BOSTON - JUNE 17: The Boston Celtics organization celebrate with the Larry O'Brien championship trophy after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Six of the 2008 NBA Finals on June 17, 2008 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics won 131-92 to capture the NBA Championship. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)
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On June 17, 2008, the Boston Celtics powered past the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals to win their 17th NBA title in franchise history.
The Celtics quickly jumped on the Lakers in the closeout game to lead 58-35 at halftime. After a dominant third quarter, the Celtics slammed on the gas pedal in the fourth to seal the title with a dominant, 131-92 final score. It was the Celtics first NBA championship since 1986.
Paul Pierce finished with averages of 21.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds during The Finals to win Finals MVP.
The Celtics, who added Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett during the previous summer, joined the 1977 Portland Trail Blazers and the 1975 Golden State Warriors as the only teams to win an NBA title one year after missing the playoffs.