Lakers Sweep Nets for 3rd Title
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Proficiently and professionally, the Los Angeles Lakers finished strong, closed out the New Jersey Nets and won their third straight NBA title with a franchise first _ a 4-0 sweep in the finals.
Shaquille O’Neal had another dominant night Wednesday with 34 points and 10 rebounds, Kobe Bryant went back to playing a supporting role with 25 points in the 113-107 victory.
The rest of the Lakers also came up big in the deciding game _ just as they did a year ago.
It was the 14th title in franchise history, five while the team was in Minneapolis _ including a three-peat _ and nine in Los Angeles. This, however, was the first time they ever beat an opponent in four straight games.