Los Angeles Lakers defeat Boston Celtics, 83-79

LOS ANGELES — In the end, a team that spent all season dealing with — but never solving — their fourth-quarter woes was done in by it.

The Celtics fell short in their quest for NBA title No. 18 last night at Staples Center because they couldn’t finish off the Lakers. They watched a 3-point lead with 6:29 left suddenly turn into a 6-point deficit. The Celtics played a brilliant game up to that point, and needed a series of big plays to polish off a masterpiece.

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LOS ANGELES — For a while it looked as if maybe they’d be smoking victory cigars in a champagne-soaked visitors’ locker room at Staples Center.

But then the Celtics wilted, turned into pumpkins, and suddenly there was gold and purple confetti raining down on their heads.

The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Celtics, 83-79, in Game 7 of the NBA Finals last night, purging a few of those Green Ghosts of decades past. Series MVP Kobe Bryant scored 23 points, but made only 6 o...

LOS ANGELES — It was always about adversity. Kevin Garnett’s knee. Glen Davis’s fight. From the start of the season, the troubles seemed to come in a constant downpour. But it was always about how the Celtics would handle them.

The trade rumors. The inner turmoil. The frustration that simmered as they absorbed embarrassing regular-season losses. How would they respond to it all?

They would have been fooling themselves if they believed that Kendrick Perkins’s knee inj...

LOS ANGELES — It was always about adversity. Kevin Garnett’s knee. Glen Davis’s fight. From the start of the season, the troubles seemed to come in a constant downpour. But it was always about how the Celtics would handle them.

The trade rumors. The inner turmoil. The frustration that simmered as they absorbed embarrassing regular-season losses. How would they respond to it all?

They would have been fooling themselves if they believed that Kendrick Perkins’s knee inj...

LOS ANGELES — Ugly doesn’t begin to describe it. Let’s just say it wasn’t exactly choreographed by George Balanchine.

It was a brutal, ugly mess, which means it should have belonged to the Boston Celtics.

Nope, sorry. When it came time to put things in order, it was the Los Angeles Lakers who seized control, the Los Angeles Lakers who made the winning plays, and the Los Angeles Lakers who accepted the Lawrence O’Brien Trophy from commissioner David Stern.

“Well, i...