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Rivalry Renewed, Again: Celtics-Lakers In 2010 NBA Finals

The NBA’s two most decorated franchises, the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers, have grown their rivalry over 50 years. From 1959-2008, the Celtics and Lakers met in the NBA Finals 11 times, with Boston taking the titles early and most often. In June 2010, the Lakers took Round 12.

Relive the hoop history with our interactive timeline and leave your favorite Celtics-Lakers memories in the comments section below.

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2010 NBA Finals:

Kobe Bryant scored 30 points, Pau Gasol had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and defending champion Los Angeles got tough in a 102-89 Game 1 victory.

Ray Allen set a Finals three-point record and Rajon Rondo had his fifth postseason triple-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to lead Boston to a 103-94 victory over Los Angeles.

One game after setting a sharp-shooting record, Ray Allen’s misfiring and Derek Fisher’s late baskets helped Los Angeles win 91-84 and take a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

Glen “Big Baby” Davis led the Celtics bench on a game-changing run, scoring half of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as Boston pulled away from the Los Angeles Lakers to win 96-89 and knot the best-of-seven series at two games apiece.

Paul Pierce scored 27 points — his best performance of this year’s finals — and the Celtics withstood 38 points from Kobe Bryant to beat the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers 92-86 and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Kobe Bryant scored 26 points, Pau Gasol added 17 points and 13 rebounds, and the Lakers emphatically earned a grand finale with a 89-67 victory over the Celtics.

The Los Angeles Lakers won their 16th NBA championship, dramatically rallying from a fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 83-79 in Game 7 of the NBA finals.

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