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Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers beat Orlando Magic for Phil Jackson's record 10th NBA championship

ORLANDO — Kobe Bryant has the NBA title he needed most — the one without Shaq.

Bryant's seven-year chase of a coveted championship is over. He has his fourth, and Lakers coach Phil Jackson his record 10th, surpassing Red Auerbach.

Los Angeles earned the franchise's 15th title Sunday night as Bryant scored 30 and Pau Gasol added 14 points and 15 rebounds in a 99-86 win in Game 5 over the Magic.

"It means everything,'' said Bryant, the Finals MVP, who stepped out of former teammate Shaquille O'Neal's enormous shadow. "This is a group of guys that are like brothers to me.''

O'Neal, now with the Suns, had kind words on Twitter: "Congratulations kobe, u deserve it. You played great. Enjoy it my man enjoy it."

His fourth championship secured a case to make for Bryant being the league's best player since Michael Jordan.

His coach stands alone.

Jackson, the Zen Master who won six league titles in the 1990s with Jordan in Chicago, won No. 4 with Los Angeles and broke a tie with Auerbach as the winningest coach in Finals history.

"I'll smoke the cigar tonight in memory of Red," Jackson said. "He was a great guy."

Bryant and Jackson, whose relationship strained and briefly snapped under the weight of success, are again at the top of their games.

Bryant spent the post­season scowling and snarling, but when it was over, he leaped in joy and was engulfed by teammates.

Bryant gave a long, heartfelt hug and shared a few words with Jackson before sweeping up his daughters, both wearing gold Lakers dresses.

He had said his kids called him "Grumpy" because he was so serious about winning a title.

The arena turned silent after a stunning second quarter performance by the Lakers that took control of the game.

The Magic had control early, but the Lakers went on a 16-0 run, taking a 12-point lead in the span of 3:42.

Los Angeles outscored the Magic 20-6 in the final 6:49 and led 56-46 at halftime.

Trevor Ariza scored 11 of his 12 first-half points in the final 5:09. Bryant had 15 first-half points. Los Angeles was exceptional from 3-point range in the half, hitting 62.5 percent (5-of-8).

Magic center Dwight Howard was held to 11 points. Sharpshooting Rashard Lewis (18 points on 6-of-19 shooting) and Hedo Turkoglu (12 points) struggled. Orlando, which relies on the 3-pointer, was 8-of-26.

"What I just told Jameer (Nelson) is look at it, just see how they're celebrating," Howard said. "And it should motivate us to want to get in the gym, want to get better."

After beating Utah in the first round, Los Angeles went seven games against Houston then took care of Denver in six.

"It's so tough to win championships," Bryant said. "We started over from scratch. Here we are again. This really feels like a dream."

?L.A. LAKERS (99): Ariza 5-12 3-6 15, Gasol 6-9 2-4 14, Bynum 3-11 0-1 6, Fisher 4-7 4-4 13, Bryant 10-23 8-8 30, Odom 5-12 4-5 17, Walton 1-2 0-0 2, Farmar 1-3 0-0 2, Vujacic 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-80 21-28 99.

?ORLANDO (86): Turkoglu 4-8 3-4 12, Lewis 6-19 3-5 18, Howard 5-9 1-3 11, Alston 5-15 1-2 12, Lee 5-11 2-2 12, Pietrus 2-5 0-0 4, Nelson 2-7 0-0 5, Battie 0-1 0-0 0, Gortat 2-4 0-0 4, Redick 3-3 0-0 8. Totals 34-82 10-16 86.

L.A. Lakers26302023—99


3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 8-16 (Odom 3-3, Ariza 2-5, Bryant 2-5, Fisher 1-1, Farmar 0-1, Walton 0-1), Orlando 8-27 (Lewis 3-12, Redick 2-2, Turkoglu 1-1, Nelson 1-3, Alston 1-6, Pietrus 0-1, Lee 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 56 (Gasol 15), Orlando 50 (Howard, Lewis 10). AssistsL.A. Lakers 13 (Bryant 5), Orlando 20 (Nelson, Lewis 4). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 20, Orlando 23. TechnicalsAriza, Turkoglu. A17,461 (17,461).

Lakers titles

15 NBA Finals championships: *1948-49, *1949-50, *1951-52, *1952-53, *1953-54, 1971-72, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1984-85, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2008-09

* Franchise located in Minneapolis

Lakers 4, Magic 1
Game 1 Lakers 100, Magic 75
Game 2 Lakers 101, Magic 96 OT
Game 3 Magic 108, Lakers 104
Game 4 Lakers 99, Magic 91 OT
Sunday Lakers 99, Magic 86

By the numbers

1 Coach of the year honor in 18 seasons for Phil Jackson, whom some say owes his NBA titles to stars such as Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.

4 Titles for Kobe Bryant, one without Shaquille O'Neal as a teammate

209 Postseason victories for Jackson, a record. Among active coaches, the Spurs' Gregg Popovich is next, with 102.

16-0 Run by the Lakers over almost three minutes to lead 52-40 with 3:08 left in the first half.

Jackson's titles

The Lakers' Phil Jackson earned his 10th title as a coach, surpassing late Celtics coach Red Auerbach for most all time:

Team Year

Chicago Bulls 1990-91

Chicago Bulls 1991-92

Chicago Bulls 1992-93

Chicago Bulls 1995-96

Chicago Bulls 1996-97

Chicago Bulls 1997-98

Los Angeles Lakers 1999-2000

Los Angeles Lakers 2000-01

Los Angeles Lakers 2001-02

Los Angeles Lakers 2008-09

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