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Lakers beat Magic 99-86 to win 15th NBA title

2009-06-15 06:40:07 GMT2009-06-15 14:40:07 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (L) holds the MVP trophy as teammate Derek Fisher holds the Larry O'Brien Championship trophy after the Lakers beat the Orlando Magic in Game 5 of their NBA Finals basketball game in Orlando, Florida June 14, 2009.(Xinhua Photo)

Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant holds up the Bill Russell MVP Award (R) and the Larry O'Brien Trophy as he signals his four career championship victories after they defeated the Orlando Magic to win the NBA basketball championship in Orlando, Florida, June 14, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant holds up the Bill Russell MVP Award (R) and the Larry O'Brien Trophy as he signals his four career championship victories after they defeated the Orlando Magic to win the NBA basketball championship in Orlando, Florida, June 14, 2009.(Xinhua Photo)

Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard is seen in the NBA basketball finals against the Los Angeles Lakers in Orlando, Florida, June 14, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

ORLANDO, Florida, June 14 (Xinhua) -- The Los Angeles Lakers snatched their 15th championship and first since 2002 with a 99-86 victory over the Orlando Magic in the NBA Finals on Sunday.

Los Angeles won the best-of-seven series 4-1, giving coach Phil Jackson his record 10th title.

Guard Kobe Bryant paced the Lakers with 30 points on 10-of-23 shooting and had five assists. Lamar Odom added 17 points and Trevor Ariza added 15.

Eleven-times All-Star and 2008 MVP Bryant clinched his fourth NBA championship and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Finals, the first time he has won the award.

The Lakers took control of the game in the second quarter, scoring 16 straight points to turn a four-point deficit into a 52-40 lead with three minutes left in the first half.

Los Angeles saw their 10-point halftime lead sliced to 58-53, but Odom hit two three-pointers during a 13-2 run to give the Lakers a cosy 71-55 advantage with just over three minutes left in the third quarter.

Rashard Lewis had 18 points to lead the Magic, while Hedo Turkoglu, Rafer Alston and Courtney Lee each added 12.

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