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Lakers finally beat Celtics

Lakers finally beat Celtics

June 9, 1985: Coach Pat Riley finds himself surrounded by jubilant Lakers and flying Champagne after beating the Celtics 111-100 in Boston to win the NBA Championship in six games.

This was the Lakers ninth championship, the third in six years, but it was the first after eight failed attempts against the Celtics.

Los Angeles Times staff writer Thomas Bonk reported:

Boston — History, we know now, does not always repeat itself.

The Lakers, who have spent their entire existence on a collision course with Boston Celtic history, won the championship of a lifetime after a quarter of a century of trying….

Yes it actually happened.

Of the 15 Celtic championships banners hanging from the rafters of Boston Garden, eight of them came from beating the Lakers in the championship series.

Times columnist Scott Ostler added:

[The Lakers] treated the hallowed Celtic championship banners hanging in the rafters of the Boston Garden with all the reverence of laundry on a clothesline.

This photo by Los Angeles Times staff photographer Joe Kennedy, now retired, was the lead photo on Page 1 the next morning.

For more info on the 1985 Lakers, check out the new All Things Lakers project.

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