*Hail to the champs and boo to the chumps. On their way to winning a 17th world championship, the Boston Celtics (champs) annihilated the Los Angeles Lakers (chumps) 131-92 Tuesday night.
The Celtics won game 6 of the 7 game series, 4-2 and in doing so, brought the coveted O'Brien trophy back to Bean town for the first time in 22-years
Boston, obviously a more superior team, took control of the game in the second quarter and stretched a four-point lead into a 58-35 advantage by the intermission.
Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen each had 26 points to lead the Celtics. Allen hit seven-of-nine three-pointers.
Paul Pierce had 17 points for the Celtics and was named the MVP of the championship series.
A delirious green and white-clad crowd at the Garden roared in unison "Beat L.A." and "Where's Kobe?' from the opening tip until the final buzzer.
Speaking of Kobe (Bryant), he opened quickly but fizzled. The league MVP had 11 points after the opening quarter but only three free throws in the second when the Celtics took command.
He finished with 22 points but hit only seven of 22 shots and committed four turnovers in the rout.
Los Angeles never closed the gap below 23 points after halftime.
The Celtics, who celebrated their last title in 1986 when Bird was the MVP, outrebounded the Lakers at both ends.
At the end of the game, Garnett, who spent 12 seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves without contending for a title, hugged Celtic legend Bill Russell, who won 11 championships during his 13-year career in Boston.
"I got my own, I got my own," an emotional Garnett told Russell.