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Thursday, 13 June, 2002, 09:48 GMT 10:48 UK
Lakers revel in record win
Phil Jackson (left) and Shaquille O'Neal get their hands on the NBA trophy once again
Jackson (left) and O'Neal claim the trophy
The Los Angeles Lakers won their third straight NBA championship on Wednesday as they swept aside the New Jersey Nets four games to nil.


In the process the Lakers become only the seventh side in history to win the NBA championship without dropping a game in the finals series.

It handed Phil Jackson his ninth championship ring as a coach, equalling the record of Boston Celtics' legend Red Auerbach, and saw him pass Pat Riley for the most career play-off wins.

Fans of the LA Lakers celebrate their 'three-peat'
Laker fans enjoy the moment

Only five teams in NBA history have strung together three consecutive champion seasons and Jackson has now coached three of them.

The previous two occasions came with the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls from 1991 to 1993 and 1996 to 1998.

"Now I just feel fortunate to be here and the great teams I've had the privilege to be with," said Jackson.

"It is remarkable that I'm sitting here in a situation I never dreamed of.

"When you think it was 11 years ago today that we won that first championship in Chicago, it seems more like two decades than one and a year.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of trying to get back here and win a 10th."


Everyone stuck to the script and everyone believed
Lakers' star
Shaquille O'Neal

O'Neal's performance earned him a third consecutive play-off MVP award and finally confirmed his credentials as the dominant big man of all-time.

During the finals O'Neal was virtually unstoppable.

The hulking 7 ft 1 in centre, who weighs more than 23 stone, scored 145 points to break the play-off record for a four-game series.

"This says that we are a great team and everybody stuck to their role," said O'Neal, who dedicated his MVP award to his late grandmother.

"Everyone stuck to the script and everyone believed.


Some guys don't have it in them
Frustrated Nets star
Kenyon Martin

"I realise that if it wasn't for Phil I wouldn't have any championships.

"I told my team-mates that once the play-offs were here I would pick up my game and I wouldn't let them down."

Bitterly disappointed Nets star Kenyon Martin, who scored 61 points in games three and four, rounded on some of his team-mates after the defeat.

"Some guys don't have it in them," said Martin. "That's the hardest thing to deal with.

"Guys come to play every day and some guys, you don't know when they're going to show up.

Proud coach

"I can deal with losing. But guys who don't bring it every day, that's something I can't deal with."

However, Nets coach Byron Scott remained upbeat after a season in which the Nets reached the finals just a year after winning only 26 games all season.

"I am hurt and disappointed but I am proud of my guys," Scott said. "They have been fantastic this season.

"I told them to hold their heads high because they went further than anyone expected."

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