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2000 NBA Finals: Pacers at Lakers, Gm 6 part 6/13

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Uploaded on Feb 18, 2010

Game 6 - Lakers 116, Pacers 111

Robert Horry enhanced his reputation as a big-game player, scoring all eight of his points in the final quarter to help the Lakers overcome a five-point deficit and win their first championship since 1988. This ended up being the final NBA game for Rik Smits, and the final game in the coaching career of Larry Bird.

Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers with 41 points, becoming just the fifth player in NBA history to score at least 30 points in each game of the Finals. The previous player to do it was Hakeem Olajuwon, who had done it against O'Neal in 1995. O'Neal also earned Finals MVP honors, becoming just the third player in NBA history to win the All-Star Game MVP, regular-season MVP and Finals MVP in the same season, joining Michael Jordan (who did it twice) and Willis Reed. Kobe Bryant added 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, his only double-double of the series.

Jalen Rose had 29 points to lead the Pacers, while Reggie Miller added 25. Miller was 8-of-19 from the field, but just 2-of-10 from 3-point range. In his final NBA game, Smits was held to 2 points on 1-of-8 shooting.

The Lakers earned their 12th NBA Championship and their first at the Staples Center. A.C. Green, who averaged 5.0 ppg during the series, earned his first championship since 1988. The 12-year span between titles was the longest for a single player in NBA history.

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