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Lakers finally play like champs

Playing with urgency and hustle, L.A. forces what promises to be a classic Game 7

Updated: June 16, 2010, 4:00 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- It was six minutes into Game 6 of the NBA Finals before the Lakers, the championship-caliber Lakers that is, showed up.

After taking the lead when Kobe Bryant hit back-to-back buckets midway through the first quarter, Lakers clamped down and the seesaw stopped, leaving the Celtics dangling up in the air, at the mercy of the hustle-and-go Lake Show.

And it was about time.

It began with a Ron Artest block on Rajon Rondo at the rim, for what seemed ...

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