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Kobe alone not enough to help Lakers defeat Celtics

Updated: June 18, 2008, 3:18 AM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- The best player was no match for the best team.

Even Kobe Bryant couldn't solve Boston's suffocating defense in the NBA Finals, which ended Tuesday night when the Celtics crushed the Los Angeles Lakers 131-92 in Game 6.

"I've seen some pretty stiff ones and this was right up there with them," Bryant said of the Celtics' defense. "They definitely were the best defense I've seen in the entire playoffs."

Bryant knew all along the Celtics were going to force someone ...

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