Lakers 89, Celtics 67

There will be a Game 7 on Thursday night. The Lakers made sure there would be a winner-take-all game by hammering the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Finals tonight at Staples Center. The Celtics were no-shows. The Lakers led by as many as 22 points in the first half and then by 27 in the second half. It was no contest. Kobe Bryant scored 26 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and added three assists. Pau Gasol scored 17 points, took 13 rebounds and added nine assists in a redemptive performance after two clunkers. Ray Allen scored 19 points for Boston, which shot 33.3 percent. The Lakers outrebounded the Celtics, 52-39. The winner of the rebounding battle has won each game in the Finals.

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