Tough, tough game, but the Lakers managed to find a way to rally from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat the Boston Celtics, 83-79, in Game 7 of the NBA Finals tonight. They might have put to rest for good the notion that they are a soft team, mentally and physically, because this was a man’s game tonight. No wimps allowed. The Lakers took all the Celtics had to give, which was plenty, and pulled out their second straight title and their 16th overall. Boston has 17, so there’s one reason to expect the Lakers to go for a third consecutive title next season. Kobe Bryant was named the Finals MVP for the second straight season. He had a struggle, but scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Pau Gasol served as his wingman as usual, scoring 19 points and taking 18 rebounds. Ron Artest proved his worth to the Lakers by scoring 20 points and grabbing five rebounds.