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LA Lakers-Panathinaikos: Kobe Slams Euroleague Champs in Five

Published by on June 15, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

It wasn't revenge for the loss to Boston, but it sure was close, if not made up for it.

The Los Angeles Lakers, 2009 NBA Champions, smashed Euroleague title-holders Panathanaikos Athens 99-86 in Game Five of the 2009 FIBA World Club Finals at the Olympic Indoor Hall in Greece.

The emphatic 4-1 series victory ensures that the Los Angeles Lakers are World Champions by all leaps and bounds of the imagination.

"It definitely is a stretch to fly from LA to Athens and back, but you know what? I'm just glad we will be heading back home without having to play another game against Europe's best," said series MVP Kobe Bryant.

"This also made up for the USA's pratfall at the Athens Games a few years ago....

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