The Celtics' championship-clinching victory in 2008 was one big Boston party. Led by Kevin Garnett's 26 points and 14 rebounds, and the exceptional play of young point guard Rajon Rondo (21 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 steals), Boston blew out the Lakers 131-92 at TD Banknorth Garden to capture the franchise's 17th NBA title, and first over the Lakers since 1984. By halftime the Celtics lead was over 20 points, prompting the crowd of more than 18,000 to begin the celebration in the third quarter.
Text: Abe Schwadron, SI.com
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