sweep Nets to complete a Three-peat
It was a sweeping statement by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Led by the unstoppable force of Shaquille O’Neal and the brilliant machinations of Phil Jackson who managed to create an acceptable workplace for two superstars to flourish, the Lakers joined the NBA's pantheon of greatness, winning their third straight title with a 113-107 Game 4 victory over the New Jersey Nets to complete a Finals sweep.
“I was sort of a great player that didn't have any championships,” O'Neal said. "Ever since I met Phil, now I have three.”
Called “a monster” by New Jersey coach Byron Scott, the 7-1, 350-pound O'Neal terrorized the Nets the entire series and collected 34 points and 10 rebounds in the clincher. Maintaining that he was on a mission, O'Neal averaged 36.3 points and 12.3 rebounds as he demoralized every defense thrown at him and was a unanimous selection for his third straight NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award. O'Neal scored 145 points, setting a record for a four-game Finals. He also established historical marks with 68 free-throw attempts and 45 made, putting "Hack-a-Shaq" to rest, once and for all.
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