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12/06/2002 The L. A. Lakers win a third straight NBA title

The 2001/02 season was the Lakers' 54th in the NBA. In that year's NBA Finals, the L.A. Lakers beat the New Jersey Nets in four games, handing them their 3rd straight NBA title with coach Phil Jackson. Shaquille O'Neal, who averaged 36 points and 12 rebounds in the Finals, was named the NBA Finals most valuable player.


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