2020 NBA Finals | Lakers vs. Heat

Sweet 17: Lakers tie Celtics for most NBA championships

Tim Reynolds | The Associated Press

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Move over, Boston Celtics.

You’ve got company on the most-titles-won list now, after sitting alone in that spot for more than a half-century.

The Los Angeles Lakers’ latest championship — clinched Sunday night with a win over the Miami Heat — pulled the franchise into a tie with the Celtics for the most in NBA history, 17 apiece.

The Celtics beat the Lakers in the 1963 NBA Finals, giving Boston its sixth title to the Lakers’ five. For the past 20,990 days, Boston remained alone atop the list of most championships.

No more — not after the Lakers finally caught up.

When the 1986 season ended, Boston had 16 titles to L.A.’s nine. The championship count since is Lakers 8, Celtics 1.


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