From the archives | 2008 In one year, Celtics go from bottom to the top Twelve months ago, franchise was forlorn ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jim Davis/Globe Staff The Celtics defeated the Lakers to win their 17th NBA championship on June 17, 2008. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Celtics forward Kevin Garnett had some fun with teammate Gabe Pruitt during a practice a day before Game 1. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Playoff fever set in around Boston, with a giant T-shirt supporting the Celtics erected at City Hall Plaza. Jim Rogash/Getty Images Los Angeles' Ronny Turiaf faced off with Boston's Leon Powe during Game 1. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Celtics forward Paul Pierce fights through the L.A. defense for 2 points in the first quarter of Game 1. Jim Davis/Globe Staff The Lakers' Kobe Bryant drives Celtics guard Sam Cassell into the floor in the second quarter of Game 1. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Season-ticket holder Marty Joyce heckles Bryant in the third quarter of Game 1. AP Pierce had to be carried off the court after suffering an injury in the third quarter of Game 1. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Pierce returned to game and finished with 22 points in the Celtics' 98-88 win. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Powe slammed home two points as the Celtics moved to a 2-0 series advantage with a 108-102 win in Game 2. AP James Posey and the Celtics moved west and donned their green road jerseys for Game 3. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Boston's Eddie House battled with Los Angeles' Jordan Farmar during the fourth quarter of Game 4. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Garnett howled in disgust as the final buzzer sounded an 87-81 Celtics loss in Game 3. Jim Davis/Globe Staff The Celtics bounced back in Game 4, when Ray Allen ended up on the Lakers' bench after chasing after a loose ball. Globe Staff Photo P.J. Brown slammed home two points at the end of the third quarter of Game 4 as the Celtics cut the Lakers' lead in the game to two. Jim Davis/Globe Staff House celebrated as the Celtics finalized a 97-91 win in Game 4. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, center, and Lakers fan Jack Nicolson both pleaded their case to referee Dick Bavetta during Game 5. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Lamar Odom (left) and Farmar jammed up Allen as he drove to the basket in the first half of Game 5. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Celtics guard Rajon Rondo went into crowd to retrieve a ball during Game 5. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Bryant and the Lakers soared to a 103-98 win in Game 5 that kept them alive in the series. George Rizer/Globe Staff Back in Boston, about 100 Celtics fans lined up outside the Garden hoping to score tickets for Game 6. Globe Staff Photo Bill Russell greeted fellow Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn on the floor before Game 6. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Pierce drove to the hoop against defense from Bryant in the second quarter of Game 6. Jim Davis/Globe Staff In the third quarter, Pierce sailed out of bounds but watched his shot drop. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Garnett fought for the ball with Odom, right, and Bryant during the second quarter of Game 6. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Rondo kept the ball away from Bryant during fourth-quarter action. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Rivers reacted to a play during the second quarter, before the Celtics posted a 58-35 lead at halftime. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Allen and the crowd began to celebrate as the Celtics pulled away during the fourth quarter. Erik Jacobs/for the Boston Globe Fans at the The Stadium sports bar and grill exulted as they watched the final minutes of Game 6. Elsa/Getty Images House celebrated after the Celtics closed out a 131-92 win to clinch the championship. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Garnett celebrated after clinching the first championship in his career, less than a year after arriving from Minnesota. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Pierce, left, and Garnett shared a moment with Rivers in the closing minutes of the game. Elsa/Getty Images Allen, left, and Posey saluted the crowd in the celebration after the game. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Pierce cemented his legendary status in Celtics history by clinching a championship for his resume. Jim Davis/Globe Staff The Celtics celebrated a championship for the first time in 22 years. John Bohn/Globe Staff Fans flocked to the statue of Red Auerbach near Faneuil Hall after Game 6. Barry Chin/Globe Staff The Celtics gathered for an organizational photo with the trophy after Game 6. AP Garnett, left, Allen, center, and Pierce led the Celtics to a championship a year after the team won just 24 games. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Two days after Game 6, Garnett and the Celtics showed off the trophy to fans during a "rolling rally." Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Pierce and the Celtics won Boston's sixth pro championship since 2002. AP Tens of thousands of fans turned out to celebrate with the Celtics in the streets of Boston.