Chief: Strong police presence at final Lakers game

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Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up for a shot against Rasheed Wallace #30 of the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 15, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says he will be deploying hundreds of extra officers at the final NBA championship game between the Lakers and Boston Celtics.

Beck said Wednesday that he hopes to dissuade fans from congregating outside Staples Center after Thursday's game.

Beck says he doesn't expect problems and mobile command units and a strong police presence should deter anyone from causing trouble.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca says he has notified hundreds of deputies to be on hand in case the Police Department needs backup.

In 2000, after the Lakers won their first NBA title in 12 years, fans rioted outside Staples Center, destroying two police cars and leaving more than 70 other vehicles damaged. Last year's championship also triggered rock-and-bottle throwing, vandalism and looting.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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