At this point it’s a tradition: the Los Angeles Lakers win the NBA Championship, the fans riot downtown.

Despite a heavy police presence, which was publicized yesterday by Mayor Antonio Villagairosa and police chief Charlie Beck, fans who were ecstatic over the Lakers’ Game 7 victory over the Boston Celtics met near the Staples Center, throwing bottles and debris at cops, and setting fire along arteries leading from the arena.

This marks the third time violence erupted after a Lakers championship win. In 2000 and 2009, post-victory riots broke out resulting in extensive property damage.

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