76 arrested as Lakers fans celebrate NBA title

Los Angeles Police Department officers on horseback move people back as rowdy fans celebrate in Los Angeles after Lakers won the NBA Finals (AP Photo/Jintak Han)

Seventy-six people and dozens of buildings damages as were arrested as Los Angeles Lakers fans celebrated the team’s first NBA title in a decade.

Police say that celebrations turned chaotic as exuberant fans caused damage to approximately 30 businesses in downtown Los Angeles.

Eight police officers were treated for injuries and three people from the crowd taken to hospital for less lethal munitions fired by officers, said a police statement.

Those arrested face charges including failure to disperse, vandalism and assault on a police officer.

The Lakers closed out their return to the top of the league by defeating he Heat 106-93 last evening. They won four of six games played, claiming a record-equalling 17th title.