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Celtics' defense stymies Lakers as Boston claims 3-2 lead


By Couper Moorhead, for NBA.com
Posted Monday June 14, 2010 1:14AM

BOSTON (NBA.com exclusive) -- This was everything you could have wanted from an NBA Finals game. It was physical. It was competitive. And it featured two teams playing different enough styles to engender after-the-fact discourse about who was playing the "right way".

Tonight, the "right way" was the path taken by the Boston Celtics, and not only because they beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 92-86, in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead. They were tougher, they played together and they prioritized defense, despite shooting 56 percent themselves.

"We scrapped, we got them in the half court for the most part, and that's the type of game we like," Paul Pierce said. "It would be tough for us to beat them if they go out and score 120 points."

Defense certainly wasn't a priority for the Lakers, who allowed 46 points in the paint in an 87 possession game -- meaning Boston scored in the paint on 26 percent of their offensive possessions -- and gave up three offensive rebounds when trailing in the final four minutes.

Not to mention multiple instances when a Boston player either had a straight line to the hoop or when they waltzed in, unhindered, with back cuts. Or allowing Boston to score in nine of its first ten possessions of the second half.

"Defensively, we weren't very good at all," Bryant said. "Last game it was the fourth quarter, this game it was the third quarter. We didn't get any stops. They got layup after layup after layup, and you can't survive a team that shoots 56 percent."

The Lakers still had their opportunities, in part because of the extra chances afforded to them by 16 offensive rebounds and Boston managed just 19 points in the final quarter. But the greatest share for the window remaining open was due to Bryant going supernova in the third quarter, scoring the Lakers' first 19 points of the half. Bryant hit jumpers from every angle, often over multiple defenders, and is deserving of every superlative.

And yet, good as Bryant was, his offense may have sunk the team.

"As long as we were going to keep scoring the way we were scoring, we were going to be good," Doc Rivers said.

Against possibly the best team-defense in the league, using isolation plays nearly every time down the floor is a recipe for failure. While Bryant defied Hoops 101 for longer than nearly any other individual is capable, passing stagnated and his teammates, many who were already struggling, fell off.

Credit must be awarded the Boston defense for disrupting its opponents' system, but it was abundantly clear that the Lakers were fine running set after set to get Bryant the ball. Even after timeouts, when coaches generally try to draw something up to generate ball movement, Lakers coach Phil Jackson would return to Bryant.

"He was in a nice rhythm," Kevin Garnett said. "I thought for the most part we pretty much controlled everybody else, but in that scenario you put your hand up and play the best D that you can."

It's difficult to deflect criticism off Pau Gasol -- 12 points, 12 rebounds, 12 shots -- just because Bryant took over the team, but after being such a huge part of victories in Games 1 and 3, he was no longer an offensive priority.

Gasol was also thoroughly dominated by Garnett, a subject even Bryant couldn't skirt.

"He's been consistent for us, for awhile, so he can afford to have a bad game," Bryant said.

Opposite Bryant's production was Boston's team (21 assists on 40 field goals) offense, led by a resurgent Pierce (27 points) and rounded out with 48 points from the combo of Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo. Jackson wasn't upset about giving up 92 points -- 105 points per 100 possessions -- but with assists on more than half their buckets and 17 percent better shooting, the Celtics were clearly doing something right.

What made this game nearly perfect, though, aside from chest-to-chest physicality being plentiful, was that the outcome came down to a pair of sequences.

The first came with 43 seconds remaining and the Lakers down five. Ron Artest missed a pair of free throws, but Bryant swooped in from the top of the key and appeared to have the offensive rebound ... until Pierce took hold and snatched the ball away with force.

Then, after the ensuing timeout with the Lakers in full-court press, the inbounds pass went to a streaking Pierce down the sideline. He managed to make the catch and tip-toe inside the sideline before sending a line drive pass to Rondo, who then made an equally impressive catch-and-finish.

"I was just showing off my Randy Moss and my Tom Brady in one play, that's all," Pierce said.

Bad games, statistics and numbers aside, those are the types of plays that should decide the NBA championship. And whether or not Bryant's offense needs to re-adapt to his team in Game 5, those are the plays he'll need from his team to avoid a repeat of 2008.

"Just man up and play," Bryant said.

"What the hell is the big deal? I don't see it as a big deal. If I have to say something to them, then we don't deserve to be champions. We're down 3-2, go home, win one game, go into the next one. Simple as that."

Lakers
Celtics
     
    • 39.7%

    • 56.3%

    • 36.8%

    • 25.0%

    • 65.4%

    • 69.2%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
LAL BOS
Total Rebounds 9 13
Offensive Rebounds 16 7
Turnovers 13 16
Fast Break Pts: 3 14
Biggest Lead: 2 13
Points in the Paint: 32 46
LAL BOS
p Bryant   38 Pierce   27
rb Gasol   12 Garnett   10
a Bryant   4 Rondo   8
s 2 players   2 Garnett   5
b Bryant   1 2 players   2
 
  • 01/30 - BOS @ LAL
  • 02/10 - LAL @ BOS
Los Angeles Lakers (57-25)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
R. Artest F 34:15 2-9 2-5 1-4 0 1 1 2 2 4 1 1 0 1 7
P. Gasol F-C 38:05 5-12 0-0 2-3 -7 7 5 12 0 4 2 1 0 3 12
A. Bynum C 31:38 3-6 0-0 0-1 -12 1 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 1 6
K. Bryant G 43:53 13-27 4-10 8-9 -6 2 3 5 4 5 1 4 1 0 38
D. Fisher G 34:13 2-9 0-1 5-5 -6 2 2 4 2 3 1 2 0 0 9
L. Odom   26:17 4-6 0-0 0-2 +7 3 5 8 2 2 2 3 0 1 8
J. Farmar   13:47 0-4 0-1 1-2 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1
S. Brown   00:19 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Vujacic   10:22 2-5 1-2 0-0 -4 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 5
L. Walton   07:11 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
A. Morrison DNP - Coach's Decision
J. Powell DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 31-78 7-19 17-26   16 18 34 12 22 9 13 1 7 86
  39.7% 36.8% 65.4%   team rebs: 9 total to: 14
Boston Celtics (50-32)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
P. Pierce F 42:41 12-21 2-4 1-2 +3 0 2 2 2 4 1 0 2 0 27
K. Garnett F 36:09 6-11 0-0 6-7 +6 1 9 10 3 4 5 3 2 0 18
K. Perkins C 31:38 2-2 0-0 0-2 +5 4 3 7 1 4 0 2 0 0 4
R. Allen G 40:10 5-10 0-4 2-2 +10 0 3 3 2 5 1 2 0 0 12
R. Rondo G 38:24 9-12 0-0 0-0 +4 1 4 5 8 1 1 7 1 0 18
T. Allen   13:09 2-6 0-0 0-0 -1 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 1 1 4
G. Davis   13:09 0-1 0-0 0-0 -1 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
R. Wallace   14:45 2-4 1-2 0-0 +2 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 5
N. Robinson   09:55 2-4 0-2 0-0 +2 0 0 0 4 1 0 1 0 0 4
M. Daniels DNP - Coach's Decision
M. Finley DNP - Coach's Decision
S. Williams DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 40-71 3-12 9-13   7 28 35 21 23 8 16 7 1 92
  56.3% 25.0% 69.2%   team rebs: 13 total to: 17

inactive

  • Lakers: Mbenga
  • Celtics: Gaffney, Lafayette, Scalabrine

technical fouls

  • Lakers: Fisher
  • Celtics: Allen, Rondo

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 6
  • Times Tied: 7

arena stats

  • Arena: TD Garden, Boston, MA
  • Officials: #17 Joe Crawford, #24 Mike Callahan, #9 Derrick Stafford
  • Attendance: 18624
  • Duration: 2:43
Los Angeles Lakers (57-26) Boston Celtics (51-32)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Perkins vs Bynum (Fisher gains possession)
Bynum Jump Shot: Missed Block: Pierce (1 BLK)  11:43  
  11:42 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:31
[BOS 2-0]
Garnett Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rondo (1 AST) 
Fisher Jump Shot: Missed  11:18  
  11:17 Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:13
[BOS 4-0]
Pierce Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rondo (2 AST) 
Bryant Jump Shot: Missed  10:52  
  10:51 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  10:34 Allen Jump Shot: Missed 
Gasol Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:32  
Bynum Jump Shot: Missed  10:15  
Gasol Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  10:14  
Gasol Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  10:11  
  10:09 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  10:02
[BOS 6-0]
Rondo Pullup Jump shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Artest Jump Shot: Missed  09:40  
Bynum Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  09:39  
Bynum Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  09:36
[LAL 2-6]
 
  09:36 Perkins Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Bynum Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  09:36  
  09:36 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  09:20 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 
Fisher Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:19  
  09:15 Allen Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Fisher Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  09:15
[LAL 3-6]
 
Fisher Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  09:15
[LAL 4-6]
 
  09:03 Garnett Foul : Offensive (1 PF) 
  09:03 Garnett Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Fisher Jump Shot: Missed  08:49  
Fisher Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  08:48  
Fisher Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS)  08:46
[LAL 6-6]
 
  08:26 Pierce 3pt Shot: Missed 
Gasol Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  08:25  
Bynum Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Bryant (1 AST)  08:15
[LAL 8-6]
 
  07:50 Rondo Jump Shot: Missed 
Bryant Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:48  
Artest Jump Shot: Missed  07:32  
  07:31 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  07:17
[BOS 8-8]
Garnett Running Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Pierce (1 AST) 
Fisher Jump Bank Shot: Made (6 PTS)  06:47
[LAL 10-8]
 
  06:29
[BOS 10-10]
Pierce Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Artest Layup Shot: Missed Block: Pierce (2 BLK)  06:10  
Team Rebound  06:10  
Jump Ball Pierce vs Bynum (Artest gains possession)  06:10  
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  06:01  
  05:41
[BOS 12-10]
Garnett Floating Jump shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Bynum Running Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Bryant (2 AST)  05:28
[LAL 12-12]
 
  05:18
[BOS 14-12]
Rondo Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
  04:58 Pierce Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
  04:58 Team Timeout : Regular 
Instant Replay - Support Ruling  04:58  
Fisher Free Throw 1 of 3 (7 PTS)  04:58
[LAL 13-14]
 
Fisher Free Throw 2 of 3 (8 PTS)  04:58
[LAL 14-14]
 
Fisher Free Throw 3 of 3 (9 PTS)  04:58
[LAL 15-14]
 
Bryant Foul : Personal (1 PF)  04:41  
  04:36
[BOS 16-15]
Allen Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rondo (3 AST) 
Bryant 3pt Shot: Missed  04:12  
  04:11 Team Rebound 
  03:55 Allen Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Bryant (1 ST) 
Fisher Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Garnett (1 ST)  03:49  
  03:44
[BOS 18-15]
Rondo Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Artest 3pt Shot: Missed  03:21  
  03:20 Perkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  03:16 Perkins Foul : Offensive (2 PF) 
  03:16 Perkins Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
  03:16 Allen Substitution replaced by Allen 
  03:16 Perkins Substitution replaced by Davis 
Fisher Jump Shot: Missed  03:01  
  03:00 Team Rebound 
  02:50 Rondo Jump Shot: Missed 
Bryant Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  02:48  
Allen Violation:Kicked Ball  02:39  
Team Timeout : Regular  02:39  
Bynum Substitution replaced by Odom  02:39  
Fisher Substitution replaced by Farmar  02:39  
Bryant 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Odom (1 AST)  02:32
[LAL 18-18]
 
  02:07
[BOS 20-18]
Pierce Step Back Jump shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Artest Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Pierce (1 ST)  01:41  
Artest Foul : Personal (1 PF)  01:39  
  01:39 Garnett Substitution replaced by Wallace 
  01:26 Pierce Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed 
Odom Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:25  
Bryant 3pt Shot: Missed  01:11  
  01:10 Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  00:55.9 Allen Layup Shot: Missed 
Farmar Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:54.7  
Farmar Layup Shot: Missed  00:46.9  
Gasol Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  00:46.2  
Gasol Tip Shot: Made (2 PTS)  00:46.2
[LAL 20-20]
 
  00:30.9
[BOS 22-20]
Pierce Pullup Jump shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Odom Foul : Offensive (1 PF)  00:18.6  
Odom Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  00:18.6  
  00:18.6 Allen Substitution replaced by Allen 
  00:18.6 Davis Substitution replaced by Robinson 
Artest Substitution replaced by Brown  00:18.6  
  00:00.0 Robinson 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 1st Quarter
Los Angeles Lakers (57-26) Boston Celtics (51-32)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
  11:38
[BOS 24-20]
Allen Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Robinson (1 AST) 
  11:24 Allen Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Bynum Hook Shot: Missed  11:10  
  11:09 Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Bynum Foul : Personal (1 PF)  11:09  
  10:48
[BOS 26-20]
Wallace Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Robinson (2 AST) 
Vujacic Jump Shot: Missed  10:30  
Artest Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  10:29  
Vujacic 3pt Shot: Missed  10:23  
Odom Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  10:22  
Odom Putback Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  10:20
[LAL 22-26]
 
  10:02 Allen Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Vujacic (1 ST) 
Farmar Running Layup Shot: Missed  09:50  
  09:49 Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Vujacic Foul : Personal (1 PF)  09:42  
Artest Substitution replaced by Bryant  09:42  
  09:42 Pierce Substitution replaced by Allen 
  09:29 Allen Jump Shot: Missed 
  09:29 Davis Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  09:24
[BOS 28-22]
Robinson Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Odom Jump Shot: Missed Block: Wallace (1 BLK)  08:59  
  08:58 Davis Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  08:54
[BOS 30-22]
Allen Running Reverse Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Davis (1 AST) 
Timeout : Official  08:46  
Bryant Jump Shot: Missed  08:32  
  08:31 Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  08:07 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Vujacic 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Bryant (3 AST)  07:54
[LAL 25-30]
 
  07:34 Robinson Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Farmar (1 ST) 
  07:32 Robinson Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Farmar Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  07:32
[LAL 26-30]
 
  07:32 Robinson Substitution replaced by Rondo 
Farmar Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  07:32  
  07:31 Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:17
[BOS 32-26]
Rondo Reverse Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
  07:02 Allen Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
  07:02 Allen Substitution replaced by Pierce 
  07:02 Davis Substitution replaced by Garnett 
Vujacic Substitution replaced by Artest  07:02  
Farmar Substitution replaced by Fisher  07:02  
Bryant Running Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Artest (1 AST)  06:49
[LAL 28-32]
 
  06:33 Rondo Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Odom (1 ST) 
Odom Turnover : 3 Second Violation (2 TO)  06:21  
  06:21 Wallace Substitution replaced by Perkins 
  05:59 Rondo Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Odom (2 ST) 
Artest 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Odom (2 AST)  05:47
[LAL 31-32]
 
  05:38 Team Timeout : Regular 
Odom Substitution replaced by Gasol  05:38  
  05:22
[BOS 34-31]
Rondo Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Bryant Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Garnett (2 ST)  05:04  
  05:00 Rondo Turnover : Discontinue Dribble (3 TO) 
Bryant Jump Shot: Missed  04:49  
  04:48 Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Artest Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  04:42  
  04:42 Rondo Technical 
Bryant Free Throw Technical (6 PTS)  04:42
[LAL 32-34]
 
  04:42
[BOS 35-32]
Garnett Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
  04:42
[BOS 36-32]
Garnett Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
Artest 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Bryant (4 AST)  04:23
[LAL 35-36]
 
  04:09 Allen Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Gasol (1 ST) 
Bryant Running Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS)  03:59
[LAL 37-36]
 
  03:36
[BOS 39-37]
Pierce 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Garnett (1 AST) 
Bryant Jump Shot: Missed  03:06  
  03:06 Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  02:56 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
  02:54 Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  02:54
[BOS 41-37]
Perkins Tip Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:42  
Bynum Substitution replaced by Odom  02:42  
Bryant Jump Shot: Missed  02:35  
Bryant Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  02:34  
Bryant Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS)  02:32
[LAL 39-41]
 
  02:10
[BOS 43-39]
Pierce Jump Shot: Made (13 PTS) 
Artest Layup Shot: Missed  01:52  
Gasol Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  01:51  
Gasol Jump Shot: Missed  01:44  
  01:42 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  01:37 Rondo Foul : Offensive (1 PF) 
  01:37 Rondo Turnover : Foul (4 TO) 
Fisher Jump Shot: Missed  01:20  
  01:19 Team Rebound 
Artest Foul : Loose Ball (3 PF)  01:19  
Artest Substitution replaced by Walton  01:19  
  00:59.5
[BOS 45-39]
Pierce Jump Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Garnett (2 AST) 
Bryant Jump Shot: Missed  00:40.9  
  00:39.8 Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  00:33.9 Rondo Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Fisher Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  00:32.9  
Gasol Jump Shot: Missed  00:18.9  
  00:17.7 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:7) 
End of 2nd Quarter
Los Angeles Lakers (57-26) Boston Celtics (51-32)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
  11:42
[BOS 47-39]
Rondo Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Garnett (3 AST) 
Gasol Layup Shot: Missed Block: Garnett (1 BLK)  11:20  
  11:18 Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  11:11
[BOS 50-39]
Pierce 3pt Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Allen (1 AST) 
  10:54 Pierce Foul : Defense 3 Second (1 PF) 
Bryant Free Throw Technical Missed  10:54  
Team Rebound  10:54  
Bryant Turnaround Fade Away shot: Made (12 PTS)  10:43
[LAL 41-50]
 
  10:23
[BOS 52-41]
Perkins Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Bryant Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS)  09:59
[LAL 43-52]
 
  09:40 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
  09:37 Garnett Rebound (Off:1 Def:7) 
  09:27
[BOS 54-43]
Allen Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Rondo (4 AST) 
Bryant 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS)  09:07
[LAL 46-54]
 
  08:52
[BOS 56-46]
Garnett Reverse Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Rondo (5 AST) 
Bryant Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Garnett (3 ST)  08:39  
  08:34 Rondo Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (5 TO) 
Bryant 3pt Shot: Made (20 PTS)  08:16
[LAL 49-56]
 
Fisher Foul : Personal (1 PF)  08:06  
  07:56
[BOS 58-49]
Pierce Step Back Jump shot: Made (20 PTS) 
Bryant Foul : Offensive (2 PF)  07:47  
Bryant Turnover : Foul (3 TO)  07:47  
  07:38
[BOS 60-49]
Pierce Driving Layup Shot: Made (22 PTS) Assist: Perkins (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  07:37  
Bryant Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (22 PTS) Assist: Fisher (1 AST)  07:25
[LAL 51-60]
 
  07:10 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:07 Team Rebound 
  07:07 Double Technical - Allen, Fisher 
  07:00
[BOS 62-51]
Pierce Jump Shot: Made (24 PTS) Assist: Rondo (6 AST) 
  07:00 Allen Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF) 
Bryant Alley Oop Layup shot: Made (24 PTS) Assist: Fisher (2 AST)  06:48
[LAL 53-62]
 
Gasol Foul : Personal (1 PF)  06:31  
  06:31
[BOS 63-53]
Garnett Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS) 
  06:31
[BOS 64-53]
Garnett Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Bryant 3pt Shot: Made (27 PTS) Assist: Artest (2 AST)  06:10
[LAL 56-64]
 
Artest Foul : Personal (4 PF)  05:52  
Artest Substitution replaced by Walton  05:52  
  05:38 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  05:36  
Bryant Jump Shot: Missed  05:22  
  05:21 Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
Bynum Foul : Personal (2 PF)  05:16  
  05:06
[BOS 66-56]
Garnett Fade Away Jumper Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Gasol Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  05:06  
  05:06
[BOS 67-56]
Garnett Free Throw 1 of 1 (15 PTS) 
Gasol Layup Shot: Missed Block: Garnett (2 BLK)  04:55  
Bryant Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  04:54  
  04:53 Pierce Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Bryant Free Throw 1 of 2 (28 PTS)  04:53
[LAL 57-67]
 
Bryant Free Throw 2 of 2 (29 PTS)  04:53
[LAL 58-67]
 
  04:31 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:30 Perkins Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  04:15
[BOS 69-58]
Allen Turnaround Bank shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Rondo (7 AST) 
Bryant Jump Shot: Missed  03:53  
  03:51 Team Rebound 
  03:31 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  03:28  
  03:18 Garnett Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Walton Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Garnett (4 ST)  03:13  
  03:08
[BOS 71-58]
Allen Jump Bank Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Rondo (8 AST) 
Fisher Jump Shot: Missed  02:50  
  02:49 Garnett Rebound (Off:1 Def:8) 
  02:35 Rondo Turnover : Bad Pass (6 TO) 
  02:35 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:35 Allen Substitution replaced by Allen 
  02:35 Garnett Substitution replaced by Davis 
Fisher Substitution replaced by Farmar  02:35  
Bynum Substitution replaced by Odom  02:35  
Gasol Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  02:16
[LAL 60-71]
 
  02:16 Davis Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Gasol Free Throw 1 of 1 (5 PTS)  02:16
[LAL 61-71]
 
  01:59 Davis Jump Shot: Missed 
Bryant Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  01:58  
  01:49 Davis Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
  01:49 Perkins Substitution replaced by Wallace 
Odom Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  01:49  
Team Rebound  01:49  
Bryant Substitution replaced by Vujacic  01:49  
Odom Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  01:49  
  01:49 Davis Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  01:36 Rondo Turnover : Bad Pass (7 TO) Steal:Gasol (2 ST) 
Gasol Layup Shot: Missed Block: Allen (1 BLK)  01:26  
  01:23 Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  01:05
[BOS 73-61]
Pierce Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (26 PTS) 
Farmar Layup Shot: Missed Block: Rondo (1 BLK)  00:53.9  
Gasol Rebound (Off:4 Def:2)  00:51.9  
Vujacic Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Walton (1 AST)  00:44.9
[LAL 63-73]
 
  00:24.9 Allen Jump Shot: Missed 
Odom Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  00:24.5  
Odom Jump Shot: Missed  00:04.9  
Gasol Rebound (Off:6 Def:2)  00:03.9  
Gasol Tip Shot: Missed  00:03.9  
Gasol Rebound (Off:6 Def:2)  00:02.9  
Gasol Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS)  00:01.9
[LAL 65-73]
 
End of 3rd Quarter
Los Angeles Lakers (57-26) Boston Celtics (51-32)
Start of 4th QuarterBack to Top
Gasol Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Farmar (1 AST)  11:44
[LAL 67-73]
 
  11:24 Wallace Running Hook Shot: Missed 
Odom Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  11:23  
Gasol Turnover : Backcourt Turnover (1 TO)  11:11  
  10:59
[BOS 76-67]
Wallace 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Robinson (3 AST) 
Vujacic Layup Shot: Missed  10:39  
  10:38 Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:30 Robinson 3pt Shot: Missed 
Gasol Rebound (Off:6 Def:3)  10:29  
Bryant Running Jump Shot: Made (31 PTS)  10:10
[LAL 69-76]
 
  09:55 Allen Layup Shot: Missed Block: Bryant (1 BLK) 
  09:54 Team Rebound 
  09:44
[BOS 78-69]
Robinson Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Bryant 3pt Shot: Missed  09:22  
  09:21 Team Rebound 
Gasol Foul : Loose Ball (3 PF)  09:21  
  09:21 Davis Substitution replaced by Garnett 
  09:21 Allen Substitution replaced by Pierce 
  09:01 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 
Vujacic Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:00  
Farmar 3pt Shot: Missed  08:48  
  08:47 Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Bryant Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  08:25  
  08:25 Timeout : Official 
Farmar Substitution replaced by Fisher  08:25  
Gasol Substitution replaced by Bynum  08:25  
Vujacic Substitution replaced by Artest  08:25  
  08:25
[BOS 79-69]
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 2 (27 PTS) 
  08:25 Pierce Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Artest Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  08:25  
  08:07 Allen Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
Bryant Fade Away Jumper Shot: Made (33 PTS)  07:58
[LAL 71-79]
 
  07:37
[BOS 81-71]
Allen Reverse Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Robinson (4 AST) 
Odom Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  07:19
[LAL 73-81]
 
  06:54 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
  06:52 Team Rebound 
  06:52 Robinson Substitution replaced by Rondo 
  06:52 Wallace Substitution replaced by Perkins 
  06:41 Foul : Double Personal - Allen (4 PF), Fisher (2 PF) 
  06:38 Perkins Foul : Offensive (3 PF) 
  06:38 Perkins Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
Bynum Foul : Offensive (3 PF)  06:29  
Bynum Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  06:29  
  06:12 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 
Odom Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  06:11  
Artest 3pt Shot: Missed  06:05  
Odom Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  06:03  
Odom Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS)  06:01
[LAL 75-81]
 
  06:01 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:40
[BOS 83-75]
Garnett Jump Shot: Made (17 PTS) 
Bryant Turnover : Lost Ball (4 TO) Steal:Allen (1 ST)  05:23  
  05:19
[BOS 85-75]
Rondo Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Allen (2 AST) 
Fisher Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Rondo (2 ST)  04:58  
Bryant Foul : Personal (4 PF)  04:52  
Bynum Substitution replaced by Gasol  04:52  
  04:36 Garnett Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed 
Gasol Rebound (Off:6 Def:4)  04:35  
Jump Ball Garnett vs Odom (Rondo gains possession)  04:25  
Odom Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Garnett (5 ST)  04:25  
  03:58 Pierce 3pt Shot: Missed 
  03:56 Rondo Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  03:56
[BOS 87-75]
Rondo Tip Shot: Made (16 PTS) 
Fisher Jump Shot: Missed  03:39  
Team Rebound  03:37  
  03:37 Pierce Foul : Loose Ball (3 PF) 
Artest 3pt Shot: Missed  03:28  
  03:26 Garnett Rebound (Off:1 Def:9) 
Bryant Foul : Personal (5 PF)  03:24  
  03:06 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
Odom Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  03:04  
  02:55 Garnett Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:55  
Bryant Free Throw 1 of 2 (34 PTS)  02:55
[LAL 76-87]
 
Bryant Free Throw 2 of 2 (35 PTS)  02:55
[LAL 77-87]
 
  02:38 Garnett Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Artest (1 ST) 
  02:25 Garnett Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
Gasol Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  02:25  
Team Rebound  02:25  
Gasol Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS)  02:25
[LAL 78-87]
 
  02:07 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
  02:06 Perkins Rebound (Off:3 Def:3) 
  01:44 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  01:41  
  01:41 Perkins Foul : Loose Ball (4 PF) 
Artest Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  01:41
[LAL 79-87]
 
Artest Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  01:41  
  01:41 Team Rebound 
Gasol Foul : Loose Ball (4 PF)  01:41  
  01:41 Perkins Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:41 Team Rebound 
Odom Substitution replaced by Bynum  01:41  
  01:41 Perkins Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Gasol Rebound (Off:6 Def:5)  01:41  
Team Timeout : Short  01:40  
Bynum Substitution replaced by Odom  01:40  
  01:30 Allen Foul : Shooting (5 PF) 
Bryant Free Throw 1 of 3 (38 PTS)  01:30
[LAL 80-87]
 
Bryant Free Throw 2 of 3 (38 PTS)  01:30
[LAL 81-87]
 
Bryant Free Throw 3 of 3 (38 PTS)  01:30
[LAL 82-87]
 
  01:06 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
  01:05 Perkins Rebound (Off:4 Def:3) 
  01:05 Team Timeout : Regular 
  01:05 Perkins Substitution replaced by Wallace 
  00:50.9 Wallace 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:46.6 Team Rebound 
  00:46.6 Jump Ball Garnett vs Fisher (Bryant gains possession) 
  00:46.6 Garnett Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Fisher (1 ST) 
  00:43.3 Pierce Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
Artest Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  00:43.3  
Team Rebound  00:43.3  
Artest Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  00:43.3  
  00:40.9 Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  00:38.9 Team Timeout : Short 
  00:35.2
[BOS 89-82]
Rondo Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Pierce (2 AST) 
Team Timeout : Short  00:35.2  
  00:35.2 Wallace Substitution replaced by Perkins 
Bryant 3pt Shot: Missed  00:30.9  
Odom Rebound (Off:3 Def:5)  00:29.9  
Odom Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS)  00:28.6
[LAL 84-89]
 
Fisher Foul : Personal (3 PF)  00:18.4  
  00:18.4
[BOS 90-84]
Allen Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS) 
  00:18.4
[BOS 91-84]
Allen Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Bryant 3pt Shot: Missed  00:12.9  
Gasol Rebound (Off:7 Def:5)  00:11.8  
Gasol Putback Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS)  00:10.1
[LAL 86-91]
 
Odom Foul : Personal (2 PF)  00:08.9  
  00:08.9 Garnett Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  00:08.9 Team Rebound 
  00:08.9
[BOS 92-86]
Garnett Free Throw 2 of 2 (18 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  00:08.9  
Bryant 3pt Shot: Missed  00:06.9  
Fisher Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  00:04.9  
Fisher 3pt Shot: Missed  00:02.3  
  00:01.0 Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
End of 4th Quarter
broadcast information
country channel time
usa ABC National 8:00 pm ET
canada TSN national 8:00 pm ET
 
standings
w
l
l10
h
a
LAL
1st Pacific
57
25
4-6
34-7
23-18
BOS
1st Atlantic
50
32
3-7
24-17
26-15
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
LAL
Bryant 33.7
Gasol 14.5
Bryant 8.3
Gasol 2.8
Bryant 2.1
BOS
Pierce 24.3
Garnett 8.8
Rondo 11.8
Perkins 2.3
Rondo 2.4
Celtics Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .483 .433
FT% .746 .772
Points 99.2 87.1
Rebounds 38.6 37.9
Assists 23.5 19.7
Steals 8.5 7.0
Blocks 4.9 4.3
3-Point % .348 .308
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Lakers Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .457 .418
FT% .765 .765
Points 101.7 90.6
Rebounds 44.3 42.4
Assists 21.1 14.6
Steals 7.5 7.3
Blocks 4.9 6.1
3-Point % .341 .280
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Composite Box Score updated through Game 7
Boston Celtics (3-4)
field goalsrebounds
  min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
Allen, Ray 275:55 33-90 12-41 24-25 4 15 19 12 23 5 12 0 5 102
Allen, Tony 103:10 8-24 0-1 6-7 3 4 7 3 16 7 5 5 3 22
Daniels, Marquis 4:21 1-2 1-1 2-2 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 5
Davis, Glen 143:58 18-39 0-0 11-16 16 23 39 3 17 6 7 3 6 47
Finley, Michael 5:17 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Garnett, Kevin 222:01 45-88 0-1 17-19 8 31 39 21 28 10 11 9 7 107
Perkins, Kendrick 140:43 12-21 0-0 11-17 14 21 35 6 16 1 8 0 6 35
Pierce, Paul 278:26 43-98 8-20 32-37 4 33 37 21 25 5 18 6 5 126
Robinson, Nate 70:42 12-30 5-15 5-5 2 6 8 13 6 1 4 0 1 34
Rondo, Rajon 271:51 44-97 2-6 5-19 16 28 44 53 12 11 19 2 8 95
Scalabrine, Brian 0:51 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wallace, Rasheed 144:27 15-41 5-21 2-2 3 29 32 6 26 3 3 5 1 37
Williams, Shelden 18:19 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 0 4 0 4 0 1 0
Los Angeles Lakers (4-3)
field goalsrebounds
  min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
Artest, Ron 251:00 26-72 11-32 11-20 12 20 32 9 24 10 11 4 4 74
Brown, Shannon 84:29 9-20 0-3 3-3 0 6 6 3 5 0 0 1 1 21
Bryant, Kobe 288:20 66-163 15-47 53-60 12 44 56 27 27 15 27 5 5 200
Bynum, Andrew 174:34 19-42 0-0 14-20 16 20 36 0 17 1 6 9 5 52
Farmar, Jordan 87:57 9-28 2-10 1-2 1 7 8 6 5 8 8 0 1 21
Fisher, Derek 214:07 21-50 2-10 16-17 3 18 21 14 25 6 9 0 2 60
Gasol, Pau 293:15 43-90 0-2 44-61 35 46 81 26 21 5 13 18 10 130
Ilunga-Mbenga, Didier 2:42 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Odom, Lamar 192:06 23-47 1-10 6-11 10 36 46 9 23 4 10 4 2 53
Powell, Josh 8:15 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vujacic, Sasha 51:58 6-16 4-10 5-6 3 4 7 5 5 2 1 0 0 21
Walton, Luke 31:17 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 3 3 0 2 2 0 2

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