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NBA Finals Game Five: Los Angeles vs Boston

In 2008 NBA Finals, 2008 NBA Playoffs, Game Log / Recap on June 16, 2008 at 4:08 am

Final game of the season for the Staples Centre tonight. If neccessary the next two games will be back in Boston.

Elimination game tonight. Boston have the better team and should close out the series tonight. It’ll be interesting to see how much pride the Lakers have in their team and see if they avoid the Celtics sealing the series on their homecourt. Memories of 1991 when the Lakers failed to do this are flooding back.

As for Boston we have a lineup change tonight. Kendrick Perkins is not able to go tonight, his shoulder injury from Game Four is bothering him too much. Instead we’ll see Leon Powe start the game with KG sliding over to the centre position. Leon will likely guard Lamar Odom. Powe is one of the best in the league at drawing charges so look out for Lamar Odom to get himself in trouble against Leon tonight because offensive charging fouls have caused him problems all series

  • Celitcs win the tip. Lakers matching up as expected with Gasol on KG and Odom on Powe. Pierce falls over and travels. Turnover.
  • Leon is matching up with Odom
  • Lakers first possession, Odom left wing, entry pass to the post, backs KG down, right jump hook in the lane. Hits it. Lovely move.
  • Gasol fouls KG on the other end. Sideline ball, KG iso, drives, jumps up with nowhere to go, turnover, Lakers fastbreak, three pointer, good.
  • Another quick Lakers foul with Radmanovic fouling Pierce.
  • Celtics cause havoc but end up confused on the ball movement as Pierce passes up a wide open jump shot then picks up the ball, rebound Odom, steal Boston, out of bounds. Boston turn it over after the inbounds.
  • Pierce drives, lot of contact, no foul, turnover, Fisher strips him, goes coast to coast, bumped out of bounds by KG.
  • Bryant face up J over Ray, miss right wing 18 footer
  • Ray drives inside, stops pivots, nowhere to go, finds KG, 18 footer baseline, hits it
  • Bryant drives inside, finds Fisher for a three, miss
  • KG inside down on the block, turnaround J over Odom, miss, rebound Gasol
  • Bryant iso above the free throw line, drive, spin, elevates, knocks it down
  • KG with a good look again from Rondo’s pentration, hits another 18 footer on that baseline
  • Perk tuck in your shirt beneath your suit please.
  • Rondo drives into the paint, drive and kick, open three pointer for Pierce, miss, Rondo saves it off a Laker.
  • Gasol scores again inside. Nice move.
  • PJ Brown comes in for Leon Powe
  • Lakers score again from the quick push and Kobe three, the Lakers lead 18-5
  • Timeout Doc Rivers
  • Pierce hits the FT line jumper over Radmanovic off the dribble.
  • Odom travels as the Celtics try to tie him up and confuse him. Turnover.
  • KG with a nice pass to PJ Brown, Lakers collapes, misses the short shot, Lakers rebound
  • Bryant pushes it up and takes another three pointer. That’s his third already. He has 11 of LA’s 21 points.
  • Eddie House knocks down the open three on the right wing. Derek Fisher can’t leave him that open.

Having trouble with my internet connection. Game log will start back in at the Second Quarter.

  • Farmar made some nice plays there at the end for LA on both ends of the floor. Good pressure defense on Eddie House which bothered Eddie.
  • 25 seconds to play in the first. Pierce high screen and roll, drives, fouled, will shoot two, misses the first, hits the second.
  • Bryant holds it for the final shot, finds Gasol, Gasol inside, goaltend on PJ Brown
  • Lakers lead 39-22
  • Kevin Garnett picked up his second foul and had to sit. That makes Boston quite small with their bigs.

Second Quarter

  • 39-35 Lakers scored in the first quarter tonight versus last night. The Lakers shot 65% in both. The difference is Kobe Bryant 15 points to 3.
  • Chris Mihm has come in for Los Angeles
  • Jordan Farmar drives right to the rim, hits the layup
  • Pierce drives from the top of the key, down the lane, Mihm goes for the block, Pierce just smacks into him and hits the short shot. Nice control by Mihm to jump straight up and avoid the foul. First appearance by Mihm in the Finals.
  • Vujacic gets the corner three, Lakers up 19
  • Pierce left wing, drives right by his mant othe rim, layup and the foul. Pierce is going to take over and lead this second unit. Tony Allen, PJ, Posey, Sam and Paul is the lineup. Pierce is burning Walton every time.
  • Vujacic misses the catch and shoot J from 17 feet off the off the ball screen
  • Pierce gets Vujacic off the switcfh, bodies him up and spins right by him at the top of the key, fouled at the rim, hits two. He’s unstoppable right now.
  • Trevor Ariza checks in to handle Pierce
  • Farmar has a three rim in and out, Ariza fights for it with Posey, out of bounds, Lakers ball.
  • Jeff Van Gundy – “So many guys out there for both teams who haven’t been in the rotation” – there really is and it’s a wierd sight.
  • Chris Mihm left block, goes baseline, hook shot, misses badly, fouls Pierce needlessly on the rebound
  • Ariza called for a push on Pierce. That’s four team fouls in 130 seconds. There’s 10 minutes to play and the Lakers are in the penalty.
  • Pierce drives right by Ariza again, Ariza crowding Paul, gets to the rim, toughly contested, hits it
  • Tony Allen steals the inbounds, drives back in, hand off to Posey, knocked loose. Celtics ball. Inbounds pass, Tony Allen runs off the screen, open for the dunk
  • Timeout Los Angeles
  • Boston on a 8-0 run
  • Pierce has 11 of the last 13 Celtics points. He has already 7 free throws. Oh and he had the assist on that other Celtics bucket.
  • 9 minutes to play in the half. Remember the Lakers are in the penalty and hack defensively.
  • Odom doubled late as he picks up the dribble, throws it away, turnover.
  • Phil Jackson upset that his defenders are overplaying Paul Pierce
  • Cassell slowly gets to the basket, decides to kick it out, Tony Allen drives, pull up J, hits it
  • Lovey bounce pass by Kobe to Turiaf, layup, charge. Bad call. Posey was moving and arrived there after Turiaf jumped. I hate those calls.
  • Turiaf mugged in the paint, called. Sideline ball.
  • Into the post to Gasol, kick out, re-post, backs down KG, turns and shoots, KG hits him on the arm, called for the foul. KG doesn’t think he got the arm, replay says it was both arm and ball. Tough to tell. He might be right, might be wrong. That’s three fouls. 7:37 left in the half. Actually that was a bad call, different angle. Too much ball. KG shouldn’t have reached while in foul trouble.
  • Gasol misses the free throw line
  • PJ Brown levels Gasol on the screen, Pierce open lane, slam dunk
  • Celtics are on a 12 run over the past 4 minutes
  • Tony Allen inside, spinning move, layup, miss, PJ Brown smacks it out of bounds, Celtics basketball. Bad call.
  • Pierce knocks down a three
  • Lakers lead 43-39
  • Vujacic misses the three, offesnive rebound Odom
  • Fisher forces a contested shot, Pierce gets a piece of it
  • Lakers haven’t scored in the last 5:10
  • Pierce misses a pull up three
  • Kobe has to score right now, throws a bad pass to Gasol, turnover, Gasol wasn’t looking.
  • Turnover as Tony’s pass to Sam goes out of bounds of Sam’s finger tips
  • Lakers have only four points in the first 6 minutes of the second quarter. Kobe iso left wing, in and out, miss, Odom tips it three times to himself, layup over PJ, miss, offensive rebound Gasol, fouled, not called. Laker ball baseline. Inbounds, Fisher three right wing, miss, offensive rebound Gasol, stolen by PJ to Tony. Celtics push it up, Pierce’s drive goes nowhere, Cassell has to take it, miss, Gasol rebounds, PJ Brown pushes him on the rebound, not called, hasn’t been called all series, Gasol loses it out of bounds. Celtics miss again, rebound Gasol. Well he’s fighting.
  • Gasol lobs it into Odom, layup
  • First basket in almost 7 minutes
  • Timeout Celtics
  • Lakers are 3-13 from the field here in the second quarter
  • Lakers lead 45-39 with 4 minutes to play
  • Posey misses a three, rebound Bryant, pushes it up, jumps to pass it over the top to Odom, Odom smacked to the ground, fouled.
  • Bryant three pointer, miss, offensive rebound Odom, layup, tech on Radmanovic. Rad was pissed at the refs lack of calls under the backboards.
  • Tony Allen flies by Radmanovic, layup over Gasol
  • Lovely pass by Gasol to Lamar Odom, layup and the foul
  • Tony Allen blows by his defender, Farmar, again, gives it up
  • Farmar air balls a three
  • Lakers lead 50-42
  • Tony Allen finds Ray off the screen, three pointer left wing, hits it
  • Farmar responds with a three of his own
  • Ray pushes it quickly, back to Paul, foul off the ball on Fisher. Ray gets two freebies. Tech no Derek Fisher.
  • Lovely ball movement by LA again, swing it to the corner, baseline pass, reverse layup Odom. Odom has 9 points on 4-5 shooting in the period now.
  • Farmar three pointer miss, PJ pulls back Gasol and holds down his arms, no call.
  • Ray to the hoop, fouled o nthe layup, hits two
  • Kobe smacked across the arms, no call, out of bounds
  • Pierce iso on Fisher, hits the three over him
  • Halftime

Halftime

  • Lakers lead 55-52
  • The refs have been absolutely horrible. Gasol is getting smacked around on every rebound to a ridiculous level and not one foul has been called. Celtics hitting the Lakers all over the court.
  • Pierce was phenomenal in the second quarter especially in the first 6 minutes, he just took the game over and pulled his back into it.
  • The refs have lost control of this game
  • The Lakers are overly emotional and it’s killing their performance. They have no hopes of winning this game if they keep reacting to every single play like this. Some poise and focus is badly needed from them right now.
  • Some Team Stats – Lakers lead 20-15 on the boards and 5-2 offensive boards. Combined blocks/steals is 6-4 LA. Lakers have 7 turnovers costing them 9 points, Celtics have 6 turnovers costing them 7 points. The Lakers have 11 assists on 19 buckets on 44 attempts for 50% shooting, 6-16 from three and 5-8 from the FT line. The Celtics have 12 assists on 19 buckets on 39 shots for 49% from the floor, 5-10 from three, 9-12 from the line.
  • Pau Gasol has 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Odom has 11 and 7. Kobe hasn’t scored since the first quarter and has 15 points. Farmar led the bench with 7 points.
  • The Celtics second unit got them back in the game. The Lakers have no answers for two penetrators of Tony Allen and Paul Pierce’s caliber.
  • Paul Pierce was phenomenal with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. KG had 8 points but was limited to 11 minutes. Ray had 9 points.

Second Half – Third Quarter

  • Lakers lead 55-52
  • Celtics have dominated the thid all series. Plus 9, 10, 8 and 16 over the four games. That’s a plus 43 points in the third quarter for Boston this series.
  • PJ Brown starts the third
  • Pierce steps on the sideline as he makes his move, turnover
  • Pierce whistled for a foul on a Radmanovic flop on a screen and roll.
  • Odom takes it right at KG, layup, he wants that fourth foul
  • Rondo drives, jumps up, nowhere to go, loses the ball, Kobe taps it out of bounds.
  • Baseline inbounds pass, backdoor layup Ray Allen. Exact same play as earlier
  • Bryant misses the short shot over KG
  • Rondo steals Radmanovic’s rebound, just took it out of his hands, Rondo on the drive and kick to Ray Allen three pointer right wing, hits it
  • Kobe misses a three
  • Kobe isn’t driving anymore.
  • This game has the potential to end in a Celtics rout right now
  • Pierce fouled, hits one of two, Celtics have the lead, rebound Gasol
  • Radmanovic misses the short hook off a lovely pass by Gasol
  • Odom forces the miss on Pierce’s fastbreak layup, great contest, defensive rebound Odom, three Celtics around him looking to steal the ball, one dribble, long pass ahead, Kobe to Gasol, short hook, miss, offensive rebound Kobe, he dribbles back in, fouled and hits the fallaway over KG. Makes the FT.
  • Garnett in the post, driving layup, hits it
  • 60-60 Tie Game
  • Rondo pokes away Fisher’s dribble out of bounds. Second straight possession he knocks that loose.
  • Offensive foul on Kobe Bryant as Pierce draws the foul. Great play by Pierce
  • Rondo left wide open by Kobe Bryant, hits the 21 footer from the corner
  • Gasol backs down KG, spin move, layup over PJ Brown and KG, hits it
  • Pierce tries to draw the foul on the three, no call, right call, miss, offensive rebound tapped, KG gets it, Fisher is boxing him out, fouls him under the hoop before the shot.
  • Rondo smacks Kobe as he made himself available for the outlet pass. So many Celtics fouls on rebounds.
  • Gasol driving reverse layup and the foul. That’s four on KG.
  • Doc is going to leave him in
  • Rondo left wide open again, same spot, miss
  • They change the foul to PJ Brown, that’s four on PJ, three on KG.
  • KG slaps Odom’s dribble, off Odom’s foot out of bounds, turnover
  • KG right block, travel, turnover
  • Bryant looks to calm it down, that’s a mistake, you don’t want to let the C’s defense set up. Odom takes a 20 footer off the dribble, KG just gave it to him, in and out
  • Celtics rebound, ahead to Pierce, Paul drives left from the left wing, gets to the rim, layup
  • Kobe Brytant offensive foul as Posey draws another charge
  • Lakers lead 65-64 somehow
  • 6 minutes to play in the third
  • Rondo flips up a layup over Kobe, miss, both fight for it, Kobe snatches it
  • Rondo ties up Fisher as Fish looks to penetrate, Rondo was on Kobe and just sagged off at the last minute. Rondo will win this tip. Kobe needed to take Rondo into the post. Fisher wins the tip, Kobe controls the ball, Kobe top of the key, drives on Ray, down the right hand side of the lane, out to Fisher in the right corner, shot fake, pull up J off the one dribble, fouled by Fish, off the backboard, good, hits the FT.
  • Rondo drives on Kobe, throws it out, Radmanovic steals it, Kobe pushes it hard, drives inside, out to Fisher on the left wing, touch pass to the left corner, Radmanovic from three, nails it
  • Timeout Boston
  • Lakers lead 71-64
  • 11-2 Lakers run during the last 3 plus minutes
  • Radmanovic iso’d in the corner, Pierce drives right by him, reverse layup. The help was coming from the top, he was meant to seal the baseline. Didn’t
  • Great play by Posey to knock the ball loose from Odom on the drive, he had a layup there and was just starting to elevate
  • JVG wants Odom on Pierce and I absolutely agree. They have no other acceptable option
  • Fisher fouled in the backcourt by Eddie House, in the penalty, hits both.
  • 4 minutes to play in the third
  • Ray Allen drives on Fisher, throws it away, Kobe dribbles turns it over, Radmanovic beats everyone to the loose ball, then he throws it away, Celtics steal going the other way, Ray Allen fouled on the driving floater. Ray hits both. Ray has 16 points now.
  • Blood rule as Eddie needs to sit
  • Cassell misses the three pointer, fast push by LA, Gasol beats everyone down into the paint, seals Sammy right under the hoop, KG smacks Gasol from behind, foul on KG. Gasol makes the first, makes the second.
  • 2:30 to play in the third
  • Sam looking to find Ray off the ball, Ray Allen pops out off the screen, open three, miss, offensive rebound Posey. Foul by Odom, not in the penalty. Sideline out.
  • Cassell tries to lob it into KG, Gasol tips it out, Sam gets it back, finds Ray in the corner, three pointer, miss, tap by KG, Celtics get it, back to Ray in the corner, steps on the sideline, turnover
  • Posey dives on Fisher’s entry pass into the post, knocks it out of bounds
  • Eddie back in for Sam
  • Gasol fouled, not called, finds Sasha open from 15 feet baseline, miss, Odom steals the offensive rebound, to Kobe, miss
  • KG into the paint, misses the hook shot in the lane, Kobe brings it up, slides through the paint, finds Vujacic on the left wing, open three pointer miss, offensive rebound Gasol, out to Fisher, corner three, miss, tap by Gasol out of bounds off Pierce. Great work by Gasol on the backboards.
  • 54 seconds to play in the third
  • Lakers ball, inbounds baseline, Vujacia trapped in the corner again, Gasol makes himself big, gets the pass, quick pass to Odom, one dribble layup
  • Eddie House sees an open lane, tries to drive, changes his mind, jumps up nowhere to go, throws it out of bounds
  • Gasol fouled inside, basket doesn’t count, on the floor, in the penalty so he’ll shoot two.
  • Mark Jackson had some good advice for Gasol – paraphrasing – know how PJ Brown is defending you, he’s being very physical bumping you and not letting you back him down, make that quick sharp move earlier and he’ll foul you.
  • Pierce holding it for the final shot, Walton on Pierce, PIerce gets by out to Posey, to Ray in the corner, miss, rebound Gasol.
  • Lakers win the third quarter for the first time this postseason

Fourth Quarter

  • Lakers lead 79-70
  • Pierce drives, spins into the middle, knees Odom in the balls, gets fouled, goes to the line, hits two.
  • Odom is still shaking it off, doing a bit better now.
  • Farmar brings it up, high screen and roll with Odom, nothing going, Lakers swing the ball. Farmar gets it back top of the key, drives left, down the lane, on the drive, hits the layup
  • Quick push, nothing going, Odom decides to shoot from downtown, hits it. Only the third three pointer of the playoffs from Odom
  • Timeout Boston
  • Good timeout Doc again. His last timeout to get Rondo out in the third was very good also. He’s doing a great job of controlling the tempo best he can.
  • Pierce on the drive, out muscles Kobe to get to the rim, layup. Bryant defending Pierce now. He has four fouls so this is something to watch.
  • KG taps loose the entry pass to Gasol from behind, out of bounds, still Lakers ball. Inbounds to Gasol, drives hard on KG, Boston collapse, pass to the corner to Sasha, to the left wing to Farmar, shot fake, drives hard to the rim, finishes off the glass over KG
  • Gasol blocks Ray. Great play by Gasol, KG tapped the offensive rebound out to Ray, Ray drives, Gasol from the weakside, smacks the ball up in the air, snatches it, fouled by Ray
  • Dumb foul by Sasha as he pointlessly hits Posey after the rebound
  • Gasol steals the ball as KG’s pass is knocked loose, long outlet to Walton from the bottom right corner to the left sideline at halfcourt, Walton brings it up and hits the pull up jump shot
  • Walton fouls on the pass. That’s three team fouls with 9 minutes to go.
  • Lakers lead 88-74
  • Ray inbounds easily to Sam, he backs down Farmar, great defense, up and under, lovely move, shoots it, gets a piece of the shot, Cassell hits it anyway. Great play by Cassell and good defense by Farmar. He didn’t let Sammy back him down.
  • Farmar has the ball knocked loose out of bounds. Inbounds. Vujacic three pointer top of the key, miss, Gasol keeps it alive, Vujacic runs it down, Sammy ties him up and throws him to the ground as Cassell tries to wrestle it away from him. Vujacic should win this tip, let’s see, he’s going to Kobe, no taps it to Gasol, KG gets a piece of it, to PIerce, Sasha keeps it alive, Kobe steals it from Pierce. Inside to Gasol, out to Vujacic top of the key, three pointer, it’s down and out, oh my. Out of bounds of Boston, inbounds baseline, out top to Walton, to Farmar, Farmar drives inside, layup, miss.
  • Sam Cassell pump fake, Farmar buys it, Cassell draws the foul and hits the jumper off the glass. He hits the FT too. Huge 5-0 run by Boston.
  • Lakers lead 88-79 with 8 minutes to play
  • Way too much time left
  • Bryant face up J over PIece. Walton got trapped as he picked up the dribble, Kobe sprinted 15 feet or so to make himself available, than jab step boom.
  • Sam Cassell misses the corner J, offensive rebound, KG, to Sammy, drives inside, layup. Sam has 7 straight points.
  • Gasol left block, jump hook, soft shot, miss
  • Garnett tries to draw contact, doesn’t get the foul, great help defense by Walton making himself big.
  • Bryant takes a quick jump shot, miss.
  • Walton dives on the floor, fouls Pierce at midcourt. Dumb foul again. They’re in the penalty. Pierce makes both.
  • Seven point game with 6 minutes to play.
  • Bryant’s pass deflected by Pierce, Kobe knocks it out of bounds trying to save it.
  • Pierce dribbles it up, high screen and roll, KG goes away, Pierce drives, falls over,  passes it out, ball bobbles out to Posey, he hits the three
  • Kobe brings it up, drives, finds Fisher in the corner, misses the three, offensive rebound by Odom, slips out of his hands, out of bounds. Celtics ball.
  • Timeout LA
  • Lakers were up 14 points with about 9 minutes to play. Four minutes later the Celtics had cut the lead to 4.
  • Lakers lead 90-86
  • Pierce to the hoop again, fouled again. Hits two again. 5:16 to play. Pierce has 34 points, same as his jersey, and 8 assists on 10-20 shooting. He’s been phenomenal again.
  • 14-2 Celtics run
  • Fisher has to take a long three to beat the shot clock, miss
  • Celtics turnover, Fisher was out of bounds as he stole the pass. Celtics ball. That looked like a fastbreak layup right there.
  • Pierce to the bucket, high screen and roll, drives on Gasol, finds KG open at the elbow, KG hits it
  • Pierce picks up his fourth foul fouling Kobe Bryant
  • Pau Gasol up and under on KG, gets hit and fouled, no call, hits the short hook
  • Ray Allen top of theky, lobs it in to Garnett, fouled by Odom from behind
  • JVG – “Lakers are having to take tougher shots” and – Celtics are giving it to Pierce and on a simple high screen and roll are getting easier shots
  • KG hits one of two
  • Pierce great ball denial on Bryant, picks up his dribble, foul on Garnett off the ball, didn’t see what happened. That’s five on KG.
  • Lakers inbounds to Fisher, to Odom top of the key, entry pass to Kobe in the post, fouled by Pierce, that’s five fouls on Paul.
  • Timeout Lakers
  • 3:31 to play
  • Lakers lead 92-91, the smallest of margins. Lakers ball still
  • Kobe is only 1-8 from the field since the first quarter. He can’t score. Pierce is bothering him.
  • Bryant drives, double is there, spins back on the right elbow, forces up the J, no last minute dish to Odom, layup, hacked by Posey. Good foul by Posey. Odom makes the first as he gets a friendly roll, makes the second.
  • 3:23 to play
  • Celtics bring it up, high screen and roll, Kobe knocks it away from Pierce, Fisher steals it, coast to coast, fouled. Great defensive play by Bryant. Brilliant. 3:07 to play. Posey  blocks the shot to avoid the three point play, Fisher misses the first, hits the second.
  • Pierce on the drive, Farmar knocks down Pierce to avoid the layup. Pierce hits the first, hits the second.
  • 2:56 to play
  • Lakers lead 95-93
  • Pierce has played the entire game
  • Lakers inbounds to Fisher, he brings it up calmly, to Kobe, iso, high screen and roll now, Ray kicks the dribble. Shot clock reset.
  • Gasol with a lovely move, misses the short hook, goes for the rebound, slightly bumps KG, KG flops, KG gets the call. KG to the FT line as LA are in the penalty. KG has 13 points and is 1-2 from the line, he’ll make two, misses the first, screaming at himself, he’ll make the second, he misses the second.
  • Gasol rebounds, to Kobe, Kobe brings it up, milks the clock, drives on Ray, fouled on the drive. Odom and Posey smacks Odom after the foul call. They have words. Kobe goes to the FT line, hits the first, he’s got a little jump in his step after that it’s called relief, hits the second.
  • Lakers lead 97-93 with 2:14 to play
  • Pierce drives again, goes right at Gasol, miss, KG point blank tip shot at the rim, air ball, Pierce gets it, misses it, Lakers come away with it.
  • Kobe iso, forces the short J on the pump fake, miss, Gasol offensive rebound.
  • Kobe milks the clock, 1:23 to play, Kobe takes the long three, in and out, Odom tips it, loose ball foul. Horrible call by the officials.
  • 1:14 to play
  • Pierce back to the FT line, he hits another two FTs, he has 19 FTs tonight, and 39 points.
  • Tony Allen comes in for defensive purposes alongside Pierce, Ray, Posey, KG. Lots of length and quickness, they’ll switch everything defensively.
  • Kobe brings it up. Ray is on him. Kobe milks the clock, down to 10, makes his move, fouled on the pass, Gasol gets it, out to Fisher, three pointer, miss, Pierce comes away with an incredible contested rebound.
  • Pierce drives, Kobe from behind pokes it loose, he leaks out, Lakers get it, long outlet, slam dunk
  • Timeout Doc
  • That’s Kobe’s fifth steal tonight. Great quick pass by Lamar Odom. Posey was running hard after Bryant. Great play by Kobe to sprint hard to make sure he got the easier two.
  • 37 seconds to play
  • Boston bring it up 2/3rds of the court. Pierce inbounds to Ray, Ray drives to the hoop, miss, Garnett’s tip misses, Garnett and Ray trap Odom after Odom comes down with it, knock the pass out of bounds.
  • Timeout Phil
  • 27 seconds to play
  • Lakers advance the ball on the timeout
  • Lakers lead 99-95
  • Inbounds to Fisher, fouled by Ray as he and KG go for the steal. He has shot 85% from the line in the playoffs. He takes and misses the first. Second free throw … PJ Brown comes in to rebound, Fisher only 5-8 from the line tonight, Tony Allen left the floor, checking for an illegal sub, nope …. Fisher huge free throw …. good.
  • 5 point game
  • 24.8 seconds to play
  • Timeout Doc Rivers. He has 1 more timeout after this.
  • Doc drawing up a play frantically.
  • Eddie House open in the corner, miss, rebound Gasol, hacked, not called, Gasol gets it to Kobe, Kobe dribbles up the left sideline, waste 6 seconds off the clock as Ray fouls and fouls out of the game.
  • Phil talking to Farmar about the defensive mistake that allowed Eddie to get himself open in the corner
  • Kobe swishes the first, 6 point game, misses the second, rebound KG, timeout Celtics.
  • 15.4 seconds remaining. 6 point game.
  • That’s the final Celtics timeout.
  • JVG ripping apart the Lakers defense right now. He feels their two best defensive plays where Kobe’s hail mary steal and KG’s missed FTs.
  • Eddie takes the corner three again, contested lightly, hits the  high arcer. Gasol inbounds, to Kobe, Eddie dives on it, Kobe saves it to Fisher, FIsher dribbles out of four Celtics, fouled by Posey. Great defense by the Celtics trying to force the turnover there. Fisher hits the first FT. That’s the game right there. Gasol comes out. Fisher hits the second.
  • 9 seconds to play, quick advance, steal Fisher. Game Over

This series is heading back to Boston. It was ugly but the Lakers pulled it out. Honourable metion to Paul Pierce who was incredible tonight.

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