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The game seemed to be just about over when the Celtics were up by 22 points late in the second half, but the problem was that they were playing Kobe Bryant and the L.A. Lakers who have played quite a few late-game upsets recently. However, the Celtics were able to hold the Lakers and take Game 2 of the NBA Finals by winning 108-102.
Paul Pierce was unstoppable tonight, especially in the first half when he scored 16 points. He finished the night with 28 points, eight assists, and four rebounds. He hit three’s, he made layups, he hit key foul shots again at the end of the game, and moved to the basket like no one else could. Kevin Garnett added 17 points grabbed 14 rebounds to have yet another double-double night. Ray Allen added 17 as well in the win.
The Celtics bench asserted themselves in this game once again. P.J. Brown and James Posey continued to contribute quality minutes off the bench. Leon Powe was the big story though: he had 21 points in just 15 minutes of playing time off the bench. Powe gave the team everything it needed, including huge dunks and a lot of foul shots. Powe came up big off the bench and really helped give the Celtics that last spark to put the Lakers away.
Los Angles was led by, no surprise, Kobe Bryant. Kobe had 30 points, eight assists, and four rebounds to finish with outstanding numbers once again. He cannot do it alone though if the Lakers want to have any chance against the Celtics in this series. Tonight, Kobe did receive some help from Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, and Vladamir Radmanovic who all scored in double figures. Gasol had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Radmanovic had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Lamar Odom finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.
The Celtics played great in this one for just about 42 minutes or so. The last five or six minutes of the game were very scary for Boston fans. The Lakers had been down by as much as 24 points in the fourth quarter with just about eight minutes remaining. They stormed back though and got as close as two points away from the Celtics. Some key free throws from Paul Pierce put L.A. away, but the Celtics need to keep their heads in the game for 48 minutes and continue to play like they did before that if they want to win it all.
So far so good and the title is halfway there now, but with three games in L.A. coming up, the Celtics face a challenge that has proved difficult for them all through the playoffs: road games. Against Detroit however, the C’s proved they could win some on the road. I truly believe that Games 3 and 4 are very crucial to the Celtics winning it all because they do not want to come to Boston being down 3-2. The Celtics just need to take one game in L.A. and they should be fine, but we will have to wait and see what happens. Game 3 is Tuesday, June 10 at 9 p.m.