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2010 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics, NBA Finals, Game 3

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2010 NBA Playoffs NBA Finals
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics

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Series Index:

Game 1: Lakers 102, Celtics 89 at Los Angeles   Game recap & pictures
Game 2: Celtics 103, Lakers 94 at Los Angeles   Game recap & pictures
Game 3: Lakers 91, Celtics 84 at Boston Game recap & pictures
Game 4: Celtics 96, Lakers 89 at Boston   Game recap & pictures
Game 5: Celtics 92, Lakers 86 at Boston   Game recap & pictures
Game 6: Lakers 89, Celtics 67 at Los Angeles   Game recap & pictures
Game 7: Lakers 83, Celtics 79 at Los Angeles Game recap & pictures

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Los Angeles Lakers 2 - 1 Boston Celtics

GAME 3: L.A. Lakers 91 - Boston Celtics 84

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers Bryant: 29 Gasol/Bynum: 10 Bryant/Gasol: 4
Celtics Garnett: 25 Perkins: 11 Rondo: 8
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 26 26 15 24 91
BOS 17 23 21 23 84
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June 8 - Boston. Derek Fisher owned the fourth quarter to help the Lakers get a 91-84 win at Boston and regain control of the NBA Finals.

Kobe Bryant scored 25 of his 29 points in the first three quarters and his defensive intensity was setting the tone for his team. But he was shooting too much and not sharing the ball and the offense was suffering it. The Celtics had almost erased a 17-point second-quarter deficit to get within 68-67 with 8:56 left in the fourth when Derek Fisher started to write another chapter for his book of clutch playoffs performances. He scored 11 of his 16 points in the final minutes, including 6 consecutive for L.A. and the play of the game when with his team up 84-80 and 48 seconds left grabbed a defensive rebound and ran straight to Boston's basket, three Celtics tryed to stop him at the end but he scored, was fouled and made the free throw to put the game out of reach.

And that rebound he grabbed was after Ray Allen's final miss. Allen went from setting a Finals record with 8 three-pointers in game 2 to going 0-for-13 from the field in game 3, including 8 misses from beyond the three-point line. And most of the time he was defended by... Fisher. In fact most of the Lakers made a good defensive effort with Kobe controlling Rajon Rondo (11 points, 8 assists), Artest doing what he is suppose to do which is basically slow Paul Pierce (15 points), and Bynum and Gasol intimidating in the paint.

The one who didn't get intimidated and made his first serious contribution in these series was Kevin Garnett who led the Celtics with 25 points. It was clear that he was not going to be just a shadow of the great players he once was when he scored the game's first 6 points of the game to tie his point total from game 2.

Andrew Bynum gave a scare to Laker fans when he went limping to the bench with 5 minutes left in the third. He returned in the fourth but his absence was one of the factors the Celtics used to get closer on the scoreboard.

Lamar Odom, the other player missing in action so far had a couple of key plays and contributed 12 points.

Games 4 and 5 will be played at Boston and unless the Lakers win both, the NBA Finals will return to L.A. for games 6 and 7.

The Quotes

Phil Jackson (LAL Coach): "The job that Fish did on Allen was terrific tonight."

Kobe Bryant (Lakers): "Truthfully, he's done it over and over and over again. So it's almost his responsibility to our team to do these things

Derek Fisher (Lakers): "Our thoughts are really just still on how disappointed we are, or were, losing that second game on our home court. I think that had more of our attention and focus than what happened in '08. We didn't doubt our ability to win here... We understand when you want to be the best, you have to win wherever, whenever." "Five or 10 years from now, when I'm long gone, I would have hated to feel like I didn't just do everything I could have to help my team. Things have worked out well, and we have two more wins to get to really put a nice cap on it."

Doc Rivers (Celtics Coach): about Ray Allen "It's a hell of a swing, I'll tell you that. It's basketball. That's why you can't worry about it. He'll be back in the gym tomorrow and getting ready for the next game. ... It happens to the best of us."

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Kobe Bryant 29 7 4 2 3  
Derek Fisher 16 3 1 - -  
Pau Gasol 13 10 4 - 2  
Lamar Odom 12 5 1 - -  
Andrew Bynum 9 10 - - 1  
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Kevin Garnett 25 6 3 - 1  
Paul Pierce 15 2 2 - -  
Glen Davis 12 3 - - -  
Rajon Rondo 11 3 8 2 -  
Tony Allen 7 2 1 - -  

Complete Boxscore

LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Ron Artest, SF 23 1-4 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 1 1 2 -12 2
Pau Gasol, PF 39 5-11 0-0 3-6 2 8 10 4 0 2 1 2 0 13
Andrew Bynum, C 29 3-9 0-0 3-3 5 5 10 0 0 1 1 2 0 9
Kobe Bryant, SG 44 10-29 1-7 8-8 2 5 7 4 2 3 1 2 +10 29
Derek Fisher, PG 41 6-12 0-3 4-4 0 3 3 1 0 0 2 5 +8 16
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Lamar Odom, PF 28 5-5 1-1 1-1 1 4 5 1 0 0 1 4 +14 12
Luke Walton, SF 13 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 2 +13 2
Shannon Brown, PG 16 2-3 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 +1 4
Sasha Vujacic, SG 0 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +2 2
Jordan Farmar, PG 7 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 -1 2
Josh Powell, C DNP COACH'S DECISION
D.J. Mbenga, C DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals 34-76 2-15 21-24 11 32 43 13 2 7 8 20   91
Percentages:   44.7% 13.3% 87.5%
  Fast break points:   8
Points in the paint:   38
Team TO ( points off ):   9 (8)
+/- denotes team's net points while the player is on the court.
BOSTON CELTICS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Kevin Garnett, PF 32 11-16 0-0 3-4 2 4 6 3 0 1 3 5 0 25
Paul Pierce, SF 34 5-12 3-4 2-3 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 5 +1 15
Kendrick Perkins, C 22 1-4 0-0 3-4 5 6 11 1 0 0 2 2 +7 5
Ray Allen, SG 42 0-13 0-8 2-2 1 3 4 2 0 0 2 2 -10 2
Rajon Rondo, PG 42 5-10 0-1 1-4 0 3 3 8 2 0 0 4 +2 11
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Rasheed Wallace, C 19 1-5 0-3 0-0 0 4 4 3 2 1 0 4 -10 2
Tony Allen, SG 20 3-4 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 -5 7
Nate Robinson, PG 6 2-4 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -9 5
Glen Davis, PF 24 4-5 0-0 4-5 0 3 3 0 0 0 3 3 -11 12
Marquis Daniels, SG DNP COACH'S DECISION
Shelden Williams, PF DNP COACH'S DECISION
Michael Finley, SG DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals 32-73 4-18 16-24 8 27 35 20 4 2 10 27   84
Percentages: 43.8% 22.2% 66.7%
  Fast break points:   12
Points in the paint:   50
Team TO ( points off ):   10 (13)
+/- denotes team's net points while the player is on the court.
Flagrant Fouls: None
Technical Fouls: PLAYERS: None - TEAMS (def3sec): None - COACHES: None
Officials: Bennett Salvatore , Dan Crawford , Bill Kennedy
Attendance: 18,624
Time of Game: 02:43

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