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2010 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics, NBA Finals, Game 4

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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 - 2 Boston Celtics

GAME 4: L.A. Lakers 89 - Boston Celtics 96

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers Bryant: 33 Artest/Odom: 7 Artest/Gasol: 3
Celtics Pierce: 19 Perkins: 7 Pierce: 5
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 16 29 17 27 89
BOS 19 23 18 36 96
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June 10 - Boston. An unexpected bunch of players made the difference for the Celtics in the fourth quarter to allow Boston to tie the NBA Finals series 2-2 with a 96-89 win at home.

The Lakers stayed in the game for three quarters despite the absence of Andrew Bynum in the middle and they were even leading by two, 62-60 at the end of the third. But with Nate Robinson, Glen Davis, Rasheed Wallace and Tony Allen plus the only starter Ray Allen on the floor, the Celtics opened the fourth with a 14-4 run and the dreams of going up 3-1 in the series slipped away from L.A.'s hands.

Glen "Big Baby" Davis bullied Gasol and Odom inside, taking advantage of his width body and his graceful movements to score 18 points in 22 minutes and the small and energetic Nate Robinson was the spark they were needing scoring 12 in 17 minutes while leading the reserves. Kobe Bryant scored 33 points but all his shots were well contested by the Celtics defense and he had just 2 assists and committed 7 turnovers. Kobe scored 12 of his points in the fourth while trying to keep the Lakers alive. He made 3 free throws with 1:07 remaining to get the L.A. with six, 84-90 but in the next possession his pass to Odom was stolen by Rajon Rondo, the NBA's steals leader in the season, who ran the floor for a layup and basically ended the game.

Paul Pierce, who disappeared for long periods of time still managed to get 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, Kevin Garnett added 13 points and 6 rebounds and Ray Allen who had a record eight 3-pointers in game 2 and then went 0 for 13 from the field in game 3, got 12 points but shot 4-for-11 including 0-for-4 from beyond the 3-point line. Pau Gasol had 21 points for L.A.

The Celtics bench outscored the Laker's 36-18 and that's considering Lamar Odom and his 10 points as bench contribution. In fact the Lakers forward stayed on the floor for 39 minutes, obliged by Andrew Bynum's absence. Bynum started the game but his knee didn't allow him to play much (12 minutes) forcing Gasol to move to the center position most of the time, which brought back bad memories from 2008. The Celtics also outrebounded the Lakers 41-34 and, in which has already became a trend on these Finals, the team who wins on the boards wins the game.

The Quotes

Phil Jackson (LAL Coach): "I thought Lamar was going to kind of sit this one out I thought the scoring Davis did at the other end of the floor affected his game." About Kobe "He was tired. Physically I thought he had to work too hard in the course of the game and he couldn't finish it out the way he wanted to finish it out."

Kobe Bryant (Lakers): "They got all the energy points, the hustle points, second chance points, points in the paint, beat us to the loose balls, I mean, that's how the game turned around." "We didn't have that big presence in the middle and they took full advantage of it."

Pau Gasol (Lakers): "We know what to do. We know how to play. We know how to get it done. And we know how important Game 5 will be, so we've just got to get ourselves mentally and physically ready ... to accomplish our mission."

Andrew Bynum (Lakers): "I didn't really have any strength in the leg."

Doc Rivers (Celtics Coach): "I don't think guys really care and that's why we're here, it really is, (Rajon) Rondo and the rest of them, they were begging me to keep guys in. 'Don't take them out! Don't take them out!' It was great. That's the loudest I've seen our bench, and it was the starters cheering from the bench."

Glen Davis (Celtics): ""All I'm thinking about is, 'Let's win,' I'm not thinking about anything else. I'm not even thinking about Kobe making all these shots, worried about this or worried about that. I'm just worried about winning, whatever it takes to win, and just making sure that I give my teammates positive energy to finish out the game."

Nate Robinson (Celtics): "We just knew we had to bring our energy, that's the main thing for us," Robinson said of his fellow reserves. "The more energy we bring, the better offensively we are and the better defensively we are."

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Kobe Bryant 33 6 2 2 - 7 TO
Pau Gasol 21 6 3 - 2 4 TO
Lamar Odom 10 7 1 1 -  
Ron Artest 9 7 3 - 1  
Derek Fisher 6 1 2 1 -  
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Paul Pierce 19 6 5 1 - 5 TO
Glen Davis 18 5 - 2 -  
Kevin Garnett 13 6 3 2 1  
Ray Allen 12 5 1 1 -  
Nate Robinson 12 2 2 1 -  

Complete Boxscore

LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Ron Artest, SF 42 4-10 0-1 1-1 4 3 7 3 0 1 0 2 +1 9
Pau Gasol, PF 44 6-13 0-1 9-10 1 5 6 3 0 2 4 4 -9 21
Andrew Bynum, C 12 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 1 +1 2
Kobe Bryant, SG 43 10-22 6-11 7-8 0 6 6 2 2 0 7 5 -8 33
Derek Fisher, PG 31 3-6 0-2 0-1 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 4 +4 6
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Lamar Odom, PF 39 5-10 0-1 0-1 1 6 7 1 1 0 1 5 -5 10
Shannon Brown, PG 11 2-5 0-1 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -9 5
Sasha Vujacic, SG 7 0-1 0-1 0-0 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 -6 0
Jordan Farmar, PG 11 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 1 -4 3
Josh Powell, C DNP COACH'S DECISION
Luke Walton, SF DNP COACH'S DECISION
D.J. Mbenga, C DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals 32-71 7-20 18-22 8 26 34 13 6 3 15 23   89
Percentages:   45.1% 35.0% 81.8%
  Fast break points:   2
Points in the paint:   34
Team TO ( points off ):   16 (15)
+/- 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 27 5-13 0-0 3-3 3 3 6 3 2 1 2 3 +1 13
Paul Pierce, SF 36 7-12 0-1 5-7 1 5 6 5 1 0 5 3 0 19
Kendrick Perkins, C 25 3-5 0-0 0-0 3 4 7 0 0 0 0 2 0 6
Ray Allen, SG 41 4-11 0-4 4-4 0 5 5 1 1 0 0 3 +9 12
Rajon Rondo, PG 31 5-15 0-1 0-2 2 3 5 3 3 0 1 0 +1 10
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Rasheed Wallace, C 22 1-5 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 5 +7 3
Marquis Daniels, SG 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tony Allen, SG 18 1-4 0-1 1-1 2 1 3 1 1 1 2 3 +4 3
Nate Robinson, PG 17 4-8 2-4 2-2 1 1 2 2 1 0 1 2 +8 12
Glen Davis, PF 22 7-10 0-0 4-4 4 1 5 0 2 0 0 0 +5 18
Shelden Williams, PF DNP COACH'S DECISION
Michael Finley, SG DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals 37-83 3-12 19-23 16 25 41 15 12 2 12 21   96
Percentages: 44.6% 25.0% 82.6%
  Fast break points:   15
Points in the paint:   54
Team TO ( points off ):   12 (16)
+/- denotes team's net points while the player is on the court.
Flagrant Fouls: None
Technical Fouls: PLAYERS: 2 BOSTON ( N Robinson 1, R Wallace 1 ) - TEAMS (def3sec): None - COACHES: None
Officials: Scott Foster , Greg Willard , Eddie F. Rush
Attendance: 18,624
Time of Game: 02:37

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