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2010 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics, NBA Finals, Game 5

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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 - 3 Boston Celtics

GAME 5: L.A. Lakers 86 - Boston Celtics 92

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers Bryant: 38 Gasol: 12 Bryant: 4
Celtics Pierce: 27 Garnett: 10 Rondo: 8
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 20 19 26 21 86
BOS 22 23 28 19 92
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June 13 - Boston. The Lakers needed to win this game to prove they are not the same that lost against the Celtics two years ago, but in fact it looked too much like the 2008 NBA Finals with Kobe Bryant trying to do everything while his teammates were being outrunned, outscored, outrebounded and pushed around by Boston who won 92-86 to take a 3-2 command of the series.

Paul Pierce, the 2008 Finals MVP, scored at will and Ron Artest could do nothing about it. He got 27 points in 12-for-21 shooting for a Celtic team that shot 56.3 percent against a 39.7 by the Lakers. The Celtics also dominated the paint 46-32 and had 14 fast break points against 3 by L.A.

Despite an horrendous shooting first half the Lakers went to the halftime rest trailing just 45-39. The Celtics scored the first 5 points of the third period before Kobe got completely on fire to score the Lakers next 19 points in a lapse of 7 minutes. But every one of his shots, most of them well defended by Boston, got a response, mainly by Pierce and when Kobe's incredible scoring streak ended with with 4:52 left in the period the Lakers were still down by nine, 67-58, like a proof that nothing would be enough against a Celtics team that had more will to win the game.

Kobe ended with 39 points but he had almost no help. Pau Gasol was the only other Laker to reach double figures in scoring with 12 points (to go with his 12 rebounds) and he did it with a free throw with 2:25 left in the game. One minute later Kobe was fouled by Ray Allen while attempting a 3-pointer and made the 3 free throws to get the Lakers within 5 points, but later Ron Artest missed two free throws to complete and awful defensive and offensive performance and the Celtics turned a bad inbound pass by Garnett into a fantastic play that closed the deal for Boston. Pierce managed to grab the ball and before falling to the floor turned around and assisted a running Rajon Rondo for the layup.

The only category in which the Lakers defeated the Celtics was on the offensive rebounds, 17-6, 7 of them by Gasol and that was maybe what helped them stay in the game. Andrew Bynum could play with his injured knee but his ineffective performance hurt the Lakers. He scored all his 6 points in the first 7 minutes before disappearing. He played 32 minutes and grabbed just 1 rebound.

Now the Celtics need just one win to get their 18th NBA Championship but the Lakers are far from over. They were supposed to get one game at Boston and they did it. The fact that it was the first one raised everybody's expectations that they could win more than one. But with this absurd disposition of games (2-3-2), despite being down 3-2 they still have the home-court advantage with the final two game being played at L.A.

The Quotes

Phil Jackson (LAL Coach): "He's the kind of guy [where] you ride the hot hand, that's for sure. We were waiting for him to do that. ... He went out there and found a rhythm."
"You know, Ron had an opportunity, (when he missed two free throws at the end). But we couldn't make the play on that."

Kobe Bryant (Lakers): "Just man up and play. What the hell is the 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."

Doc Rivers (Celtics Coach): "He's the best shot-maker in the game. There's probably better athletes and all that, but there's no better shot-maker than Kobe Bryant." "You've just got to live with it and play through it." "I just tried to keep telling them, 'It's only 2 points each time he scores. It's not 10, it's just like if someone else was scoring. ... I love that our guys for the most part, they understood what he was doing. But we defended everyone else. And I thought it was big."

Paul Pierce (Celtics): "It was our biggest game of the year. We're in a good spot. We have two games in L.A.; now we have to get one." "I wasn't in a personal duel (with Kobe), I didn't notice that we were going back-and-forth scoring at the time. He's a tough player. He makes shots."

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Kobe Bryant 38 5 4 1 1  
Pau Gasol 12 12 - 2 -  
Ron Artest 7 2 2 1 -  
Lamar Odom 8 8 2 2 -  
Derek Fisher 9 4 2 1 -  
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Paul Pierce 27 2 2 1 2  
Rajon Rondo 18 5 8 1 1 7 TO
Kevin Garnett 18 10 3 5 2  
Ray Allen 12 3 2 1 -  
Rasheed Wallace 5 4 - - 1  

Complete Boxscore

LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Ron Artest, SF 34 2-9 2-5 1-4 1 1 2 2 1 0 1 4 0 7
Pau Gasol, PF 38 5-12 0-0 2-3 7 5 12 0 2 0 1 4 -7 12
Andrew Bynum, C 32 3-6 0-0 0-1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 -12 6
Kobe Bryant, SG 44 13-27 4-10 8-9 2 3 5 4 1 1 4 5 -6 38
Derek Fisher, PG 34 2-9 0-1 5-5 2 2 4 2 1 0 2 3 -6 9
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Lamar Odom, PF 26 4-6 0-0 0-2 3 5 8 2 2 0 3 2 +7 8
Luke Walton, SF 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 -2 0
Shannon Brown, PG 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sasha Vujacic, SG 10 2-5 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 -4 5
Jordan Farmar, PG 14 0-4 0-1 1-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
Josh Powell, C DNP COACH'S DECISION
Adam Morrison, SF DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals 31-78 7-19 17-26 16 18 34 12 9 1 13 22   86
Percentages:   39.7% 36.8% 65.4%
  Fast break points:   3
Points in the paint:   32
Team TO ( points off ):   14 (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 36 6-11 0-0 6-7 1 9 10 3 5 2 3 4 +6 18
Paul Pierce, SF 43 12-21 2-4 1-2 0 2 2 2 1 2 0 4 +3 27
Kendrick Perkins, C 32 2-2 0-0 0-2 4 3 7 1 0 0 2 4 +5 4
Ray Allen, SG 40 5-10 0-4 2-2 0 3 3 2 1 0 2 5 +10 12
Rajon Rondo, PG 38 9-12 0-0 0-0 1 4 5 8 1 1 7 1 +4 18
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Rasheed Wallace, C 15 2-4 1-2 0-0 0 4 4 0 0 1 0 0 +2 5
Tony Allen, SG 13 2-6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 4
Nate Robinson, PG 10 2-4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 1 +2 4
Glen Davis, PF 13 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 2 -1 0
Marquis Daniels, SG DNP COACH'S DECISION
Shelden Williams, PF DNP COACH'S DECISION
Michael Finley, SG DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals 40-71 3-12 9-13 7 28 35 21 8 7 16 23   92
Percentages: 56.3% 25.0% 69.2%
  Fast break points:   14
Points in the paint:   46
Team TO ( points off ):   17 (18)
+/- denotes team's net points while the player is on the court. .
Flagrant Fouls: None
Technical Fouls: PLAYERS: 3 BOSTON ( R Rondo 1, R Allen 1 ) LALAKERS ( D Fisher 1 ) - TEAMS (def3sec): BOSTON (1) - COACHES: None
Officials: Joe Crawford , Derrick Stafford , Mike Callahan
Attendance: 18,624
Time of Game: 02:43

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