2010 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics, NBA Finals, Game 3
Information about game 3 of the L.A. Lakers vs. Boston Celtics series in the 2010 NBA Playoffs, with score, recap, pictures, stats, highlights, quotes and Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol performance.
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.
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."
Technical Fouls: PLAYERS: None - TEAMS (def3sec): None - COACHES: None
Officials: Bennett Salvatore , Dan Crawford , Bill Kennedy
Time of Game: 02:43