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At the buzzer: Celtics 109, Lakers 96

Posted on: January 30, 2011 6:18 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2011 6:22 pm
The Boston Celtics ran away from the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of Sunday's game. Posted By Ben Golliver. paul-pierce-celtics-lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers held a halftime lead, but the Boston Celtics ran away with the game in the third quarter, winning the first rematch of the 2010 NBA Finals, 109-96, in Los Angeles.

Paul Pierce netted 14 points in the first seven minutes of the third quarter to pull Boston back into the lead, and a Lakers offense that had been powered by Kobe Bryant simply couldn't keep pace, scoring just 18 points as a team in the third quarter.

Down the stretch, Bryant pulled the Lakers back to within single digits -- 98-89 -- with a jumper with a little under four minutes to play, but the Celtics slammed the door convincingly, going on a 9-2 run over the next three minutes to ice the game. 

The story of the game was Boston's defense. Other than the 33 point explosion from Los Angeles in the second quarter, the Lakers scored 21 points in the first quarter, 18 points in the third quarter and 24 points in the final period. Bryant finished with an impressive 41 points, but his backcourt mates were virtual no-shows, as Steve Blake and Derek Fisher combined for just nine points on nine shots. Ron Artest was also a non-factor, scoring just three points on 1-10 shooting.

Pierce carried most of the offensive load for the Celtics, finishing with 32 points, five rebounds and three assists. Ray Allen finished with 21 points, Kevin Garnett added 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Rajon Rondo notched a double-double with 10 points and 16 assists.

With the win, Boston improves to 36-11. The Lakers drop to 33-15, losing their second consecutive game.

The Celtics continue their current road trip with a game against the Kings in Sacramento on Tuesday night. The Lakers next play against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2011 9:28 pm

At the buzzer: Celtics 109, Lakers 96

Sorry to say this...maybe in one game, but in a 7 game series, I can't see anybody beating the Heat...especially if Haslem comes back and Miller progresses. Guaranteed you will be seeing Wade guarding any top point guard, James the other teams best player. In crunch time you will see a lineup of James, Wade, Bosh, Miller and Anthony...just too much athletic ability.

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2011 9:09 pm

At the buzzer: Celtics 109, Lakers 96

Only a cheating Pats fan would fail to recognize the Celtics getting massacred in Game 6 last year.  Oh yeah, Perkins was playing in that game!  So what was the excuse for that one?  You guys are so quick to mention Game 7, but fail to realize that the Celtics had TWO opportunities to win, and blew them both.  Perkins wouldn't have mattered in Game 7.  Lakers were the champs.  Cry about it on your own time.  I'm still celebrating the Jets going into New England and making Brady and the rest of the cheaters cry...just like the Celtics cried after last year's Finals.  Need a hanky, RonBoss2?

Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2011 9:06 pm

Nightmare Number 2, The Lakers Run Is OVER

;     &nbs
p;   Nightmare 1 was the Christmas Day beatdown that the Heat put on the lakers in fantasyland. Now the team that should have won the finals last year except for Fisher saving the series handed out Nightmare Number 2 in lakerland. If the laker can get lucky and make the finals this year they will get lucky to get to a game 6. The brick thrower dressed in the yellow that the Kool Aide drinking laker fans think is the best of all time will watch his team's run end THIS YEAR. Fisher can only save the brick thrower so many times. Its over laker fans. I hope you enjoyed LAST YEAR.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2011 8:38 pm

At the buzzer: Celtics 109, Lakers 96

The Lakers have been getting beat where their strength is. In the paint. They have had poor interior defense and rebounding. Yet another lull in the season. It drives me nuts when they get complacent midseason. But it's nothing new. Has happened each of the past few seasons. They start out strong, slip in the middle, and then turn it back on towards the end. The good news lately is that at least the starters haven't been playing heavy minutes.

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2011 8:34 pm

At the buzzer: Celtics 109, Lakers 96

    Oh shut the hell Celtics fans. You guys are as equally arrogant  and biased as Laker fans. It's downright pathetic to watch all the loser fans hop on the boards and say that the C's would've been champs had they been healthy just because they won the last half of the game today. What C's fans will never talk about is how Bynum was basically on one knee, and Kobe was on one knee and four fingers ( for the entire finals series last year ), and L.A got it done. The Celtics didn't...plain and simple. Also last year, I believe I remember the Lakers winning some games over the C's with a healthy Perkins in the line-up. So you can cram that injury crap right up your asess. And if Perkins was the key to the Celtics...why did Boston go up and try to lap up every 7'0 monster they possibly could during the off-season. Yeah....doesn't sound like the Celtics had a lot of faith in the fact that Perkins was the lost game seven messiah to me. Let me tell you something C's fans, every team is capable of beating the Lakers this year as evidence by their blow out losses to teams like the Kings and Bucks. So don't go riding your horse around like you showed the world something today  Truth your cocky little mouths because the basketball spirits aren't anymore fond of you than the dumber half of Laker fans. Orlando, Miami, and Chicago will all have a little something for you in the playoffs. And at this rate, I'll admit it....I think San Antonio with homecourt will crush the Lakers.

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2011 8:21 pm

At the buzzer: Celtics 109, Lakers 96

As a Laker fan I'll say that this is yet another dissapointing loss but to hear Celtic fans and Laker haters crown the Celtics the 2011 NBA Champions already if funny as hell.  Lest you forget the past 2 years you have claimed everytime the Lakers lost a game that it was the end of the run for the Lakers and yet they served you up  CROW 2 years in a row.  Let's see how froggy you all are come Playoff time but for now... I will admit, Lakers look like they are slipping.

Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2011 8:21 pm
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Posted on: January 30, 2011 8:07 pm
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Since: Dec 4, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2011 8:07 pm

At the buzzer: Celtics 109, Lakers 96

Back to 2008 again. Celtics are a deep physical team that can turn the defense on any minute they want.
Add Delonte West and another 7 footer in Jermaine O'neal and this team is too deep.
There where 2 reason the Lakers won last year, 1. Gasol was able to dominate his matchup with Garnett and 2. the Lakers had to much size and depth of front. Now Garnett is 100% so he will take Gasol out of the picture and the Celtics have the size and depth up front to match the Lakers this year. Lakers resort back to give Kobe the ball and watch him play.
If the Lakers and Celtics for that matter make the finals the Celtics will beat them as easy as in 2008.

Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2011 7:59 pm

At the buzzer: Celtics 109, Lakers 96

The Lakers won game 7 last year on the offensive boards.  They shot horribly for the game, including Kobe, but they rebounded everything which would not have happened if Perkins had played.  I am a Celtics fan I will admit but am also confident that with Perkins the Celtics would have been our current defending Champions.

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