The critics said they were old after game one, and now after big games from Rajon Rando and Ray Allen, the Celtics emerged victorious and evened up the series. Those same critics are calling the Boston Celtics experienced today.
Despite some questionable foul calls that landed Kevin Garnett on the bench with early foul trouble. While Garnett was on the bench, Ray Allen caught fire, well, rather he was acting like himself. Allen tied his own record for most three pointers in an NBA Finals game by hitting 7 of 7, in the first half. Allen would beat the record with another three pointer in the second half to beat the record he previously shared with Kenny Smith and Scottie Pippen, on his way to a 32 point night. Rajon Rondo added his second triple double of the post season with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists.
On the other side of the court, Kobe Bryant found himself facing the same foul troubles that Garnett faced, picking up his third foul with just over three minutes to go in the first half. Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum were the only Lakers to find any success, both of the big men seemed to score with ease, Gasol putting in 25 and Bynum dropping in 21.
With the series headed back to Boston for game 3 on Tuesday night the Lakers, suffering their first home loss of the post season, will need to win a game in the rowdy confines of TD Garden in order to get back the home court advantage.
Kevin Garnett contesting a call in the adidas TS Supernatural Commander.
Kobe Bryant contesting a call in the Nike Zoom Kobe V BS.
Ray Allen grabs a board in the Jordan One6One7.
Paul Pierce in the Nike Air Legacy, defended by Ron Artest in Peak shoes.
Nate Robinson in the Nike Air Max LeBron VII.
Ray Allen in the Jordan One6One7 after hitting one of his record breaking 8 three pointers.
Jordan Farmar in the adidas TS Commander.
Rajon Rando grabs a rebound in the Nike Hyperfuse.From left to right, NBA referee, Monty McCutchen in the Reebok Question, Ray Allen in the Jordan One6One7, Derek Fisher in the Nike Zoom Kobe V BS.