words_Nick Engvall

The Celtics went into game four knowing that they had to win to stay alive. It wouldn’t have been the end of the series, but the odds of running off three straight against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers would be nearly impossible. On top of that no team has ever lost a Finals series after going up 3-1, the Lakers weren’t going to be the first either.

Through the first half didn’t seem like the Celtics were going to do much, as even the noise from fans was lackluster. The Celtics managed to hang with the Lakers despite a poor shooting performance from most of the starters, but at the end of the third quarter it looked as if the reigning NBA Finals MVP Kobe Bryant was about to lead the Lakers to victory after hitting back-to-back three pointers despite tough defense on both attempts.

Then it was the Boston bench that finally got the fans in TD Garden riled up. Glen Davis, Nate Robinson and Tony Allen seemed to set the crowd a blaze. Davis pulled down four offensive boards and put in 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting, and Robinson’s 12 points pushed the Celtics ahead for good, as they went on to take game four 96-89.

Game five will take place Sunday in Boston.

Paul Pierce in the Nike Air Max Legacy boxes out Kobe Bryant in the Nike Zoom Kobe V BS.

Pau Gasol in the Nike Hyperize PE looks to pass over Ray Allen in the Jordan One6One7.

Ray Allen switched to the Jordan Icons PE in the second half, defending Kobe Bryant in the Nike Zoom Kobe V BS.

One of the only times Rasheed Wallace wasn’t contesting a call in the Nike Air Force 1.

Left to right, Glen Davis in the Nike Huarache 2010, Pau Gasol in the Nike Hyperize, Ray Allen in the Jordan Icons PE.

Rajon Rondo in the Nike Hyperfuse and Kevin Garnett in the adidas TS Supernatural Commander.

Jordan Farmar in the adidas TS Commander.

Glen Davis in the Nike Huarache 2010 and Nate Robinson in the Nike Air Max2 CB94.

Tony Allen in the adidas TS Supernatural Creator fights for a loose ball with Kobe in the Nike Zoom Kobe V BS.