words_Nick Engvall

The Celtics made the most of their last home game Sunday. Boston came out and just plain out-hustled the Lakers to take a 3-2 lead in the best of seven series.

It was the defensive side that separated the Celtics Sunday, holding the Lakers to 39% shooting. The tough defense, which included 7 blocked shots versus 1 for the Lakers, led to easy buckets on the other end for Boston, who shot 56% from the field. For Los Angeles, the only other player to score in double figures was Pau Gasol with 12, as Kobe Bryant finished with 38. At one point, he ran off a streak of 23 straight points for the Lakers, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Celtics who were lead by Paul Pierce with 27 points.

The series returns to Los Angeles for game six on Tuesday night, where the Celtics will try to add their 18th Championship.

Kobe Bryant in the Nike Zoom Kobe V BS shoots over Ray Allen in the Jordan Icons PE.

Lamar Odom in the Nike Hyperdunk, drives past Glen Davis in the Nike Huarache 2010.

Kobe in theZoom Kobe V BS,  in front of Tony Allen in the adidas TS Supernatural Creator, with Rasheed Wallace’s Air Force 1 PE in the background.

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

Ray Allen in the Jordan Icons PE.

Kobe Bryant in the Nike Zoom Kobe V BS guarded by Ray Allen in the Jordan Icons PE.

Kobe Bryant shoots a fade away in the Nike Zoom Kobe V BS.

Nate Robinson getting the crowd involved wearing the Nike Air Max2 CB94.

Paul Pierce in the Nike Air Max Legacy talks with Rajon Rondo in the Nike Hyperfuse.

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