words_Nick Engvall

The Los Angeles Lakers had their backs against the wall last night, one game away from losing to the Boston Celtics. However, unlike in the previous two games in the series, it was more than just Kobe Bryant that came out with something to prove.

By the end of the first quarter, the Lakers were up ten points and the Celtics were without big man Kendrick Perkins. From there it was all downhill for the Celtics. The Lakers defense was as superb as the Celtics’ defense had been in the previous two games. Pau Gasol led the Lakers offensively with a near triple double, with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 9 assists. Kobe Bryant had 26 points, and Ron Artest added 15.

The Lakers out rebounded the Celtics 52-39 on their way to holding Boston to the second lowest point total in NBA Finals history, winning 89-67.

The series will come down to the final game on Thursday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Nate Robinson in the Nike Air Max LeBron VII.

Kevin GarnettKevin Garnett in the adidas TS Supernatural Commander.

Kobe Bryant in the Nike Zoom Kobe V BS shoots over Rajon Rondo in the Nike Hyperfuse PE.

Rajon Rondo in the Nike Hyperfuse tries to score against Ron Artest wearing Peak shoes.

Lamar Odom/Rasheed WallaceLamar Odom wearing the Nike Hyperdunk PE drives against Rasheed Wallace in the Nike Air Force 1 PE.

Ray AllenRay Allen attempts a layup in the Jordan Icons PE over Shannon Brown in the Nike Zoom Kobe V BS.

Pau GasolPau Gasol in the Nike Hyperize PE and Kendrick Perkins in the adidas Pro Model PE.

Jordan FarmarJordan Farmar in the adidas TS Commander.

Tony AllenTony Allen in the adidas TS Supernatural Creator PE, defended by Shannon Brown in the Nike Zoom Kobe V BS.

Shannon Brown in the Nike Zoom Kobe V BSThe story of the night for the Celtics, Shannon Brown dunking in the Nike Zoom Kobe V BS.

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