Paul Pierce had a clear shot at the hoop in the final seconds of overtime, just missing the potential go-ahead bucket before Pau Gasol blocked the ensuing Ray Allen attempt for the LA Lakers to win over the Boston Celtics 88-87 Thursday night at TD Garden. (more)
Dwayne Wade came up with the steal to set up LeBron James on the other end for a dunk to put the Miami Heat up two in the closing minutes of their 94-88 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers yesterday at AmericanAirlines Arena. Wade scored eight of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and James finished with 19 points, ending their five-game skid while putting a stop to LA’s eight-game win streak.
The Heat have recently struggled in close-game situations but this time found a way to win over the 2x defending champions for the second time this season. “We didn’t want to run away from this,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “We didn’t want to hide from any of this. We want to get better. We want to make sure our game is right and ready when it really counts.” Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 24 points and Pau Gasol followed up with 20. Miami is scheduled to host the Memphis Grizzlies this Saturday as the Lakers travel to Dallas to matchup with the Mavericks.
Kobe Bryant netted 37 points while collecting 14 rebounds to lead the Western Conference to a 148-143 victory in Sunday’s All-Star contest, claiming MVP rights for the fourth time in front of his home crowd at the Staples Center. “I feel like we have a sense of responsibility and we are voted in for what we do during the season, which is play hard,” said Bryant. “And we come here, that’s what the fans want to see. They want to see us go at it and see us compete and that’s what I try to do and that’s what I try to tell my teammates to do.”
The West kept in control through the majority of the game until LeBron James surged the East back in the fourth block. James finished with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to join Michael Jordan as the only players with a triple-double in the All-Star game. Amar’e Stoudemire also produced 29 points for the East from 11-of-20 shooting. Kevin Durant followed up Bryant’s 37 points with 34 of his own for the West, adding the clinching free throws after the East pulled within three in the final seconds.
Carmelo Anthony added eight points in what could be his final game representing the Western Conference. The New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets are currently trying strike a deal with the Denver Nuggets, hoping to land the 4X All-Star before the February 24th trade deadline. Anthony was able to enjoy the weekend despite the recent media attention, saying “at times, it can be tough, but it’s fun at the same time.”
Kobe Bryant collected 33 points and six rebounds to lift his Los Angeles Lakers past the Minnesota Timberwolves 99-94 yesterday at the Staples Center. The 1-7 Timberwolves pulled within two late in the contest but could never create a lead over the two-time defending champions. Bryant and company can be grouped with the 1987 and 1997 Lakers as the only teams in franchise history to start the season at 8-0.
Pau Gasol came through with 18 points and 10 rebounds for LA. Lamar Odom and Ron Artest produced 15 and 13, respectively. “We won but we didn’t play well, and that bothers me a little bit,” said Artest. “If we have a loss and play well, that’s a different story. I guess it still feels better to get a win, even if it’s something like this. We’re still a good team, even on a night like this.”
Kevin Love led the Timberwolves with an impressive 23 points, 24 rebounds and five assists. Minnesota will hope to build from their efforts when they matchup with the Sacramento Kings tonight. “I think this was the best game we’ve played so far, despite the L at the end of the night,” said Love. “We got up to play the world champs and we went down with a fight. We played a lot better than we have played in the last four or five games.” The Lakers will next be challenged on the road against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday.
The Boston Celtics are now just one Game away from their second championship in three years following a hard fought 92-86 Game 5 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday at the TD Garden. The veteran C’s were led by captain Paul Pierce with 27 points as Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo followed up with 18 apiece. Kobe Bryant finished with 38, including a 19-point take over in the first eight minutes of the third quarter. As Kobe continued his streak, the rest of the Lakers fell stagnant for the Celts to make a crucial run for themselves.
“I just tried to keep telling them, ‘It’s only 2 points each time he scores. It’s not 10,’” said Boston head coach Doc Rivers. “It’s just like if someone else was scoring. I love that our guys for the most part, they understood what he was doing. But we defended everyone else. And I thought it was big.”
Game 6 is set for tonight at the Staples Center with Game 7 reserved for Thursday if necessary. Boston will look to close the series early to avoid giving Bryant and Co. an extra opportunity at home. “Home is always where your heart is,” said Garnett. “With the severity of the game, it’s all-out on both ends for both teams. This will probably be the hardest game of the season, if not of the series, if not of everybody’s career, this game coming up.”
In the history of the NBA Finals, the winner of Game 5 has proceeded to claim victory in 19 of the 25 rounds that have been tied at 2 apiece. Hopefully the Celts will be able to find success on the road as they have all season, similar to the series changing Game 2 W at the Staples Center last week. Celtics vs. Lakers NBA Finals tickets are still available!
Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis contributed 18 points in 22 minutes played to boost the Boston Celtics past the Los Angeles Lakers 96-89 yesterday at the TD Garden. His nine points in the fourth quarter alone was the key factor for the Celts to tie the series at 2-2 heading into the season’s final contest at the TD Garden Sunday night. Nate Robinson also played a major role off the bench, netting 4-of-8 for 12 points during his 17 minutes on the floor.
Paul Pierce led the C’s in scoring with 19. Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo all finished with double digit numbers while handing over the limelight to the dominant role players. “I don’t think guys really care and that’s why we’re here, it really is,” said Boston head coach Doc Rivers. “Rondo and the rest of them, they were begging me to keep guys in. ‘Don’t take them out! Don’t take them out!’ It was great. That’s the loudest I’ve seen our bench, and it was the starters cheering from the bench.”
Kobe Bryant scored 33 points for the Lakers as Pau Gasol followed up with 21. LA found themselves down six with 30 seconds remaining when Rondo supplied the final dagger with a steal for a clear breakaway. The series will remain in Boston for Game 5 before shifting to the Staples Center next Tuesday and Thursday. Purchase your NBA Finals tickets right here at AceTicket.com!
Derek Fisher netted five field goals in the fourth quarter to lift the Los Angeles Lakers past the Boston Celtics 92-84 last night at the TD Garden. After setting an NBA Finals record with eight three-pointers in Game 2, Ray Allen shot 0-for-13 last night during his 42 minutes on the floor. Ray and the rest of the veteran C’s lineup won’t be down for long with Game 4 in sight for Thursday in Boston.
“That’s why you always have to be humble,” said Allen. “When things go great, it’s good to be a part of. You have to be sure to make good decisions. Moving forward, you have to continue to work on things you need to work on to be good in the future. Preparation is the biggest key.” The Celtics can certainly take away some positives despite the recent swing in momentum in favor of LA. Kevin Garnett came alive with 25 points as Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis contributed 12 off the bench. Don’t miss your chance to witness Boston rally back this Thursday and Sunday at the TD Garden. NBA Finals tickets are now available!
Pau Gasol came up with 23 points and 14 rebounds as Kobe Bryant dropped 30 to give their Los Angeles Lakers a 102-89 Game 1 victory over the Boston Celtics yesterday at the Staples Center. The contest was physical from the start with Paul Pierce and Ron Artest locking elbows to be handed a pair of technicals in the first 27 seconds of play. The 2010 Celts roster, highly recognized as defensive specialists, were simply out hustled through 48 minutes. They will look to split in LA this Sunday before the series moves to Boston for the next three games.
“You can’t ease into the game, especially in the Finals,” said Pierce. “That’s one of the better rebounding teams in the NBA. We’ve just got to do a better job rebounding the ball, eliminating easy opportunities. When I look up and we’ve given up 100 points, I haven’t seen that in a while.” Pierce led the C’s scoring campaign with 24 points that included 12-of-13 from the charity stripe. Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo all contributed double-digit numbers in their losing efforts. Don’t miss the chance to witness your Celtics revamp for Games 3-5 at the TD Garden. NBA Finals tickets are now available!
Amare Stoudemire led the balanced Phoenix Suns attack with 21 points and eight rebounds en route to claiming victory 115-106 over the LA Lakers last night in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. The series is now tied at 2-2 with Game 4 scheduled for Thursday in Los Angeles. Steve Nash controlled the tempo with 15 points and eight assists, but the real difference came with Channing Frye, Leandro Barbosa and Jarded Dudley each contributing double digit numbers during their limited time on the floor. “The bench played fantastic,” said Nash. “They were by far easily the difference tonight.”
Lakers star Kobe Bryant scored 38 as Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol followed up with 15 apiece in their losing efforts. “Our attention needs to be on the defensive end – period,” said Bryant. “That’s second-chance opportunities. Their bench came in and gave them a big boost in getting balls back and getting them extra possessions. We’ve got to cut that stuff out.” 2010 NBA playoff tickets are now available!
The Los Angeles Lakers netted 36 points in the first quarter en route to claiming victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals over the Phoenix Suns 124-112 Wednesday at the Staples Center. Pau Gasol led the way for LA with 29 points and nine rebounds. Kobe Bryant racked up 21 points while dishing out 13 assists during his 43 minutes on the floor. Lamar Odom, Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmar contributed 26 combined off the bench.
“It’s really tough because we have so many guys on this team that can hurt you offensively,” said Odom. “When we get four or five guys going offensively, it seems like our defense steps up. We do a great job of using our quickness, cutting guys off and making it hard for teams as well as putting that offensive pressure on them.”
Jason Richardson came up with 27 for the Suns as Grant Hill produced 23 in their losing efforts. “We still scored enough points tonight, but when they can score 120-something, that’s asking the offense to score too much,” PG Steve Nash said after recording 11 points and 15 assists. “If we’re going to beat them, we’ve got to find a way to slow them down.” Game 3 is set for Sunday night in Phoenix.