2010 NBA Finals: Boston Celtics Revert To Regular Season Form in Game One

June 3rd, 2010 by Stew Winkel Leave a reply »
Just thirteen seconds into Game One of the NBA Finals, Rajon Rondo took a pass from Paul Pierce under the hoop for an easy layup.  The Celtics were off to a good start, and led 2-0.  

It went downhill from there.  And fast.

Derek Fisher knocked down a jumper to tie the score and Boston would never regain the lead, as the Lakers coasted to a 102-90 victory.  

Boston did tie the score at 18 after a quick 5-0 run.  But L.A. would pull away from there, and with less than a minute to go in the first half, the Lakers had their first double-digit advantage, 48-37.  

The Celtics never got within eight points over the remainder of the game, and trailed by as many as 20.  The Lakers put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring the Celtics 34-23.  Kobe Bryant had 14 of his game-high 30 points in the third.  

In addition to Bryant, Pau Gasol powered the Laker attack with 23 points and 14 rebounds.  Most impressive from Gasol were his 8 offensive rebounds, or one more than the total combined rebounds between Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins.

The game for Boston was r ...

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