Celtics vs. Lakers 2010: L.A. Lands Final Punch in a Slugfest for the Ages

June 18th, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
So, you wanted 125-124? You wanted Kobe Bryant to score 40 points and break a triple digits tie with a leaner, or a stepback? You wanted a basketball beauty pageant?

Phoenix and Orlando could have given you that. The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, meeting in a Game Seven for the fifth time, delivered the ugliest of motion pictures. The main characters mimicked Charlize Theron in "Monster" more than the multi-dimensional actress in an Oscar dress, polished by makeup artists and gussied up for a glamour shot.

You wanted sexy? Get it back from Justin Timberlake. These two storied franchises refused to do sexy Thursday night.

The Lakers won 83-79 in an ugly affair that viewers will not forget. So ugly that it was beautiful. So ugly that it resembled a spontaneous slam poetry session in a desecrated war zone.

So ugly that the hectic, trigger-happy finish made Pau Gasol and Derek Fisher weep. Their faces turned from perspiration magnets to waterfalls. Their eyes flooded like dams breaking open over a village.

So ugly that Bryant could not hide behind h ...

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