Lakers-Celtics Game Three: Kevin Garnett Explodes, but Derek Fisher Closes

June 8th, 2010 by Paul Peszko Leave a reply »

After relegating himself to the jump shooter role in the first two games, Kevin Garnett finally went to the basket early and often to explode for 25 points. 

But it wasn’t enough as Derek Fisher put in 11 fourth quarter points to lead the Lakers to a 91-84 win and regain home court advantage in Game Three of NBA Finals.

It was a reversal of roles from Game Two at the Staples Center, where Ray Allen scored 32 points on a record eight three-pointers, while Garnett only managed six points. Tonight Allen was 0-for-13, including eight tries from beyond the arc, while Garnett hit on 11-of-16.

In Game Two it was Rajon Rondo who took over the fourth quarter and willed the Celtics to huge win at Staples Center. But tonight at the TD Garden, it was the 36 year-old veteran Derek Fisher who went 5-for-7 and scored 11 points in the final stanza to fend off the on-charging Celtics.

Although Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 29 points, he ran out of gas in the final period shooting just 1-for-6. It was a good thing that his backcourt pa ...

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