Lakers vs Celtics Game 5: Boston Celtics Hang on To Take 3-2 Series Lead

June 13th, 2010 by Stew Winkel Leave a reply »
All throughout the regular season, the Celtics, even when they won, rarely did it in easy fashion.  Game Five of the NBA Finals was a flashback to those types of efforts, as holding on describes perfectly what Boston did on its way to the 92-86 victory. The Celtics now lead the series 3-2 with the Finals headed back to Los Angeles for Game Six on Tuesday night.

For much of the game, it had the feel as if the Celtics should have been far ahead.  At halftime, Boston was shooting 65.6 percent from the field to just 33.3 percent for the Lakers.  But, there was LA, right in the game, down only six points, 45-39. 

Then in the third quarter, the Celtics at times looked ready to finally pull away.  At the end of three, Boston was still shooting over 60 percent from the floor, and the Lakers under 40.  But, again, the Lakers remained close, trailing by only eight, 73-65.

Finally, in the fourth quarter, Boston led by 12 points, 87-75 with under four minutes to play when Rajon Rondo flew in to tip in the rebound of a Paul Pierce miss.  But, the Celtics could not put the game away, as they missed three free throws and made ...

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