Web Analytics and Web Statistics by NextSTAT The Boston Sports Nut: Celtics go up 2-0 over Lakers

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Celtics go up 2-0 over Lakers

The Boston Celtics won game 2 of the NBA Finals, eeking out a 108-102 victory after being up by 24 points in the 4th quarter. The Lakers caught the Celtics being content with their huge lead.

The Lakers trailed 95-71 with less than 8 minutes to go, but used a 31-9 run to pull to 104-102 on two free throws by Bryant with 38.4 seconds left. Pierce, though, made two free throws, then blocked a 3-pointer by Sasha Vujacic and James Posey made two free throws with 12.6 seconds left to ice it for Boston.

"We've got to play through the game for 48 minutes, and I didn't think we did that," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "I thought we got cute when we got the lead." As usual, Boston's Big Three -- Pierce, Ray Allen (17 points) and Kevin Garnet (17) -- were the ringleaders but Powe, a second-year reserve had the game of his career, adding his 21 points in 15 minutes that may make him a Celtics fan-favorite for life.

Powe, who played a total of 68 seconds during one stretch of 13 games during the season, scored six points to close a 15-2 run ending the third quarter that gave the Celtics a 22-point lead. The quick burst had the Lakers California dreaming. At one point in the fourth quarter, Boston fans discarded the familiar chants of "Beat L.A." for cries of "Le-on Powe!" Leon Powe came up big for the Celtics

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