The Boston Celtics lost a heart-breaking game on their home-court to the Lakers, and they wanted to avenge that loss in Los Angeles. Just like their last meeting, this one in California was a back-and-forth battle. The game was close from the tip and the winner was determined on the final play.
However, it was not Kobe Bryant who iced the game, instead it was Andrew Bynum who put away the Celtics. It was truly the first time the Lakers relied on Bynum in the clutch and his 20 points and 14 rebounds were huge.
The Los Angeles Lakers played in an unexpected Game 7 in the first round against the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets tested the Lakers all series long and they even managed to take a four point lead in the fourth quarter.
However, when the game and the season were on the line, the Lakers showed poise and a championship demeanor. The big men returned to dominating the ball and when the Lakers needed a shot, Kobe Bryant gave it to them.
Five Lakers scored in double-digits led by Pau Gasol with 23 and a surprising 19 from Steve Blake off the bench.
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