Boston stole Game 2 of the Finals in L.A. thanks to a spectacular performance from Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo. The Celtics held on for a 103-94 victory and tied the series at 1-1, despite the best efforts of Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.
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Rondo blew past L.A.'s defense for most of the night, notching a triple-double (19 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) and adding a hint of style with his neon green sneaks.
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Pau Gasol followed up a strong Game 1 performance with 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 blocked shots in Game 2. But in crunch time, the C's stifled the Lakers in the paint.
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Staples Center courtside regular Jack Nicholson takes a moment to counsel Boston coach Doc Rivers. Sadly for Jack and the rest of Laker nation, the Celtics showed no mercy Sunday night.
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L.A. often needed up to three defenders to stop Ray Allen, who put on a show like it was 2005, scoring 32 points. Allen poured in an NBA Finals-record eight three-pointers.
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Not surprisingly, Kobe was displeased with the Lakers' performance in Game 2. He scored 21 points, but shot just three free throws and blamed the loss on costly turnovers late in the game.
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Thanks to open looks and picture perfect form, Allen went 7-for-7 from beyond the arc in the first half.
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All Lakers guard Derek Fisher could do Sunday night was get out of the way, as the Celtics steamrolled L.A. in crunch time en route to a series-tying win.
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Rondo showed off his leaping ability and ridiculous wingspan as he skied for rebounds above L.A.'s pair of seven-footers (and his own teammates).
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Ron Artest neutralized Boston's leading scorer Paul Pierce, holding him to 10 points in 40 minutes, but the rest of the game's matchups favored the Celts.
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Allen's big game had fans and commentators conjuring comparisons to Jesus Shuttlesworth, the prodigy hoopster he portrayed alongside Denzel Washington in "He Got Game" in his younger days.
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Bryant and the Lakers will look to rebound against the Celtics in Game 3 on Tuesday night in Boston, when one team will break the series tie.
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