Thanks to Paul Pierce and his team's tenacious D, the Celtics downed the Lakers 92-86 in a crucial Game 5 win in Boston on Sunday. With the series headed back to Los Angeles, the C's are only one win away from their second title in three years. Here are some of SI's best shots from Sunday's game.
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Kevin Garnett and the Celtics hammered the Lakers 16-7 on the offensive boards.
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In the win, Garnett posted a double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds), in addition to five steals, two blocks and three assists.
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Andrew Bynum, who had fluid drained from his knee before the game, played through nearly 32 minutes of pain for six points on 3-of-6 shooting.
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In addition to its stellar defense, Boston's offense was powered by Pierce and point guard Rajon Rondo, who came up with some key buckets (18 points on 9-of-12 shooting) and aggressive play down low (five rebounds). Not bad for a guy who's only 6-foot-1.
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As his fellow Lakers -- save for Pau Gasol -- struggled to get much of anything done, Kobe Bryant took over the third quarter, barreling his way through Boston defenders to score L.A's first 19 points of the second half. He finished with a game-high 38 points, but it wasn't enough to save the Lakers.
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Garnett dominated down low, something even Kobe couldn't deny.
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While Gasol has been strong throughout the series, and tallied 12 points and 12 boards Sunday, he struggled against the Celtics' bigs and was clearly not the Lakers' offensive priority.
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The star of the show was Pierce who, after struggling the past couple of games, broke out for a team-high 27 points on 12-of-21 shooting.
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In the final minute of the game, with the Lakers in a full-court press, an inbounds pass went to a streaking Pierce down the sideline. He managed to make the catch and tip-toe inside the sideline before hurling a line-drive pass to Rondo, who then made a spectacular catch-and-finish.
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Paul Pierce, who previously said the series wouldn't go back to L.A., will do just that as he and the Celtics look to close it out in Game 6 Tuesday.
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