Finally, after five games in which they struggled to do so, the Lakers seem to realize they'd have to work for their second straight title. And in Game 6, they did just that, pummeling the Celtics 89-67 to force a tension-filled Game 7. Here are some of the best shots from Tuesday night's action.
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After pouring in 38 points in the Lakers' Game 5 loss, Kobe Bryant, again, scored a game-high 26 points. But this time he only needed 19 shots to do so.
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Pau Gasol, whose toughness was questioned in the previous two games, responded with a near triple-double Tuesday: 17 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists to go with three blocked shots.
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The Celtics' title hopes were dimmed when Kendrick Perkins fell hard after colliding with Andrew Bynum midway through the first quarter. He sustained a sprained right knee and is questionable for Game 7. "It doesn't look good" said Boston coach Doc Rivers.
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Boston point guard Rajon Rondo, who was the Celtics' late-game hero in their last trip to Los Angeles, got off to a 1-for-8 shooting start before finishing with 10 points and six assists.
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Ron Artest, the only Lakers' starter who doesn't own a championship ring, found his rhythm in Game 6, drilling half of his team's six threes, while shackling Paul Pierce for five turnovers and 13 points.
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In a reversal of Game 5, Gasol got the better of Kevin Garnett, holding the Boston big man to 12 points on 6-of-14 shooting and six boards.
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The Celtics will be counting on the return to form of Ray Allen, who had missed 21 straight threes before going 2-of-5 from beyond the arc and recording 19 points in Game 6.
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Jordan Farmar and the rest of the Lakers' bench turned in a scrappy performance, diving for loose balls and simply outworking the Celtics.
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It seems only fitting that such a heated rivalry go to seven games. While history favors the Lakers -- home teams have won 13 of the 16 Game 7s in NBA Finals history -- this series has proved that everything can change after two days rest.
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