The Celtics are showing signs of life offensively in the third, coming out strong behind a Ray Allen hoop and a Perkins and 1. They’ve closed within 4 as we take a timeout with 8:11 remaining in the third to welcome the Laker Girls (wearing white in the second half instead of the home yellow). I actually can’t believe it’s this close considering Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce have combined for FOUR POINTS. Ray Allen is leading the way with 16.
(6:06 to play in the 3rd) The Lakers are stumbling here. An Eddie House 3 and a KG jump hook have allowed the Celtics to tie the game at 49. This is the kind of ugly game where Kobe should probably demand the ball, but his teammates are not obliging. KG seems to be finding the touch now, hitting a jump shot to give the Celtics a 51-49 lead with 4:58… but on the ensuing possession, Pierce picked up his 4th. After a Kobe Bryant free throw, Ray Allen nailed another 3 and the Celtics are up 54-51 as the Lakers call timeout.