The Los Angeles Lakers won game one of the 2010 NBA Playoffs Finals against the Boston Celtics in Los Angeles, 102-89.
Kobe Bryant led the Los Angeles Lakers with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Pau Gasol had 23 points and 14 rebounds, Ron Artest scored 15 points, Andrew Bynum had 10 points and 6 rebounds and Derek Fisher scored 9 points for the Lakers. Off the bench, Lamar Odom had 5 points and 4 rebounds, Shannon Brown scored 6 points and Jordan Farmar scored 4 points.
Paul Pierce led the Boston Celtics with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Kevin Garnett had 16 points and 4 rebounds, Rajon Rondo had 13 points 8 assists and 6 rebounds, Ray Allen scored 12 points and Kendrick Perkins scored 13 points. Rasheed Wallace scored 9 points off the bench.
“I knew it was going to be physical. That’s a given,” Pau Gasol of the Lakers said. “After consecutive finals, we understand the nature of the game. We understand who our rival is, how they play. You’ve got to compete, and you’ve got to match that physicality effort of the game to be successful.”
“I wish I had put it in the bank, so to speak,” said Lakers coach Phil Jackson. “We’ve got to play this out. … Our defense stiffened at various points in the game, was very effective. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, but it’s nice to know that (the 47-0 streak) is on our side.”
The Lakers have won 12 straight playoff games since last season’s Western Conference finals.
“They were the more physical team by far,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “They were more aggressive. They attacked us the entire night. I didn’t think we handled it very well.”
“Pau played a big game tonight,” Jackson said. “I thought they did a good job on him in the post, but his movement and his activity was important.”
“You can’t ease into the game, especially in the finals,” Paul Pierce of the Celtics said. “That’s one of the better rebounding teams in the NBA. We’ve just got to do a better job rebounding the ball, eliminating easy opportunities. When I look up and we’ve given up 100 points, I haven’t seen that in a while.”
Game 2 of the 2010 NBA Playoffs Finals will take place Sunday, June 6 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.