NBA Playoffs 2010: Lakers vs Celtics Game 3, Lakers Win in Boston

The Los Angeles Lakers won game 3 of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics in Boston, 91-84, giving the Lakers a 2-1 lead in the series.

Kobe Bryant lead the Lakers in scoring with 29 points. He also had 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks. Derek Fisher scored 16 points and had 3 rebounds. Pau Gasol had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Andrew Bynum had 9 points and 10 rebounds and Ron Artest had 2 points and 3 rebounds. Lamar Odom came off the bench and contributed 12 points and 5 rebounds for the Lakers.

Kevin Garnett led the Boston Celtics with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Paul Pierce scored 15 points and Kendrick Perkins had 5 points and 11 rebounds. Ray Allen, who scored 32 points in game 2 in Los Angeles scored only 2 points in game 3. Off the bench, Glen Davis scored 12 points, Tony Allen had 7 points, Nate Robinson scored 5 points and Rasheed Wallace contributed 2 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

“Our thoughts are really just still on how disappointed we are, or were, losing that second game on our home court. I think that had more of our attention and focus than what happened in ’08,” Lakers player Derek Fisher said. “We didn’t doubt our ability to win here. … We understand when you want to be the best, you have to win wherever, whenever.”

“It’s a hell of a swing, I’ll tell you that,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “It’s basketball. That’s why you can’t worry about it. He’ll be back in the gym tomorrow and getting ready for the next game. … It happens to the best of us.”

Derek Fisher sealed the Lakers’ win in the fourth quarter with 5-of-7 shooting, scoring 11 points.

“Derek Fisher was the difference in the game,” Rivers said. “He’s just a gutty, gritty player and he gutted the game out for them. I thought Kobe was struggling a little bit, and Fisher — he basically took the game over. … I don’t know what he had in the fourth quarter … but most of them were down the stretch.”

“I think as you grow in this game and you put in the work that’s required to still be around 14 years later, you start to recognize that being in this moment, on this stage, it’s not a given. It’s not something that happens every season,” Fisher said. “Five or 10 years from now, when I’m long gone, I would have hated to feel like I didn’t just do everything I could have to help my team. Things have worked out well, and we have two more wins to get to really put a nice cap on it.”

Game 4 of the 2010 NBA Finals will take place Thursday, June 10.

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