NBA Finals 2010: Lakers vs Celtics Game 4, Celtics Win in Boston

The Boston Celtics won game 4 of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers in Boston, winning 96-89, tying the series back up at 2-2.

Paul Pierce led the Boston Celtics with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Glen Davis came off the Celtics bench contributing greatly with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Kevin Garnett had 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals, Ray Allen had 12 points and 5 rebounds, Rajon Rondo had 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals and Kendrick Perkins had 6 points and 7 rebounds for the Celtics. Nate Robinson also had an impact off the bench with 12 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists.

Kobe Bryant led the Los Angeles Lakers with 33 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Pau Gasol had 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists, Ron Artest had 9 points and 7 rebounds, Derek Fisher had 6 points and 2 assists and Andrew Bynum, playing only 12 minutes, had 2 points and 3 rebounds for the Lakers. Lamar Odom, coming off the bench but playing starter minutes with 39 minutes Thursday night, had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Shannon Brown scored 5 points and Jordan Farmar scored 3 points off the Lakers bench.

Glen Davis, coming in off the bench, scored half of his 18 points in the 4th quarter, helping the Celtics pull away from the Lakers in the fourth quarter.

“Just will, that’s all it is,” Celtics’ bench player Glen “Big Baby” Davis said. “This is what legends are made of, this is where you grasp the moment. … Just play in the moment.”

The big three Celtics starters were on the bench during the fourth quarter run the bench players made, increasing the lead on the Lakers.

“I don’t think guys really care and that’s why we’re here, it really is,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “[Rajon] Rondo and the rest of them, they were begging me to keep guys in. ‘Don’t take them out! Don’t take them out!’ It was great. That’s the loudest I’ve seen our bench, and it was the starters cheering from the bench.”

“We know what to do. We know how to play. We know how to get it done,” Pau Gasol of the Lakers said. “And we know how important Game 5 will be, so we’ve just got to get ourselves mentally and physically ready … to accomplish our mission.”

“All I’m thinking about is, ‘Let’s win,’” Davis said. “I’m not thinking about anything else. I’m not even thinking about Kobe making all these shots, worried about this or worried about that. I’m just worried about winning, whatever it takes to win, and just making sure that I give my teammates positive energy to finish out the game.”

Lakers star Kobe Bryant made every effort to regain the lead in the 4th quarter, scoring 10 of the last 12 Lakers points in the game, but it wasn’t enough.

“They got all the energy points, the hustle points, second chance points, points in the paint, beat us to the loose balls,” Bryant said. “I mean, that’s how the game turned around.”

Game 5 of the 2010 NBA Finals will take place Sunday, June 13 in Boston.

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