2010 NBA Finals: Lakers vs Celtics Game 5, Boston Wins

The Boston Celtics won game 5 of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on June 13 in Boston, 92-86.

Paul Pierce scored 27 points for the Boston Celtics, his highest scoring game in this year’s playoffs. Kevin Garnett had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 steals. Rajon Rondo had 18 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds, Ray Allen had 12 points and 3 rebounds and Kendrick Perkins had 4 points and 7 rebounds. Rasheed Wallace had 5 points and 4 rebounds, Nate Robinson had 4 points and 4 assists, Tony Allen had 4 points off the bench. Glen Davis played only 13 minutes and scored 0 points.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers in scoring with 38 points, 19 of those points all in the 3rd quarter. Kobe also had 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Pau Gasol had 12 points and 12 rebounds, Derek Fisher had 9 points and 4 rebounds, Ron Artest scored 7 points and Andrew Bynum scored 6 points for the Lakers. Lamar Odom scored 8 points and 8 rebounds in 26 minutes off the Lakers bench. Sasha Vujacic scored 5 points off the bench. Luke Walton played 7 minutes and scored 0 points and Shannon Brown did not play.

The Boston Celtics are leading the series 3-2 and need only one more win to take their 18th title.

“It was our biggest game of the year,” Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics said. “We’re in a good spot. We have two games in L.A.; now we have to get one.”

“I just tried to keep telling them, ‘It’s only 2 points each time he scores. It’s not 10,’” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “It’s just like if someone else was scoring. … I love that our guys for the most part, they understood what he was doing. But we defended everyone else. And I thought it was big.”

Celebrities in attendance at game 5 in Boston included sprinter Usain Bolt, actress Eliza Dushku, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and singers Glen Frey and Jimmy Buffett, Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

Game 6 of the 2010 NBA Finals will take place Tuesday, June 15 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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