Kobe's 38 Not Enough, Celtics Take 3-2 Finals Lead


POSTED: Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 8:51pm

UPDATED: Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 9:34pm

At one point in the Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Kobe Bryant was unstoppable, scoring 23 consecutive Laker points, but the Celtics team was up to the challenge maintaining a double-digit lead throughout Bryant's run to keep the Lakers at bay and win 92-86 to take a 3-2 series lead.

Bryant finished the game with 38 points, but took a third of all Laker shots to get to that mark. Meanwhile, Boston played it's most efficient offensive game of the series, shooting more than 56 percent from the field with four starters in double figures. Paul Pierce finished with a team-high 27 points. Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnet each scored 18 points with Rondo dishing out eight assists and Garnett grabbing 10 rebounds.

The Lakers were able to keep the Celtics from pulling away mainly because of Boston's 16 turnovers. LA also made seven three-pointers to Bostons three and the Lakers got to the line twice as much as the Celtics did (26 free throws to just 13). But the Celtics once again dominated in the paint, outscoring the Lakers 48-32 under the basket.

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