The Credits: "Hollywood Ending"

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The Los Angeles Lakers defeated their eternal rival, the Boston Celtics, 97 to 94 in what is surely the last battle in the four-year war waged by these franchises. Flanked by World Peace, the Lakers' frontcourt was able to cut through the Boston defense and score at will down the stretch.

Pau Gasol had 13 points and 13 rebounds, Andrew Bynum added 20 points and 14 rebounds, along with a clutch basket that will surely bring out the Abbott articles in droves. Kobe Bryant struggled from two-point land, only going 9-20, but was strong behind the arc and fed his teammates the ball en route to seven assists.

The Lakers had built a 15-point lead before losing it to the Celtics. At that point, it became a classic Celtics-Lakers bout, and the game of attrition was on. Asked about losing leads, Kobe had this to say:

It’s a little concerning. We’ve got to do a much better job keeping the rhythm as soon as the substitutions happen. It’s hard because guys come off the bench not really used to the pace or the rhythm of the game and it’s a different line up than they’re accustomed to playing with in practice.

Derek Fisher praised the efforts of Metta World Peace, as he was instrumental in yesterday's win. I think MWP just flat out loves to play against Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics, but that's just me.

There were a couple of flashes of Ron out there today but he’s doing a good job of moving on but still making major contributions. He played really well today.

Elsewhere Around the League, Lowry out 2-4 weeks, former D-Fenders player Gerald Green has a ridiculous dunk, Blake Griffin flops is knocked out and Chris Paul joins the mask club.


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