LOS ANGELES (AP) - The NBA Finals aren't over yet. Kobe Bryant
and the Los Angeles Lakers made sure of that.
Bryant scored 25 points and made a key steal and decisive dunk
in the final minute to beat Boston 103-98 and deny the Celtics
their 17th NBA title -- at least for now.
Lamar Odom added 20 points and 11 rebounds. Pau Gasol chipped in
19 points and 13 boards. The Celtics lead the series 3-2. The
Lakers are trying to become the first team to overcome a 3-1
deficit in the finals to win a title.
Paul Pierce was huge for Boston with 38 points, 8 assists and 6
The Lakers, who blew a 24-point lead in losing last Thursday
night, nearly squandered a 19-point lead in this game. But the
Lakers regrouped to extend their season.
The Lakers have to win on the Celtics' parquet floor Tuesday
night to force a winner-take-all Game 7. The Celtics are 12-and-1
at home this postseason.