It wasn't pretty. In fact, the Celtics did everything they could to give away this game in the 4th quarter, but they pulled it out, 87-86.
How hard was it? The Cs scored just 11 points in the final quarter. Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett went scoreless in the last 12 minutes.
Fueled by Sasha Vujacic (yes, Vujacic), the Lakers rolled off a 13-0 run early in the 4th quarter and turned a 9 point deficit into a 4-point lead.
The game turned ugly for the final 6 minutes with neither team able to score. The refs made a couple of bad calls in the final seconds. Pierce clearly drew contact on that drive to the hoop with 5 seconds left. No call. Fortunately, the refs botched LA's timeout call and only gave them 2.2 seconds to get off a final shot.
Perk turned in a monster game – 13 points, 14 rebounds. He had 5 points in the 4th. Rondo had 14 points, 11 assists and 5 steals.
Ray (24 points) had the stroke going for the first 36 minutes.
The bench was awful. Rasheed Wallace had 4 points on 2-11 FG. Marquis Daniels did not score or take a shot in 13 minutes. Tony Allen (4 points) strained a tendon in his right ankle and did not play in the 2nd half.