A Big Baby Lifts the Celtics to Tie NBA Finals
We have ourselves a series. The Celtics put together an 11-2 run to start the fourth quarter en route to their 96-89 victory to tie the NBA Finals 2-2.
It wasn’t Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen or even Rajon Rondo that fuelled the comeback from a two point deficit at the beginning of the period. Instead it was Glen “Big Baby” Davis with nine of his 18 points coming in the fourth quarter. Not only did he hog up space and swallowed up rebounds, he showed that he indeed did have skill to back up his braggadocio.
Nate Robinson also contributed down the stretch using his dwarf-like frame to weave through traffic for his 12 points.
This game was unwatchable not because the referees decided to get in the way. This time the ineptitude of the offenses made the reruns of The Housewives of New York City more palatable to watch. Neither team scored more than 20 points in the first and third quarters.
Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 33 points while Pau Gasol had a monster game in the paint with 21 points. But disturbingly enough the Celtics beat the Lakers in the paint 54-34 and outrebounded the Lakers 41-34.
The series is now guaranteed to return to Los Angeles on Tuesday essentially making a liar out of Paul Pierce who said upon leaving the Staples Center floor after the Celtics’ Game 2 victory that the series wouldn’t return to LA.