Powe my Goodness: Celtics Squeak Past Lakers to Gain 2-0 Lead

TJ ZwarychSenior Writer IJune 8, 2008

Rejoice, Celtics fans. The team with the best record in the league during the regular season took a 2-0 NBA Finals lead over the Los Angeles Lakers by holding on to a 108-102 victory in Boston Sunday night.

Teams leading 2-0 in the NBA finals have gone to win it all over 90 percent of the time. Good odds for the Celtics, eh?

It is fair to say this win was a team effort for Boston. ABC named backup forward Leon Powe the player of the game with 21 points in just 15 minutes!

It truly could have gone to anyone, though; Kevin Garnett had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Paul Pierce had 28 points, four rebounds and eight assists, Ray Allen went for 17, two and two and Rajon Rondo recorded four points and 16 assists without any turnovers. It was a well-balanced game for the Boston Celtics.

But, if they played so well, why was it such a close game? Well, the Celtics went into the fourth quarter leading by 24 points, but Kobe and the Lakers exploded in the fourth quarter by outscoring the home team, 41-25, in the final frame. In the end, though, the Celtics' tough defense took over and helped them prevail.

Leading the Lakers in points was Kobe Bryant with 30. Vladimir Radmanovich and Pau Gasol led their team with 10 rebounds each, and Bryant also led the assist category with eight. His 30 points was a game-high.