Lakers Force Game 6 After 103-98 Win on Sunday Night

Chris AllenSenior Analyst IJune 16, 2008

After losing their 24-point lead against the Boston Celtics, marking the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history, the Lakers almost lost their 19-point lead on Sunday night. However, with yellow and purple streamers floating from the rafters, the Lakers forced a game 6 on Tuesday night at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston.

Kobe Bryant scored 25 points and Lamar Odom added 20 points as the Lakers prevented a 4-1 win for the 16-time champions. The Celtics will try to achieve their 17th title on Tuesday night at home, where they are 18-1.

The Lakers were desperate to win on Sunday, not only because they want a chance to be the first team to come back from a 3-1 stranglehold, but the Lakers did not the Boston Celtics to be celebrating on their turf.

"We didn't want to see any champagne popping,'' said Lamar Odom. "It wasn't easy. I wouldn't expect it to be.''

Boston's Big Three of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen scored a total of 67 points, but that just wasn't enough to beat the Los Angeles Lakers. The Celtics have two more chances to win their 17th championship, both at home. If they cannot win either of the two, then the Los Angeles Lakers definitely deserve the NBA Championship.

No one can tell what Game 6 will bring, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens on Tuesday night in Boston. Watch the game on TSN at 8:30 pm (ET) in Canada and USA.

-Chris Allen