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Game 6 final: Lakers 89, Celtics 67

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  June 15, 2010 11:38 PM

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Final: Lakers 89, Celtics 67: Everyone in the crowd wins tacos. There will be a Game 7 here Thursday night.

4:14 4th quarter, Lakers 84-62: Doc Rivers lifts the rest of his starters. This one's all but in the books.

6:31 4th quarter, Lakers 80-58: Kobe Bryant called for a technical foul. Good news for Celtics fans: At least it wasn't Rasheed Wallace.

End 3d quarter, Lakers 76-51: Anyone still watching?

2:03 3d quarter, Lakers 70-51: Rebounding now at 35-20, Lakers.

3:30 3d quarter, Lakers 64-47: Lakers fans are really enjoying this lead, chanting at and taunting the Celtics on every foul call.

ordomgame6.jpg5:21 3d quarter, Lakers 60-42: The Celtics seem content to trade baskets, and the Lakers seem content to hold onto the lead and let the clock run out on this game. Only defensive stops will get the Celtics back into this game.

9:35 3d quarter, Lakers 51-33: Kendrick Perkins is out for the rest of the game. He will await the results of X-Rays on his right knee before any decision is made on whether or not he will be available for Game 7. Glen Davis starts the half in place of Perkins.

Halftime, Lakers 51-31: The Celtics shot 34 percent in the first half and face a 20-point deficit at the break. They came back from 24 points down in this building in 2008, but this one feels all sorts of wrong. The team that has won the rebounding battle has won every game this series. Right now it's 30-13 Lakers in that category.

2:27 2d quarter, Lakers 49-29: The Celtics are all out of sorts on offense. Swarming defense by the Lakers has a lot to do with it. The Los Angles bench is outscoring the Boston bench 13-0.

4:47 2d quarter, Lakers 45-27: It's getting worse. Jordan Farmar dunks on the fast break to give the Lakers their largest lead. If the Celtics are going to shoot 38 percent, they're going to lose.

6:54 2d quarter, Lakers 40-23: The lack of fundamental basketball being displayed by the Celtics must be appalling to Doc Rivers. Pau Gasol just waltzed into the lane and got an easy rebound and putback. Glen Davis of all people wasn't able to put a body on him. That's a lack of effort, a fundamental breakdown, or both.

8:00 2d quarter, Lakers 34-22: Kendrick Perkins is having X-Rays on his right knee and has yet to return to the bench. More on Perkins when we have it.

9:01 2d quarter, Lakers 32-20: There's the third on Wallace. Kevin Garnett has to come back early to relieve him. Things are unraveling in a hurry.

10:14 2d quarter, Lakers 32-20: Now Rasheed Wallace has two fouls, and if he picks up a third, the Celtics are really in trouble.

End 1st quarter, Lakers 28-18: This is the start the Lakers wanted. No one wishes injury on an opponent, but if Kendrick Perkins does not return -- he still hasn't returned from the locker room -- the Celtics will be in trouble.

The Lakers are getting what they want on offense. They're shooting 60 percent. Kobe Bryant has 11, but Artest and Gasol have combined for 13. Imagine that. The Celtics need to fix their defense fast.

1:49 1st quarter, Lakers 26-18: Kobe Bryant (11 points) is being Kobe Bryant, but what's really killing the Celtics is that Ron Artest is making outside shots. Artest's two three-pointers are totally unexpected. If the Celtics have to guard him out there the whole dynamic of the game changes.

5:30 1st quarter, Lakers 18-12: An 8-0 run by the Lakers, and Kendrick Perkins goes down hard after being fouled by Andrew Bynum. Perkins was down for a minute before being helped off the court. He's limping and can't put weight on one leg as he's being helped to the locker room.

7:32 1st quarter, Celtics 12-10: And there it is. Allen breaks the three-point drought. He's got eight points so far.

10:10 1st quarter, Celtics 6-4: Ray Allen knocks down a jumper from the corner, but his foot was on the line. Allen is still seeking his first three-pointer since Game 2.

Pregame:Spotting a couple of Celtics fans in each section. Not many, but they're here. Christina Aguilera with the national anthem.

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