LOS ANGELES -- Here are some of the assorted quotes from Celtics and Lakers after Boston beat Los Angeles 103-92 in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, splitting the series.
Ray Allen on the defense he saw after his first few threes:
"I didn't think it was easy. You know, getting the threes up in the air, it was like somebody -- you look up and I'm shooting a three and everybody is probably thinking, 'how did this guy get them'? But there's so much going on out there from great screens being set to misdirection plays ... I thought they did everything they could to keep me from shooting threes and they worked tirelessly. We were setting great screens and I was getting to my spots."
Rajon Rondo on having a triple-double in the NBA Finals:
I think the best part about getting the triple-double is getting a win. That's pretty much it. I think for me it would be pointless to get a triple-double and lose the game. You've done all you can do, but to go out of here with a loss would be devastating for me personally. But the bottom line is, I'm extremely happy because we got the win."
Doc Rivers on watching Ray Allen's jump shot:
"It makes me a better coach, I can tell you that. And when you draw up these plays and he makes them, you feel a lot smarter. He's a perfectionist. If you watched him yesterday and the last two days, he took a million shots. It's no coincidence that the great shooters are great shooters; they work on it more. You look on the TV early in the game, you see Kobe before everybody is out there shooting. Ray shows up three hours before every game, he's out there shooting. There's a reason they can shoot. He believes in it and we believe in it."
Phil Jackson on the Lakers adjusting to Allen and Rondo:
"When they take away any bumps, when (Derek Fisher) is trying to make him divert his path and they don't allow him to do that, they call fouls on Fish and that really gives him an opportunity to take whatever route he wants to make off the pickers. That really makes it difficult. We just have to adjust to the ballgame to what the referees are going to call. Are they going to allow us to take direct line cuts away from him so he has to divert his route, and call on Fish and get a foul called on Fisher? That makes for a totally different type of ballgame. Then Fish has to give the routes that he wants to run in and then he's got to play from behind all the time. That's an adjustment we all need to make in the course of this series. He had a great game."
Pau Gasol on why the Lakers lost:
"We turned the ball over a couple of times down the stretch when the game was on the line. Then that possession where it was 17 seconds on the clock, we were scrambling like it was the last possession of the game, and we gave them a wide open look, a basket, when we were down three only and it was two minutes or something to go. So that was tough, deflating. And we just couldn't convert offensively at the end. They took advantage and took their time and converted and executed their plays."
Kobe Bryant on the key factors to the series:
"You can't turn the ball over. We'll continue to pound the ball inside but we can't give them easy baskets in transition."