The Boston Celtics were able to hold on in Game 2 because they held onto the ball.
Boston committed 12 turnovers in the first half and just two in the second in Sunday night’s 103-94 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
The win evened the series at 1-1, heading into tonight’s Game 3 in Boston.
Some of the Celtics’ biggest turnovers Sunday came in the last two minutes of the second quarter, when the Lakers cut a 54-41 deficit to six points. Kobe Bryant stole the ball with 3 seconds to play and hit a 3-pointer – then stole the inbounds pass but missed a 3 that would have made it a three-point game.
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“The last couple (minutes) were brutal,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “We had a chance to be up nine or 12 to end the half. But we weathered that storm, and I thought in the second half we played with great composure.”
Lakers center Andrew Bynum blocked seven shots in Game 2, two shy of the Finals record set by Orlando’s Dwight Howard in Game 4 last year against the Lakers.
Bynum had been nursing a sore right knee.
“He recovered really well off of some swelling that he had on that knee,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “Trainers were able to get that down and back in order and he was able to play, I think, great.”
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said the Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in Spartans coach Tom Izzo, but “there is not a contract offer on the table.” … The New Orleans Hornets will formally introduce Monty Williams as their new head coach. Williams, 38, has been an assistant to Portland head coach Nate McMillan since 2005. … The Celtics’ series-tying win earned the highest preliminary rating for Game 2 of an NBA Finals since 2004. The game on ABC drew a 10.9 overnight rating. That’s up 10 percent from the 9.9 for last year’s Magic-Lakers Game 2.
L.A. Lakers at Boston, 6 p.m., Ch. 4 (series tied, 1-1)