Ray Allen set an NBA Finals Record with eight three-pointers, seven in the first half, and finished with 32 points, and Rajon Rondo registered a triple-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists (along with a key block of Derek Fisher and a steal on Kobe Bryant) to lead the Celtics to a game two victory in Los Angeles, 103-94 at the Staples Center.

Mark Murphy has the Celtics using a 16-4 closing run to pull this one out.  Julian Benbow has Ray Allen a threat with the triples, and Rajon Rondo with the triple-double in the Celtics win. Chris Forsberg has the closing run making the difference for the Celtics. Robert Lee has the legend of Ray Allen growing a little more last night. Bill Doyle has Allen taking out his game one frustrations on the Lakers last night. A. Sherrod Blakely has the Celtics getting plenty of R&R in Southern California last night.

Dan Shaughnessy says that this Celtics group made the old guard proud with their performance. Steve Bulpett has the Celtics pleased with the win, but not making too big a deal over it, knowing it is only one game. Paul Flannery says that character, not characters continues to define this Celtics team.

Bob Ryan says that even Allen and Rondo were the stars, the Celtics needed the entire roster for this one. Kirk Minihane cranks out ten thoughts on last night’s game. Bill Burt has 10 reasons why Celtics fans should be excited.

Gary Washburn has the Celtics fortunate to win despite having only one of the big three firing on all cylinders. Rich Levine notes that overall Kevin Garnett didn’t play well, but he saved his best for the fourth quarter. Chris Sheridan looks at a complete turnaround from the Celtics.

Ron Borges says that this was Ray Allen’s night, and he made it the Celtics’ night.  Bob Hohler has more on the historic shooting performance and record-setting night for Allen. Peter May has Allen making up for a difficult game one with his record-setting performance. Evans Clinchy has Allen evoking memories of Micheal Jordan in the 1992 NBA Finals.

Steve Buckley has Rajon Rondo’s review of the game one film paying off in game two.  Frank Dell’Apa has a closer look at the triple-double from Rondo. Clinchy calls this the second-least-heralded triple-double in the postseason.

Shaughnessy has NBA TV analyst Kevin McHale talking about the Celtics/Lakers rivalry. Bulpett has Dave Cowens rooting for the green.

Dan Duggan has Kobe and the Lakers fading in the crunch. Monique Walker has Lakers center Andrew Bynum coming up big in a losing effort. Duggan also has Ron Artest and Lamar Odom reliving their AAU glory with the Lakers. (Though both were lousy last night.)

Jessica Camerato has the Lakers whining and griping about the officials despite shooting 41 free throws to the Celtics 26.

Wahburn has Kareem Abdul-Jabbar remembering John Wooden.

Benbow’s notebook has Nate Robinson again giving the Celtics a lift off the bench. Murphy’s notebook has Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett quiet and ineffective for much of the second straight game. Lee’s Celtics journal has Ray Allen talking about his performance. Forsberg’s notebook has more on the struggles of Pierce and KG. Doyle’s notebook has the Celtics avoiding technicals for the second straight game, and Sheldon Williams getting to watch his WNBA wife play a game on Saturday night. Blakely’s notebook has the Celtics being the aggressors last night.

Walker’s Lakers Notebook has an upset Kobe Bryant giving curt answers at a postgame press conference.

The Red Sox lost in extra innings to the lowly Baltimore Orioles yesterday, check all the stories over at RedSoxLinks.com.

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5 thoughts on “Allen, Rondo Help Celtics Even Up NBA Finals

  1. The Lakers whining about the officiating on a night where they attempted 15 more FTs than Boston–and it was only THAT close because LA was fouling intentionally at the end–is exhibit #2,346 as to why they are the most despicable team in all of pro sports. The NBA bends over backwards for them all the time to make sure that they are a perennial title contender (because the LA market is #2–and that's more important to Stern than his league having any integrity)….and yet, they still whine and complain when things don't always go their way.

    Ridiculous.

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  2. The NBA has less credibility than a carnival barker, used car salesman, wrestling, and Roller Derby combined, and has been the worse run major sports league for years. Only one corrupt official? Yeah, right. I'm not buying it. Corrupt refs are like when you see a mouse in your house. It means there are ALWAYS more than one.

    What's sad is that we all know what's going to happen on Tuesday night: Bryant will only get two fouls called on him — maximum. One will be late in the first half and the other mid-way through the fourth quarter. Book it.

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  3. Wait a minute! Where are the articles written about the fact that the Red Sox are still in this 'hunt' dispite having played "bench players" through out the outfield? Who deserves the credit for this phenomenon? Who brought these players to Boston? Who? Oh! Theo. Oh never mind! That explains it. Theo can only be guilty of not acquiring shortstops and not replacing Manny. My bad.

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  4. If you think the officiating is going to change for this series, guess again. Ian Thompson was on with Joe Amorsino on Sports Final on WHDH last night. Thompson went to Vice President of operations Stu Jackson and asked him about the amount of fouls being called. Thompson said it is ruining the flow of game. Jackson's response was, "What do you want me to do about it? If you swallow the whistle, then you allow the players to take more liberties with each other and possibly have a brawl." Jackson then went on to say with two teams that physically imposing the league does not want to have another Palace nightmare. Interpreting what Jackson said, Thompson believes as long as Ron Artest is one of the players in this finals. The games will be called very tight.

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    1. You nailed the biggest fear. This is the marquee event for the league and with the high profile franchises involved, the league is not going to allow a brawl of any kind to be the story. Given the choice between the public wondering if the refs are incompetent or even corrupt over thinking his players (chief product) are out of control thugs brawling just inches away from the crowd – unlike any other sport, there is no fence or wall between the players and the fans – Stern will let the officials take the beating every time. And some perspective, the 1984 finals that is still the best of my lifetime, averaged 56 fouls called per game. These first two games – 55.5.

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