Found February 10, 2012 on SLAM Online:
by Jonathan Evans It was a familiar script for the Celtics—big game against a big rival, and Paul Pierce sets up at the top of the key with it all on the line. He dribbles, creates space and fades back for the jumper. But after hitting two big jumpers earlier in the overtime, this one doesn’t find the mark. Any hope of a Boston win was engulfed by Pau Gasol who swooped in to block what would be the go-ahead putback from Ray Allen to seal the 88-87 overtime win. The hard fought game was another thrilling chapter in the last throes of this run of the Lakers-Celtics rivalry. Gasol’s block was an exclamation point of a game where L.A.’s bigs were simply unstoppable. In what was probably the Lakers‘ biggest win of the season—L.A.’s hard-nosed, defensive-minded identity is starting to take shape. Mike Brown’s Lakers may not be triangles and three-peats but the cupboard isn’t exactly bare here. As dismal as the Lakers’ point guard play (0-7 and 2 assists from Fisher) and bench (just 18 poi...
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