One, two, three... seven! That's the number of threw-point makes Ray Allen contributed to the Celtics cause in the first half of Game 2 in Los Angeles. Allen ended with eight for the game and 32 points. Rajon Rondo's play was another storyline for the Celtics. Despite a number of mistakes, he posted his fifth career playoff triple double, 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists.
For the Lakers, Kobe Bryant scored only 21 on 20 shots. He was in foul trouble for much of the game. Two of the fouls called against him were highly dubious however. Pau Gasol had 25 points and Andrew Bynum scored 21, but the Lakers defense was not up to the high standard they featured in Game 1.
The Celtics took a big lead in the second quarter thanks to Allen's shooting. But the Lakers crept back and from early in the third quarter on, the game was competitive. Kobe got his 4th foul halfway through the quarter, but only Gasol and Bynum stepped up. Meanwhile, Boston's bench was effective in the wake of Pierce and Garnett's struggles. Big Baby Davis scored 8, Rasheed Wallace had 7, and Nate Robinson threw in 7 in 6 fourth quarter minutes.
Winning 103-94, the Celtics head back to Boston having stolen home court advantage and tying the series at one game each.