Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Derek Fisher scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Los Angeles Lakers to a 91-84 win over Boston in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
Kobe Bryant poured in 29 points and Pau Gasol added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the defending NBA champions, who grabbed a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Fisher, like Bryant, going after his fifth championship ring, made 5-of-7 shots from the field in the final quarter.
Ray Allen, who set an NBA Finals record by making eight shots from beyond the arc on the way to a 32-point night in a 103-94 Boston win Sunday in LA, missed all 13 of his attempts from the field in Game 3 and had just two points. He missed all eight from beyond the arc, a sharp contrast to the 8-of-11 effort from Game 2.
Kevin Garnett scored 25 points for the Celtics, who also received 15 points from Paul Pierce. Boston had six turnovers in the last quarter after having just four combined over the first three periods.
The Lakers are now two victories away from winning the 12th NBA Finals matchup in this storied rivalry. Game 4 is Thursday, again at TD Garden.