Paul Pierce scored 14 of his 30 points in the third quarter as the Boston Celtics took a 77-72 lead over the Los Angeles Lakers into the fourth quarter at the Staples Center.
Ray Allen has 13 points and Kevin Garnett has 10 points and 11 rebounds. Rajon Rondo has six points and seven assists and Glen Davis has six points off the bench for Boston.
Kobe Bryant also has 30 points for Los Angeles. Pau Gasol has 12 points and six rebounds and Andrew Bynum has 11 points and five rebounds through three quarters. Lamar Odom has eight points and Derek Fisher has five points.
Boston is shooting a very impressive 56.6% while Los Angeles is shooting 43.3% through three quarters.