Allen, Rondo Help Boston Tie SeriesPublished by Marcus Vanderberg on Monday, June 7, 2010 at 12:39 am.
LOS ANGELES – And just like that, we have a series.
Ray Allen set a NBA Finals record with eight three-pointers and Rajon Rondo had a triple-double as the Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 103-94 to tie the series at 1-1.
“Rondo did a terrific job of finding him,” said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers on Allen’s 32 points. “He saved us in the first half with Kevin in foul trouble, Paul struggling. We needed points and Ray gave them to us.”
After a dismal Game 1 from the Celtics guards, both Allen and Rondo stepped up and carried the load for Boston, who was saddled with foul trouble for the second game in a row.
“I think we had more activity in this game, we had more energy,” Allen said. “We fought harder, and the ball did bounce more in our favor.”
The Lakers wasted great efforts by Andrew Bynum (21 points, 12 rebounds, 7 blocks) and Pau Gasol (25 points, 13 rebounds, 6 blocks) as Kobe Bryant struggled from the field, going 8-for-20 for 21 points.
“We fought pretty hard to get back in the game, and then we let the game slip away,” Bryant said.
Game 3 is on Tuesday night from the TD Garden in Boston.