Celtics Take Game 1 Over LA

Boston wins at home, 98-88, to open the NBA finals
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2008 11:03 PM CDT
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (24) shoots against Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett (5) during the second quarter of Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals Thursday, June 5, 2008.   (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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(Newser) – The Boston Celtics treated their hometown fans to a 98-88 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers tonight in Game 1 of the NBA finals, the Boston Globe reports. Kevin Garnett (24 points) and Paul Pierce (22) led the Celtics, while Kobe Bryant had 24 for LA. Pierce went down hard in the third quarter and was carried to the locker room, but he returned quickly to a thunderous ovation. The Lakers, who led by 5 at the half, will try to even things up Sunday night in Boston.