Time Runs Out for Lakers in Game 2 Loss to Celtics

Major challenge ahead for Lakers
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jun 9, 2008 2:35 AM CDT
Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) and Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol, from Spain, battle for a rebound in the second half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals yesterday in Boston.    (AP Photo/Pool, Nicholas Kamm)
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(Newser) – Perhaps their amazing fourth-quarter comeback was enough to give the Lakers hope in a most difficult situation. Kobe Bryant scored 13 of his 30 points in the last 7:40 as the Lakers erased all but two points of a 24-point deficit before losing in Boston to the Boston Celtics 108-102 in Game 2 of the NBA finals.

"They took care of business at home, and we've got to go home and try to do the same thing," Bryant said.  Only three teams have ever recovered from the 2-0 deficit Los Angeles faces to win the finals, but the teams play the next three games at Staples Center, where the Lakers are 8-0 in the postseason and have won 14 straight since last losing March 28.