Lakers Take Game 3

Los Angeles beats Boston, 87-81, now trails series 2-1
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2008 11:09 PM CDT
Los Angeles Lakers forward Luke Walton (4) tries to pass the ball around Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34).    (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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(Newser) – Kobe Bryant scored 36 points to lead his LA Lakers to an 87-81 victory over Boston in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the LA Times reports. Los Angeles now trails the best-of-seven series 2-1. The Lakers also got a strong lift from Sasha Vujacic (20 points), who came up big during game's closing minutes. Game 4 is Thursday in Los Angeles.