Lakers coach Phil Jackson basically described Game 1 of the NBA Finals as "the tale of two halves." Luckily for the defensive-minded Celtics, the better half for them was the latter one.
In their first Finals game since 1987, the Celtics used a smothering defense in the second half to defeat the Lakers, 98-88, in Game 1 at TD Banknorth Garden.
Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Sunday night.
The storied Celtics-Lakers rivalry marked matchup No. 11 in the Finals...