Los Angeles Lakers defeat Boston Celtics, 87-81

LOS ANGELES - Half of Hollywood was sitting at courtside, and the stage was set.

The Celtics were in position to take a 3-0 series lead in the NBA Finals and put the Lakers underwater.

It didn't happen. Kobe Bryant and friends retaliated and put themselves back into championship contention with an 87-81 win over the Celtics last night in the third game of the series.

The Celtics led, 68-66, with less than eight minutes to play, but they fizzled down the stretch and n...

LOS ANGELES - This one screamed for tape delay. This was not exactly a great demonstration of the product.

The Lakers won it, but how happy can they be, needing all that huffing and puffing to put away a Celtics team on a night when Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are shooting 8 for 35?

As for the Celtics, what a stinkbomb.

What else do you need to know? Oh, that's right, the score. It was Los Angeles 87, Boston 81, and what it means is that there will be a Game 5.

LOS ANGELES - Instead of finding an excuse to "whine" like Lakers coach Phil Jackson after Game 2, Doc Rivers just accepted the Celtics' first loss of the NBA Finals and told his team to do the same.

The Celtics lost Game 3, 87-81, to the Lakers before a celebrity-laden crowd at Staples Center last night. Boston still holds a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, with Game 4 here tomorrow night. The Lakers improved to 9-0 in the postseason at home and beat the Celtics f...