Boston Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers, 98-88

Don't get cocky. Resist the urge to fire off that sarcastic e-mail to your old college roommate currently residing in Reseda.

Just appreciate the fact that the championship of the world's greatest basketball league is once again being played in this town and that your Celtics are now one step closer to title No. 17.

It may not go down as a great game, but it was plenty recognizable as NBA basketball, and, in particular, 2007-08 Boston Celtics basketball. Holding the hig...

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...

Our young people are making their own memories. Last night. Sunday night. All next week. Years from now these kids will talk about what it was like when the Celtics and Lakers played for the NBA title in June of 2008. They'll remember what it was like to be part of this special spring in Boston.

Those of us who are a little older (OK, maybe a lot older) already have memories. And watching this matchup of NBA brands is like opening a dusty trunk in our parents' attic.