Boston Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers, 108-102

The X-factor guys are the ones who make it fun.

Everybody knows what the Pierces, Garnetts, Allens, and Bryants can, and probably will, do. That's why they get the eight-figure paychecks. But winning teams always, always, always need more than that. Yeah, you knew David Tyree would make The Catch in Super Bowl XLII, right?

Leon Powe is an X-factor for the Boston Celtics. That's when he's even given a chance to be the "X." In the 10 games leading up to the NBA Finals,...

For three more quarters, Los Angeles's high-powered offense sputtered and the Lakers' frustration spilled out onto the court, and across their faces. In Game 2 of the NBA Finals last night at TD Banknorth Garden, the Celtics smothered scoring star Kobe Bryant with double, sometimes triple teams, and Leon Powe showed the sedentary Laker bench how to rip open a game, running off 21 points in 15 minutes as Boston took a 108-102 victory.

The Celtics went to the foul line ag...

Is Basketball America ready to Go Green? Just like in the old days?

Playing the blood-and-thunder game that marked their Bill Russell-Larry Bird glory years, the Celtics last night bolted to a 24-point fourth-quarter lead and hung on to beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 108-102, at the New Garden to take a 2-0 series lead in the NBA Finals.

In the midst of a championship banner drought that has spanned both Bush Administrations, the Celtics are two wins from a long-awaite...

After playing with fire late, the Celtics held on to earn a chance to party near Hollywood. And this party is 22 years in the making.

The Celtics nearly blew a 24-point lead in the fourth quarter last night before defeating the Lakers, 108-102, in Game 2 of the NBA Finals at TD Banknorth Garden. Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is tomorrow night in Los Angeles, as is Game 4 Thursday and, if needed, Game 5 Sunday. The Celtics are hoping to return to Boston with an elus...