Boston Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers, 96-89

Rasheed Wallace now finds himself in the same danger zone as Kendrick Perkins.

Wallace was one of the catalysts in the fourth-quarter charge that helped the Celtics tie the NBA Finals at 2-2 with a 96-89 win over the Lakers last night, but he walked away from the win with his sixth technical foul of the playoffs, leaving him one shy of an automatic one-game suspension.

He picked up the technical with 7:25 to go in the fourth, exaggeratedly shocked at being called for...

Understand this about Glen Davis: He is a basketball player.

He may look like a football player and he may harbor a secret desire to be a movie star, talk-show host or a contestant on “Dancing With The Stars,’’ but he is a pure basketball player.

He is 6 feet 8 inches (maybe), and he often has a lot of trouble finishing underneath among the NBA redwoods, but he usually finds a way to make an impact on a basketball game, and last night he made one of his biggest. He w...

Nobody puts Baby in a corner.

On the night Glen Davis was drafted three years ago, Danny Ainge spoke of Big Baby having “big upside,’’ and we chortled and said, “Yeah, sure. Big backside, too.’’

Last night, Baby and his fellow subs ran the Celtics to a 96-89 victory over the Lakers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, squaring the series at 2-2.

“I just felt like a beast,’’ said Davis. “There’s not too many times you get to be part of something so great. I just couldn’t b...

The shot clock was ticking down late in the fourth quarter. Paul Pierce knew he had to do something. Each of the other four Celtics on the court had already touched the basketball, yet it had yielded little.

Pierce grabbed the ball, took a glance and as the clock went from 8 to 7 seconds, he made his move.

With Ron Artest — who had kept Pierce from scoring much during the first three games of the series — in his face, Pierce blew by him before scoring over Kobe Bryan...

Generally, Doc Rivers’s rule against fourth-quarter technical fouls is hard and fast. Last night, he willingly looked the other way.

“That was blown out of the water,’’ he said.

With Tony Allen, Glen Davis, Nate Robinson, and Rasheed Wallace setting the hardwood and the Lakers ablaze in the final period, the Celtics’ most effective lineup of the night also happened to be their most emotionally charged. So the moment the Celtics started to rally was the same moment th...