Los Angeles Lakers defeat Boston Celtics, 91-84

Paul Pierce was not planning on returning to his Los Angeles roots until after the playoffs ended, but he will have to revise his plans, provided the Celtics win at least one of the next two games at TD Garden.

After the Celtics’ Game 2 victory in Los Angeles, Pierce talked about wrapping up the NBA Finals in Boston. But, after a 91-84 loss to the Lakers last night, the Celtics desperately need to win the next two.

“I’m disappointed, I’m disappointed in the loss,’’ P...

Home again, winds whipping off the Zakim, women sparring like million dollar babies in the window of a gym on Canal Street, KG head-butting the backboard stanchion amid the pregame frenzy.

Bye-bye, La-La land. Welcome back, Kevin Garnett.

Home again, KG spun and scored on Pau Gasol. He stuck jumpers, sank fadeaways, and lofted in floaters.

Playing like an old soul with new life — no more slogging up court as if he were ankle-deep in the La Brea Tar Pits, as he app...

Kevin Garnett was hot, showing up to TD Garden just when all of Boston was about to put his face on a milk carton. Kobe Bryant was dangerous, even on a night when he went 10-of-29 shooting. But Derek Fisher ended up being deadly last night.

Late in the fourth quarter, when the Celtics were threatening to erase a deficit that was once 17 points, the Lakers point guard was there to grab the rebound after Ray Allen missed his 13th shot. He raced down left side of the floor...

Sometimes the other guys have the intestinal fortitude and the crunch time mojo. Sometimes the other guys come into your home and stab you in the heart.

It’s trendy around these parts to mock the manhood of the Los Angeles Lakers. The fundamental rules apply as time goes by. Graduation season rolls around, the Celtics and Lakers play in the Finals, and the lunchpail Boston bullies prevail because they are tougher when the clock nears midnight.

Not last night. On the ...

The Los Angelers Lakers had a guard close the game last night, but it wasn’t the guy you expected.

It wasn’t Kobe Bryant. It was Derek Fisher, the “other’’ guard, the sturdy 35-year-old lefty who invariably plays his best basketball in the months of May and June.

He has made much of his reputation on the one or two big end-of-the-game shots, but last night he expanded his domain to include the entire last nine minutes. More than anyone else, he made sure the Lakers w...