The fourth quarter showed the high quality of basketball that the two teams have. The Celtics finally equalized on Leon Powe’s basket with 10 minutes to go 73-all but the Lakers refused to buckle as Kobe Bryant carried the brunt of the Lakers offense as he gave the Lakers enough breathing room with an 81-77 lead time down to 5 minutes. James Posey who was nursing five fouls, was again the surprise package as he hit a key three pointer to cut the lead 81-80. After Pau Gasol scored on a botched play Kevin Garnett hit two Free throws and then the Celtics swarmed Lamar Odom who missed a shot that set up Eddie House for a jumper for their first taste of the lead 84-83. From thereon it was a boxing match as the Celtics went to the Big 3 to take the lead while the Lakers went exclusively to Kobe Bryant who cut the Boston lead to two 89-87. The Celtics closed the Lakers out with another triple by Posey and free throws to ice the win. Paul Pierce came alive in the second half and helped in the Celtics rally as he topped all scorers with 20 points. Ray Allen who spread his offense from the 1st quarter to fourth scored 19 points and had 9 rebounds. James Posey and Eddie House came from the bench to score 18 and 11 points respectively. KG had 16 points and 11 rebounds.
There has never been an NBA team that came back from a 1-3 deficit to win the NBA Title. But as Paul Pierce would say, “We do not believe in that statistics because they might still come back. What we are focused on now is to get it on Fathers day!” So will there be a crowning or an extension come game 5. Lets wait and see.