“BEAT LA! BEAT LA! BEAT LA!” Celtics Win #17, Trounce Lakers 131-92

What an ass-kicking.  WHAT AN ASS-KICKING. In grand and championship style, reminiscent of the pasting the great 1986 Celtics put on a game but over-matched Rockets team in Game 6, the Celtics won their 17th NBA championship in franchise history, destroying the Lakers 131-92.  In every facet, on both ends of the floor, at every position, with both the starters and the bench, the Celtics utterly dismantled the Lakers in the last three quarters.  Crucial was the Celtics’ 29-9 run to close the first half, using reserves as well as the starters to extend a 29-26 lead to a 58-35 game fast becoming a rout.  From Posey hitting threes to KG dominating both ends of the floor to Rajon Rondo disrupting the Lakers’ offense while driving the Celtics down the floor for easy and open baskets to Ray Allen positively shooting the lights out, the Celtics played their best basketball of the year in the last 36 minutes.  They prevented the Lakers from getting an offensive rebound the entire first half, and they allowed only two the entire game.  In addition to illustrating the Celtics’ defensive dominance, it also spelled doom for the Lakers that they only had eight field goals in the first half, one fewer than the number of turnovers in the first 24 minutes.

The second half only got worse, as the Celtics extended the lead in the third, regularly leading by 30 points or more.  Rajon Rondo showed tremendous poise and maturity, controlling the floor, distributing the ball with excellent decisions and precision, and prowling the perimeter.  He ended up with 21 points, 7 rebounds (2 offensive, as many as the Lakers team himself), 8 assists, 6 steals, and only one turnover.  Once he develops a jump shot and hones his decision-making, he’ll emerge as one of the better point guards.  Allen and KG each had 26, with Allen setting the NBA Finals record for the most made 3’s with 22, seven in Game 6 alone.  KG added 14 rebounds, Pierce had 17 points and 10 assists, most of them in the first half.  They had only 7 turnovers while forcing 19–a remarkable 18 by steals.

Best of all, everyone who came into the game, right until the end, played their heads off, challenging shots and running the floor even when the game was clearly out of reach.  That clearly reflects the attitude of the team that was palpable from day one–that defense and hustle would prevail.  It did and then some tonight, with the Celtics wiping the floor with the Lakers.  What an overwhelming clinching victory.

Get those index fingers ready and warm, Celtics fans.  They’re Number One, deservedly so.  They were the best basketball team all year and proved it in convincing fashion tonight.

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