Celtics bring series lead back to L.A.

The Lakers missed nine free throws, including two by Ron Artest in the final minute with the Celtics guarding a five point lead. The Lakers missed opportunities all night and ended with just two shooters — Kobe and Gasol — in double figures for scoring. Paul Pierce had no trouble with Artest's defense tonight and led the Celtics with 27 points. The Celtics can clinch the NBA Finals on Tuesday night at Staples Center; it's the first time in this year's playoffs that the Lakers have trailed in a series. If a game 7 is necessary, it would be Thursday night at Staples Center. Final: 92-86.

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