CELTICS LEAD SERIES, 3-1 (*if necessary)
|Game 1||June 5 at Boston||Celtics 98, Lakers 88|
|Game 2||June 8 at Boston||Celtics 108, Lakers 102|
|Game 3||June 10 at Los Angeles||Lakers 87, Celtics 81|
|Game 4||June 12 at Los Angeles||Celtics 97, Lakers 91|
|Game 5||Tonight at Los Angeles||9 p.m.||WJLA-7, WMAR-2|
|Game 6*||Tuesday at Boston||9 p.m.||WJLA-7, WMAR-2|
|Game 7*||Thursday at Boston||9 p.m.||WJLA-7, WMAR-2|
BY THE NUMBERS
NBA Finals that have ended in five games. It last occurred in 2004, when the Detroit Pistons defeated the Lakers. The Celtics have won a series in five games twice, beating the San Francisco Warriors in 1964 and the Lakers in '65.
"Sounds like everybody is getting their what-happens-if-we-lose stories together, huh?"
-- Lakers G Derek Fisher, after receiving a series of questions about Kobe Bryant yesterday
" I borrowed Phil's peace pipe. We had a big kumbaya meeting. "
-- Lakers G Kobe Bryant on how he motivated his teammates after the disappointing 97-91 loss in Game 4