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Lakers vs. Celtics: NBA Finals Game 5 Preview

Kobe Bryant and Ray Allen

AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics -- Game 5 -- (Series tied 2-2)

8:00 PM ET, June 13, 2010 -- TD Garden, Boston, MA -- ABC, ESPN Radio

The NBA Finals is now a three-game series. The Celtics and Lakers are tied at 2 for the 6th time in Finals history. The Celtics won four of the previous five series, but the Lakers won the last one (1985). In all best-of-7 series tied at 2-2 in NBA history, the Game 5 winner has gone on to win the series 83.3% of the time. The Celtics have scored less than 100 points in nine straight home playoff games, one shy of tying an NBA record in a single postseason. The C's are 14-2 this postseason, however, when allowing fewer than 100 points. Kobe and the Lakers are 8-1 this postseason when allowing fewer than 100 points.

Game Preview: LAL vs BOS

Note: The Elias Sports Bureau and ESPN Stats and Information group contributed to this report.