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Celtics Win in a Game of Me vs. We

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The Celtics defeated Kobe Bryant in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, 92-86.

Several other Lakers attended.

It’s been an NBA story for almost as long as there’s been an NBA: the team in white, playing on the home parquet in Boston, winning a crucial playoff game against the individual effort of the finest offensive player of his generation.

They did it to Wilt in the '60s, to Kareem in Milwaukee in the '70s, and to Kobe two years ago. And they’ll do it again in Game 6 or 7 if Los Angeles displays the same kind of lopsided offense it showed on Sunday night.

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