A record-setting night for Ray Allen and a triple-double from Rajon Rondo lifted the Celtics to a 103-94 over the Lakers at the Staples Center last night. Their NBA Finals series is now knotted at one game apiece.
Allen set a new Finals record with eight three-pointers in the game, breaking a record held by Scottie Pippen and Kenny Smith. He canned his first seven attempts from beyond the arc in the first half, and finished the game 8-11 from three and with a game-high 32 points.
When the Lakers sent extra defenders at the red-hot Allen, other Celtics made 'em pay. Rajon Rondo took advantage, scoring 19 points, handing out 10 assists and grabbing 12 boards -- his second triple-double of the playoffs.
Kobe Bryant was hampered by foul trouble and held to 21 points on 8-of-20 shooting from the floor. Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 25.
The series now shifts to Boston. Game Three tips off at the TD Banknorth Garden at 9pm on Tuesday night.
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Image: Ray Allen gets back on D after hitting one of his Finals-record eight three pointers in Game Two. Getty Images / Christian Petersen