Lakers break down in stretch run

Eight misses and three turnovers in final five minutes were L.A.'s undoing

Updated: June 7, 2010, 10:48 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers were up by three points and sat just five minutes from securing a vice-grip-like 2-0 Finals lead over the Boston Celtics when the team with the game's undisputed best closer closed out the game like a golfer with the yips putting for the win on the 18th hole.

Eight missed shots and three turnovers by the Lakers later, and the Celtics had a 103-94 win, a 1-1 series tie and an inviting slate of three straight games at home coming up on the schedule.

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