NBA Finals: Pierce, Celtics Edge Lakers; Take 3-2 Series Lead. Paul Pierce scored 27 points to lead four starters in double figures as the Boston Celtics held off the Los Angeles Lakers 92-86 Sunday night. The win gives the Celtics a 3-2 series lead in the NBA Finals. Kevin Garnett had his best game of the series, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Rajon Rondo had 18 points, eight assists and five rebounds and Ray Allen shot 5-for-10 to finish with 12 points. Boston pulled away in the third quarter, but the Lakers cut it to 87-82 with under a minute left. Ron Artest was fouled, but missed two free throws to all but seal the win for the Celtics. Boston shot 56 percent from the field while limiting the Lakers 40 percent shooting. Kobe Bryant finished with a game high 38 points on 13-for-25 shooting. Pau Gasol was the only other Laker in double figures with 12 points. The series shifts to Los Angeles for Game 6 Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.
Jeffrey Osborne Sings National Anthem on Game 1 of NBA Finals. Before the first game of the NBA Finals: Boston Celtics vs. LA Lakers best of seven series, Jeffrey Osborne sang the “Star Spangled Banner”: USA’s national anthem. The game started at 6 p.m. PT and aired on ABC. It was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The former lead singer of L.T.D. has performed at the finals five times for the Lakers, including in 2009, 2008, 2002, 1988 and 1985. He also sang the national anthem at the Game 4 of the NBA Finals last year. Jeffrey Osborne is a Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter. He had the highest-charting hit of his career duetting with Dionne Warwick on “Love Power”. He also sang the hit “On the Wings of Love”. The Lakers beat the Celtics with 102-89 on their first game. The next game will be on Sunday, June 6. Did you like the performance of Jeffrey Osborne singing the national anthem? Will the Lakers overpower the Celtics again on Sunday? Or will the Celtics take revenge?
World Wrestling Entertainment announced today that due to the debacle caused by Kroenke Sports Enterprises regarding Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs, WWE is moving the May 25, 2009 edition of Monday Night Raw from the Pepsi Center in Denver to the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. PT. In addition, due to the overwhelming support shown by the STAPLES Center, Los Angeles Lakers and the California WWE fans, WWE will hold back-to-back nights of action at the STAPLES Center, with a second event on Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. PT. Head to Ticketmaster now for tickets to Monday’s live event and Tuesday’s live event. WWE will be returning to Denver for an event at the Denver Coliseum on Friday, August 7. Refunds for the Pepsi Center event can be obtained by returning tickets to the place of purchase. “WWE is extremely grateful to the Lakers and the STAPLES Center for the hospitality and professionalism shown to WWE during this whole situation,” said Vince McMahon, Chairman of World Wrestling Entertainment. “We apologize to all of the WWE fans in the Denver area who have been inconvenienced by Kroenke Sports Enterprises. We look forward to bringing two consecutive nights of WWE excitement to Staples Center this Monday and Tuesday night.”