Kobe Bryant scored 15 points as the Los Angeles Lakers, trying to save their season, opened a 51-31 lead over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night at halftime of Game 6 of the NBA finals.

Trying to force the first Game 7 in the finals in five years, the Lakers led by as much as 22 in a dominant performance over the first 24 minutes after dropping the last two games to fall into a 3-2 deficit.

Ron Artest, who has struggled offensively, added 10 points, while the Lakers’ reserves played a key role in a huge second-quarter spurt.

Ray Allen scored 13 points for the Celtics, making his first 3-pointer since hitting an NBA finals-record eight in Game 2. But backcourt mate Rajon Rondo had only two points on 1-of-8 shooting.

The Celtics lost center Kendrick Perkins to a right knee injury and had plenty of other problems, shooting poorly and getting crushed on the backboards after moving themselves to the brink of an 18th title.

It would take a huge comeback for it to come Tuesday.

Game 7 would be Thursday, and would be the first winner-take-all game in the NBA finals since San Antonio beat Detroit in 2005.

The Lakers shot 60 percent in the first quarter and moved the ball much better than they did in Boston, when too often their only offense was Bryant.

Boston had a two-point lead after Allen finally connected from behind the arc again, but the Lakers answered with a 16-4 run to make it 26-16 on Artest’s 3-pointer with 2:57 remaining in the first quarter.

The Celtics lost Perkins during the run when he went down after grabbing an offensive rebound and getting fouled by Andrew Bynum. Perkins went to the floor and eventually was helped by two teammates to the back, where the team said he would get X-rays.

It was 28-18 after one quarter, and the Lakers quickly blew it open even while Bryant was getting some rest. A 10-2 surge increased the lead to 17. After Paul Pierce’s basket, Sasha Vujacic made a 3-pointer. Jordan Farmar threw down a powerful dunk on the fast break to extend it to 45-25 midway through the period.

It peaked at 22 on Bryant’s jumper, and the Lakers brought a 51-31 advantage to the break even after making only one basket in the final 3 1/2 minutes.

Los Angeles outrebounded Boston 30-13.


  • lakeshowo

    Great job tonight Kobe! The whole team played great…..Do work Thursday!

  • lakerfan4life

    That was a fantastic game! Everyone played their role and did exactly what needed to be done tonight! LAKERS 4 LIFE! Game 7 is ours, just go out there and play with the same intensity and passion that you guys did tonight and we will be celebrating yet another championship! Kobe & Company got it done, but it is not over yet! Love you guys, keep it up and don’t let this get to your head! You Got This!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/carolina/ Queen of Heart.

    Good luck again and again..Go lakers Go lakers…

  • kingkoo

    Lakers must be 2010World Champion!!!!!

  • dreamchu

    kobe,I believe you and lakers will win the game.There is no doubt that Lakers is the best team in NBA.I hope you can take them out!I cannot wait it!!!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/dsl10/ crazy fan of KB24

    goooooooooooooooooooo lakerssssss
    pleasee beat boston
    goooooooooo kobe u r the man .

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/julie366/ julie

    my dear kobe and all lakers’ players just had done a nice job!~`congratulations!~~i’m so happy!~`love u guys!~

  • marc24

    kobe will lead the lakers to game 7 victory!!!!!!! congrats!!!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/asa223/ Asa24

    but they won game 666666666

  • denzel143

    hi kobes if your reading this. I have a question. Are you really a illuminati?? please reply. im really a big fan of yours. Im just concern.

  • zreyak

    It was a G-R-E-A-T game! I hope I was able to watch it live in Staples Center. The experience would be superb! Finally, they played like a team. Better bring it on game 7 so they will win and be the NBA 2010 Champions! Great D, hussle plays, shooting, rebounding, everything.. They started the game right and the bench players added energy. Let’s go Lakers! Let’s go Kobe!

  • kobeshoots24

    Now if you read what i wrote the other day about what the lakers need to do to win b4 game game 5 you would say he knows what he talking about…they didnt do it game 5 bcuz obviously kobe had to drop 23 pts straight which is crazy….no1 else came to play…but last night the lakers were clicking on all cylinders…word from the wise….im the only la fan out of all my friends….they all want boston to win even if they are not boston fans just bcuz they hate kobe so they say…why? u know your the greatest when people dnt want you to win….yday i was trying to get to the computer to put down what ive been saying since they lost game 5…..basically 3 games straight in boston was long as hell…..the 2-3-2 format really sucks….but the lakers were ready to go home after a week in boston….why you think the classic song sweet home alabama so damn popular????? so kobe most likely ripped his teammates 4real after game 5…do you hear him at the postgame??? now thats a real black mamba….say few words but each word is a deadly bite…i could see kobe boiling on the inside but kobe has much class so he will always be calm and collected when speaking….i told every1 kobe and the lakers will win by 20 bcuz they are going to come home with backs against the wall, finally when they do something good their crowd will go crazy unlike when on the road, and most important kobe wants to be the greatest ever….jordan didnt lose in the finals….but than again jordan never played complete teams like detroit and boston either…the lakers will take this momentum into next game and win by 6-11 pts…it will be a hard fought game…i dnt see artest hitting the shots again…and a lil less production from the bench….i hope that im wrong and that artest hits the shots and they have a lead where they can let the bench get in on the scoring party..odom stepped up also….last night i really saw odom like call for a isolation near the baseline…thats serious…last night was a stress free game…boston best chance was to win last night and they didnt…kobe and lakers at home game 7….ha ha ha ha…kobe will show you why he is the black mamba and why he is another step closer to all time best player..and plz believe when he wins 2marrow night he will already be thinking 6…because than what would mean tied with jordan!!!!!…jordan got 5th ring at 34…kobe will have 5th at 31-32….and still going…so lakers must not only match performance from last night but go beyond it to win…..kobeshoots24

  • de1tapshatta

    KOBE BRYANT IS THE GREATEST PLAYER IN THE NBA…LA LAKERS IS THE GREATEST TEAM IN THE NBA. SKILLS MAD TALENT WE GOT IT ALL. CELTICS THOUGHT THEY WERE GONNA ROLL THROUGH BUT LA SHOWED UP AND DID THEIR DO. CELTICS SHOULD HAVE REALISED IT WAS JUST SHEER LUCK FOR THEM BY NOW THEY SHOULD HAVE CAUGHT THE JIST OF THE NBA ANTHEM. IT STARTS AND ENDS WITH LA.

  • lakergyrl

    Kobe you were AWESOME! I Love You:)

  • italyloveskobe

    I’ll be there! I’ll be with you and all the Lakers from Italy for game 7! I will not sleep and I’ll watch it on TV in the middle of the night!
    Rudy T. said: Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion!
    We are the champions and we have home court. We must protect our home court! NOT IN OUR HOUSE!!! Let’s go Kobe, let’s go Lakers !!! With energy, belief and heart nothing is impossible!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/kingkobe1/ Abraham

    King Kobe Baby!!!! he will b wearing his 5th ring come thursday night and the finals mvp, G.O.A.T.

  • osakman

    kobe braynt number one is world…………

  • mannysingh

    Lakers are THE BEST! I love you Kobe Bryant! Game 7 is ours. revenge time! Just remember what they did to you in 2008 after the finals. Keep working hard, let the bench play and WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2010 is OURS!

    We want 16th!

    We want 5th Ring!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/lanespunkie/ KOBE Lver4ever

    I just cannot wait for KOBE 2 win his 5th championship ring!!!! I’ve been a fan of his for 14yrs & I’ve been so proud of the career he’s had. A total champion all the way :} Congrats on the win & congrats for the team stepping up 2 Kobe’s LEVEL & achieving the win…

  • kb24rocks

    lakers are going to win both games at home no need to worry GOOO KOBE ROR MVP

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/martinamalka/ martinamalka

    Kobe, I am so happy for you and your team! Let’s finish them already! LA LAKERS ALL THE WAY! YES!

  • yakii

    dammm kobe ur the best in the historyy i can see it lakerzz win the finall lol love kobe!!!!!!!
    u have done a great gob know u guyz have too do the same in game 7 & thizz is rzz!!!!

  • ayagirl84

    yippeh..do the same thing for Game7..i really hope lakers will win the championship…

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/bunny/ Bunny

    A T T E N T I O N !!

    Hahahahahaha.

    Whew, how bout them Lakers?

    Y’all did the darn thing.
    Play like this next game, y’all got it ( no doubt )
    Either way, y’all got it ( no doubt )
    Cause I hold it down for you talented men.

    Ayee Kobe, tell everyone Helllllo .

    Shout out to Bunnnnnnnnny <$

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/bunny/ Bunny

    P.s.
    ( my Baddd )

    But #24, I really wanna meet you !

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/bunny/ Bunny

    Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm .

    Yoooo, i REALLLLY wanna meet you.

    hahaha, I’m trippen (:

    But just to be clear.

    Do B I G things for me Bryant.

    Bunnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnny <$

  • all4kb24

    Kobe u did dat!!! damn lets do this again lets get the 5th championship on thursday!! Kobe all ur team played wonderful n let me tell u that alley-oop of shannon brown sick man all of the team members played wonderful lets keep up boys!!! Good luck n i’ll be watching. GO LAKERS!!

  • kobegirl4life

    I will be at Staples Center for GAME 7 to cheer on KOBE and the LAKERS! KOBE will be FINALS MVP again!! LET’S GET READY FOR THE PARADE!! LET’S GO LAKERS!!!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/teteulakers/ Mateus Petrolli

    great job, but we can’t expect a easy game tomorrow.. the celtics are a good team.. I think they’re gonna play hard and intensively.. naturaly, It’ll be the final game.. and I hope Kobe shines again..
    let’s go Lakers..
    kobe… simply the best ever!

  • gan118

    kobe , you are amazing!!! fans from Malaysia.

  • mrmike

    BLACK MAMBA YOU ARE THE MAN!! I LIVE IN CLEVELAND AND IVE BEEN TELLING THESE MOFOS SINCE 4EVER HOW YOU ARE TRULY THE BEST. YOUR WORK ETHIC AND APPROACH TO THE GAME NOT ONLY MAKE YOUR FANS WATCH IN AWE AND ENJOYMENT, THEY’RE THE TOOLS NEEDED TO SUCCEED IN ANYTHING!! LOYAL FAN CONGRADS ON YOUR FIFTH SIR!!!!!!!

  • kobekama

    well done Lakers. the title is ours, lets go out there thursday and play with that killer instinct.
    the drive for five gents, La all the way
    4 life

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/prettypreacher/ prettypreacher

    Way to go…super fantastic job last night, can’t wait til thursday…you are the best go get that Championship, Kobe I will be watching and cheering from South Carolina

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/julie366/ julie

    The final winner is ours!~·keep fight`

  • jahnet24

    kobe for mvp. .can’t wait. .game 7

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/occandy/ OC Candy

    What a game!!! Now it is on to Game 7…I have no doubt that the Lakers will be victorious in the end! Kobe keep showing everyone that you are the one MVP out there that really gets the job done..your talents along with your leadership skills make for a great team. I am looking forward to another Championship for the Lakers…Go Lakers !!!!!

  • matet07

    hi kobe..good luck for 2morw..gOd bless!!!mwhaa!i will pray for you and your team….

  • doughboylos15

    letsss go lakerssss….!!!!!! we cannot lose to to celtics again …..kobe lets blow em out by 40 how they did to us in 2008 ….lets send em fishing …good luck =)

  • doughboylos15

    oh yea one more thing……. ONNNEE MORREEE COOOKIIEEEEEEEE !!! lol

  • thenextlegend24

    Hi Guys and expecialy kobe great work you did in game 6 but what i rlly saw that Ron artest was also playing à very good game. And vujachich was also good at shooting 3′s but now whe can win THE 5th ring and whe can do this in our hometown at our homecourt even better than last year! Go kobe for THE love of THE game and THE win!!!!!!
    LAKERS 2010 CHAMPS!!

  • thenextlegend24

    @ Abraham what is ah GOAT in basketball terms?

  • skassis

    All the best for the lakers tonight,roll up your sleeves, lift your heads up,make history, game 7 is as important to the lakers as to Boston, it needs all your attention, don’t ease up and think it is over if your up, every possession counts,battle for every possession, trust easch other, be solid on defense, can’t wait till I hear the last whistle and see all of you jumping and hugging for a the biggest win of the season, that means a lot for you and to your fans. Be prepared .

  • estgene12

    L.A Lakers for the WIN….!
    Kobe Bryant for MVP…!!!

    yeah… nice teamwork in game 6 guys…
    keep it up…

    beat that boston tonight…!!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/julie366/ julie

    go kobe !go LAL!~god bless you all`my best wish to you!`KOBE,you ara my best happiness!love u so much!~

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/carolina/ Queen of Heart.

    Mr bryant!.. Good luck to your game tonight. This is it!!! I’ll be watching this good clean game. Go lakers.. Go lakers…God bless us all…Good luck again.

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/jag18/ THE BLACK MAMBA KB24

    Great Work Kobe and to the rest of the Laker team who contributed and helped you out offensively and defensively to force it to a Game 7. I also sure that you guys will bring the same intensity to game 7 to reach your goal which is the Larry O’ Brien trophy. So Lakers All The Way!

  • kobegirl4life

    GOOD LUCK TONIGHT! I WILL BE THERE TO CHEER YOU ON. GO KOBE!!! GO LAKERS!!! BACK TO BACK CHAMPS! LET’S DO THIS!!!!

  • chrisjames21

    I think Kobe Bryant should change his nickname to Kobe “Shot Clock” Bryant because if you notice everytime the shot clock gets below 5 seconds an kobe shoots he hits!!!! And plus his jersey number is 24 and there is 24 seconds on the shot clock. I hope he reads this and trys it out tonite!!!!! Game 7 Lakers Win back to back titles and this would 5 titles in ten years and kobe’s 5th ring. Sjaq you cant do without him!!! lol.

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/ladymamba24/ Ladymamba24

    YEAH BAAAAAAAABY!!!!!!!! JUST WATCHED THE GAME AGAIN LAST NIGHT AND IT WAS AMAZING!!!!! SIMPLY THE BEST PERFORMANCE BY THE LAKERS IN A WHILE AND I HOPE TONIGHT THEY PLAY EVEN BETTER GO LAKERS!!!!!!!! BLING-BLING!!!

  • tk24

    Tonight is the night my KB24 fans! It’s time to put five rings on kobe’s hand. Let’s do this for L.A. and kobebryant.com

  • lakersk1d

    They are hoisting it right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lakersk1d

    2010 NBA Champions Los Angeles LAKERS!!!!!! 5th RING!!

  • gaye

    Congrats LA LAKERS! GO KOBE!

  • yanniek

    Hee Kobe well done
    congratulations

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/dsl10/ crazy fan of KB24

    congratsssssssssssssss
    i love u kobe
    u r the greates players of all time

  • estgene12

    Job well done kobe……

    the best KLOSER…!!! ♥♥♥

  • italyloveskobe

    Thank you Kobe, thank you Lakers, Italy loves you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Great game, great season, great ring !!!!!!!!!!!! (one of the greatest!!!!!!!)
    Always with the LAKERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!