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Celtics inflict rare home defeat on Lakers to draw level in NBA finals

The Boston Celtics beat the L.A. Lakers to level up the NBA finals at one game each
The Boston Celtics beat the L.A. Lakers to level up the NBA finals at one game each
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Boston Celtics beat L.A. Lakers 103-94 in the second match of the NBA finals to level series
  • Ray Allen scored 32 points and a record eight three-pointers for the Celtics
  • Kobe Bryant scored 21 for Lakers, but was troubled with fouling throughout the match
  • Chicago beat Philadelphia 7-4 in fifth game of Stanley Cup ice hockey finals

(CNN) -- Defending champions the L.A. Lakers are hoping to bounce back in the third game of the NBA finals series after suffering a first home defeat since the end of last season, losing 103-94 to the Boston Celtics on Sunday night.

"No doubt it's a blow to lose the home-court, but we anticipated this might happen," L.A. coach Phil Jackson told the Lakers' official Web site after the Celtics leveled the best-of-seven series at 1-1. "We're just going to have to go pick it up."

The Lakers recorded an impressive home victory in the first game on Thursday night, but the Californians could not follow that up as they lost at home for the first time since last season's Western Conference playoff finals.

The next three matches of the series will take place in Boston, with the East Coast team hoping to use their advantage to reclaim the title they last won back in 2008.

In what was a close second-round match, Ray Allen scored 27 of his 32 points in the first half of the game and achieved a record eight three-pointers to help the Celtics to victory.

The Celtics did a good job, really executed and had a good game plan
--Lakers center Pau Gasol
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Teammate Rajon Rondo scored 19 points, 10 of which were in the last quarter, putting the New England team firmly ahead with just over three minutes to go.

"I'm just really proud of all of them," Celtics coach Doc Rivers told the official NBA Web site.

"Rondo was unbelievable. He made the big shot -- he just did a lot of things, the blocked shots, the steals. He was special."

Despite having suffered with a knee injury in the last week, Andrew Bynum scored 21 points for the Lakers. Kobe Bryant also scored 21, but was troubled with fouling throughout the match, picking up his fifth foul early in the final quarter.

Kevin Garret and Lamar Odom also spent time on the bench for the Lakers, with Odom spending just under 15 minutes on the court and scoring just three points for the team.

"It's a disappointing loss for our club," Pau Gasol, who scored a team-high 25 points for the Lakers, told his team's official Web site.

"The Celtics did a good job, really executed and had a good game plan. We definitely need to make sure we hustle a little more; they got to the ball a lot of times quicker than we did."

Meanwhile, in the Stanley Cup ice hockey finals, the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-4 in the fifth round on Sunday.

The Blackhawks now lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, and are just one win away from the team's first Stanley Cup victory since 1961.