Thursday, May 22
Detroit at Boston (8:30 p.m. EDT). The Celtics have won 15 straight - 9-0 in the postseason - at home, and lead the Eastern Conference finals 1-0.

-Kobe Bryant, Lakers, scored all but two of his 27 points after halftime, including a go-ahead, 10-foot jumper in the lane with 23.9 seconds remaining, and the Los Angeles rallied to beat San Antonio 89-85.

The Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 20-point, third-quarter deficit and stunned San Antonio 89-85 to take Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. The Spurs outscored the Lakers 14-2 to start the third quarter for a 65-45 lead, but Los Angeles held a 24-13 edge over the final 12 minutes, when San Antonio shot 4-of-18. Los Angeles is 52-7 when winning Game 1 in a best-of-seven series.

The Los Angeles Lakers improved to 7-0 in the postseason at Staples Center after rallying to defeat San Antonio 89-85 in the opener of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday night. The Lakers have won 17 of their last 19 Game 1 home playoff games, and 19 of their last 22 home playoff games overall. They haven't lost at Staples Center overall since March 28, which now spans 13 games.

Tim Duncan had 30 points, 18 rebounds and four blocked shots in San Antonio's 89-85 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the opener of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday night.

From the last game of the first-round series against Atlanta to the first game of the Eastern Conference finals against Detroit, Boston's Ray Allen is averaging just nine points on 31 percent shooting. After scoring in single-digits only six times during the regular season, has done it five times in 15 playoff games, including an 0-for-4 in Game 1 of the semifinals against Cleveland - his first shutout since he was a rookie in 1997.

Los Angeles Center Andrew Bynum underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday in New York, but is expected to make a full recovery by the start of training camp next fall. ... Toronto guard Anthony Parker had surgery to repair an injured extensor tendon in the middle finger of his right hand.

Houston assistant coach Elston Turner said he had a first-round interview with Phoenix to replace Mike D'Antoni. The 48-year-old Turner has been an assistant to coach Rick Adelman for 11 years with Portland, Sacramento and Houston.

Former Seattle owner Howard Schultz has added a third claim to a lawsuit that seeks to void the team's 2006 sale to new owners who are planning to move the SuperSonics to Oklahoma City. The Starbucks Corp. chairman has amended his federal court lawsuit to allege that Clay Bennett and his Oklahoma-based partners breached their contract with Schultz and other Sonics owners by not making a realistic and full effort to find a new arena in Western Washington before applying to move the team.

``I expect to be here. In my mind right now I hope to be here unless something crazy happens.'' - Byron Scott on whether he will return to coach New Orleans next season. The NBA coach of the year has the right to buy out the remainder of his contract before 2008-09.
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