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Thursday, 29 May 2008 23:14
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 SCOREBOARD
Friday, May 30
Boston at Detroit (8:30 p.m. EDT). The Celtics, who are 1-7 on the road this postseason, can advance to the NBA finals with a win over the Pistons.

STARS
Thursday
-Kobe Bryant, Lakers, scored 17 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter and the Lakers beat the Spurs 100-92 to win the Western Conference finals in five games.

FINALS BOUND
Bryant scored 17 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter, and the Lakers rallied from an early 17-point deficit to beat the San Antonio Spurs 100-92 on Thursday night and win the Western Conference finals in five games. The Lakers are 12-3 in the playoffs, including 8-0 at Staples Center, where they haven't lost in two months. They have won 14 straight home games and 21 of their last 24 postseason games at home. They get a week off before opening the NBA finals next Thursday night at Boston or Detroit.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Tim Duncan had 19 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists for the Spurs in a 100-92 loss to the Lakers in the Western Conference finals on Thursday night.

MILESTONE
With 19 points in San Antonio's 100-92 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference finals on Thursday night, Tim Duncan moved into 11th place on the career playoff points list, passing Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor.

FINED
Detroit's Rasheed Wallace was fined $25,000 Thursday by the NBA for using profanity and criticizing the officiating after a playoff game the night before. After the Pistons' 106-102 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, Wallace went on an expletive-laced rant targeting officials Mike Callahan and Kenny Mauer.

SPEAKING
``My heart's still pumping, that adrenaline is still running from the game. Maybe when I sit down and have something to eat, I'll realize what just happened.'' - Lamar Odom, who had 13 points and eight rebounds in the Lakers' 100-92 victory over San Antonio in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night. Los Angeles won the series 4-1 and will take on the either Boston or Detroit for the NBA championship.
 

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