SCOREBOARD
Friday, June 13
No game scheduled. Game 5 of the NBA finals is Sunday night in Los Angeles.

STARS
Thursday
- Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, Celtics. Pierce scored 20 points and Garnett added 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead Boston to a 97-91 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

COMEBACK
Boston rallied from a 24-point deficit and beat the Los Angeles Lakers 97-91 on Thursday night in Game 4 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in this history-rich series and move within one victory of a 17th championship that seemed impossible a year ago. No team had overcome more than a 15-point deficit in the first quarter, and Elias Sports Bureau said it was the biggest comeback in the finals since 1971.

STERN DEFENSE
David Stern came to the defense of his beleaguered referees again Thursday, saying they don't manipulate games or engage in other criminal activity. And just to make sure, the NBA will go back and re-interview every single referee about Tim Donaghy's latest allegations of rigged playoff series in 2002 and 2005.

SPEAKING
``I don't want to get overjoyed. I want to go out there to try and win Game 5 on Father's Day and then I'll be able to breathe. Right now, I'm waiting to exhale.'' - Paul Pierce after Boston's 97-91 comeback victory over the Lakers in Game for of the finals on Thursday night. The Celtics rallied from a 24-point deficit to take a 3-1 lead over Los Angeles.

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