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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, June 16
No game scheduled. Game 6 of the NBA finals is Tuesday night in Boston.

STAR
Sunday
-Kobe Bryant, Lakers, scored 25 points, including a decisive dunk in the final minute, in a 103-98 win over the Celtics in Game 5 of the NBA finals.

BACK TO BOSTON
Kobe Bryant scored 25 points, including a decisive dunk in the final minute - and Lamar Odom added 20 as the Lakers prevented the Celtics from winning a 17th title with a 103-98 win in Game 5 on Sunday night to close to 3-2 in this restored rivalry. No team has overcome a 3-1 deficit in the finals to win a title. The Lakers will have to win on the Celtics' parquet floor Tuesday night to force a winner-take-all Game 7.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 38 points in a 103-98 loss to the Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA finals on Sunday night. The Celtics lead the series 3-2 with Game 6 in Boston on Tuesday night.

SPEAKING
``We didn't want to see any champagne popping. It wasn't easy. I wouldn't expect it to be.'' - The Lakers' Lamar Odom after a 103-98 win over the Celtics on Sunday night in Game 5 of the NBA finals. The Celtics lead the series 3-2 with Game 6 in Boston on Tuesday night.
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