Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers ran out of time Sunday night.
Perhaps their amazing fourth-quarter comeback will give them hope on their home court beginning Tuesday night in Game 3.
Bryant scored 13 of his 30 points in the last 7:40 as the Lakers erased all but two points of a 24-point deficit before losing to the Boston Celtics 108-102 in Game 2 of the NBA finals.
Only three teams have ever recovered from the 2-0 deficit Los Angeles faces to win the finals. But the teams are scheduled for the next three games at Staples Center, where the Lakers are 8-0 in the postseason and have won 14 straight since last losing March 28th.
Bryant shot 11 for 23 in Game 2 and also had 5 of his eight assists in the fourth quarter.
In Game 2, Pierce hurt the Lakers
This time, Paul Pierce picked up his teammates.
One game after being carried off the floor following a scary-looking knee injury, the Celtics forward scored 28 points to lead Boston to a 108-102 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers and a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals.
Pierce hit a pair of free throws with 23 seconds left after Los Angeles cut a 24-point deficit to just two points, 104-102. The Lakers tried a quick 3-pointer, but Pierce partially blocked the Sasha Vujacic shot to protect the lead.
Pierce also had eight assists and four rebounds.
In the series opener, Pierce was carried off the floor by teammates after suffering a knee injury. He returned to play.
But in Game 2 the only one Pierce was hurting was the Lakers.