(NECN: Boston, Mass.) - It was not a sweet homecoming for the Boston Celtics, losers of Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
Boston quickly jumped out to a 12-5 lead, propelled by Kevin Garnett's best performance -- he scored 25 points -- in this series. But the Los Angeles Lakers gained their composure and built a 17-point first half lead.
By the halfway point in the fourth quarter, the Celtics had closed the gap to one point -- without the help of Game 2 hero Ray Allen, who scored just two points on 0-for-13 shooting from the field.
Though the Lakers seemed to leave the door open for the Celtics throughout the second half, they made the big shots down the stretch and regained home court advantage with a 91-84 win.
Games 4 and 5 will be played at the TD Garden, but this series will need to return to the Staples Center if the Celtics have designs on taking the championship.
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