June 17, 2010: Celtics lose NBA title to Lakers in Game 7
The Celtics led the 2010 NBA Finals three games to two, but the Lakers blew Boston out in Game 6 to force a deciding Game 7 at the Staples center in Los Angeles. Things appeared to be going the Celtics' way early, as shots were falling and Boston took a 13-point lead in the third quarter.
But Kobe Bryant led the Lakers back into it at the end of the third quarter, and Los Angeles tied the score 64-64 on Derek Fisher's 3-pointer in the fourth. Then the Lakers slowly edged ahead and stayed there, winning 83-79 and denying Paul Pierce (pictured) and the Celtics a second title in three years.