So. The Celtics take game 2 of the NBA Finals to even the series 1-1. And in so doing, they've accomplished a couple of firsts.
1) Ray is the first player to make 8 threes in an NBA Finals game, breaking the previous record (7), which he shared with Kenny Smith and Scottie Pippen.
2) The C's handed the Lakers their first home loss in this year's playoffs, behind Ray's hot shooting, Rondo's great all-around play (19 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists), and the C's bench outscoring the Laker bench (Glen Davis, 8 points and 5 offensive rebounds; Rasheed Wallace, 7 points and 7 rebounds; Nate Robinson, 7 points in 6 minutes of play). These things combined helped to offset the huge free-throw-attempt discrepancy in favor of the Lakers, 41-26.
So why am I focused on firsts? Well, because if the C's are gonna win this thing, another first will be involved. As I wrote in a previous post, a Phil Jackson-coached team has never lost a playoff series when they won game 1. So if the C's win it all this year, it'll be the first time a PJ-coached team loses a playoff series where they won game 1.
Now that is a first that I really wanna get.
We went into LA and got what we realistically hoped for: a split. One win down. Three to go.