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His offensive foul led to his fifth 45 seconds into the fourth, when the Celtics outscored the Lakers 31-22. Jackson gambled and kept Bryant in the game. Boston never lured him into a sixth.
An irritated looking Bryant sat down after his fourth foul midway through the third, when he had just two points. He didn't return until the fourth began.
"I wasn't happy with those foul calls. Those were unusual calls," Jackson said. "But he tried to play aggressively. Got called for it. Tried to limit his game a little bit because they were taking charges, and it really changed the complexity of this ballgame. They did a good job on him defensively, no doubt about that."
Bryant wasn't the only Laker on the wrong end of the referees' whistles.
Lamar Odom picked up three fouls in the game's first three minutes and ended up with five fouls and three points.
"I turned to my crew and said, 'Do you think he can play through this?'" Jackson said. "And as I was talking to them, he got his third foul. So obviously he couldn't play through that sequence."
Andrew Bynum also had five fouls in between tying his career playoff high with 21 points and swatting seven blocked shots. Artest fouled out with 47 seconds remaining in the game.
Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 25 points, eight rebounds and six of their finals-record 14 blocked shots.
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