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Gasol made a basket to give L.A. the lead -- its last of the game -- before Allen scored, Davis followed, Allen made another basket and Davis followed with a three-point play that made it 71-64 with 8:22 left.
"They got all the energy points, the hustle points, second chance points, points in the paint, beat us to the loose balls," Bryant said. "I mean, that's how the game turned around."
In all, the Celtics scored 13 of 15 points during a five-minute span when Allen was the only starter on the court, mostly with Davis, Rasheed Wallace, Nate Robinson and Tony Allen. Asked if he was surprised to see his bench extend the lead, Rivers said: "I'm happy. I don't know about surprised."
"We've done that during the season, but this is the finals," Rivers said. "So it's obviously different against such a quality team."
Asked for his team's strategy in stopping the Celtics' bench, Lakers coach Phil Jackson said, "No, I don't want to talk about that."
Davis played along.
"I don't have no comment, either," he said. "If Phil Jackson don't have no comment, then I don't have no comment."
Robinson scored 12 points in 17 minutes as the Celtics' bench outscored the Lakers' 36-18. Ten of L.A.'s bench points came from Lamar Odom, who played 39 minutes after starting center Andrew Bynum tested his sore knee but did not play in the second half.
"We just knew we had to bring our energy, that's the main thing for us," Robinson said of his fellow reserves. "The more energy we bring, the better offensively we are and the better defensively we are."
Ray Allen, who had a record eight 3-pointers in Game 2 and then went 0 for 13 from the field in Game 3, made his first basket but then went cold again, missing his next six shots before snapping out of it. He finished 4 for 11 from the field -- missing all four 3-pointers, but scored 10 points in the second half.
NOTES: The Celtics missed seven shots from inside 5 feet in the first quarter alone. ... Bynum, who is struggling with a knee injury, played 11 minutes in the first half but none in the second. ... The Celtics were 4 of 8 on free throws in the first half but made all 11 in the fourth quarter. They shot 63 percent in the fourth after making just 41 percent in the first half.
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