Defense leaves Lakers in Game 5

The defending champs broke from their mantra; are now a loss from losing the series

Updated: June 14, 2010, 9:03 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

BOSTON -- The Lakers' countdown to capturing a second consecutive championship came to a jarring halt Sunday night.

After Los Angeles let Boston shoot 56.3 percent from the floor in a 92-86 Game 5 loss, the white board in the visitors locker room was missing the phrase "2 More," which head coach Phil Jackson had written after Games 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals.

Even more conspicuous was the absence of the Los Angeles defense.

"The offensive part of the game kind of comes ...

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