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Scouts Inc. breakdown: Lakers vs. Celtics, Game 6

Updated: June 17, 2008, 6:26 PM ET
By David Thorpe | Scouts Inc.

David Thorpe's take

The Lakers did what they had to do in Game 5.

After jumping out to a big, early lead, they held on to earn a trip back to Boston. But little from that game can be carried over because the Lakers still struggled with much of what the Celtics threw at them. Now add a wildly energetic crowd with a team so hungry for a title, and L.A.'s only chance to force a Game 7 is to put together its best effort of the season on both ends of the floor.

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