Kobe skewered Boston's defense in the second half, sealing the Lakers' win.
Not even the Melodrama could tarnish the importance of Lakers-Celtics.
Pau Gasol fell back into his old habits by letting the Celtics push him around.
In the final analysis, Lakers-Celtics will still be decided by the big men.
Andrew Bynum tweaked his injured knee and left Tuesday's Finals game against the Celtics.
The Boston coach says the Lakers guard is also one of the best charge takers in the league.
Lakers reserve guard Sasha Vujacic will sit out at least two weeks after suffering a sprained right shoulder.
The Lakers finally lost without injured Kobe Bryant and there are lessons.