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What happened to Celtics in Game 1?

LOS ANGELES -- I can describe Boston's Game 1 performance in three words: out of character.

Although we must give the Lakers their due -- Kobe Bryant was brilliant in the third quarter especially; Pau Gasol continued a dominating playoff run of his own; and L.A.'s defense took away a lot of the Celtics' easy looks -- the fact remains that Boston did three things that were completely outside its norm, and those were major factors in the 102-89 loss.