Lakers Vs. Celtics: Celtics Lead By Four After First Quarter

Paul Pierce has five points, a team-high four rebounds and a pair of assists as the Boston Celtics have opened up a four-point lead over the Los Angeles Lakers after the first quarter of tonight's game at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Celtics have also gotten five points from guard Ray Allen and forwards Mickael Pietrus and Brandon Bass have combined for 10 points off the bench, including six from Pietrus on two-of-three shooting from beyond the arc.

A one-point game midway through the first quarter, the Celtics opened up a nine-point lead on three free throws by Pierce, a three-pointer by Pietrus and a layup by Rajon Rondo. The Lakers responded with an 8-3 run in the final 1:31 of the quarter.

Kobe Bryant has a game-high seven points, with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum chipping in with six points apiece.

For more on the C's, visit SB Nation Boston and CelticsBlog. For more on the Lakers, visit SB Nation L.A. and Silver Screen And Roll.

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