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The world will be watching tonight as the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers go toe-to-toe in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. After a stunning performance in Game 6, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers squad look to win the championship at home; but, standing in their way will be a Celtics team that wants to redeem itself from the embarrassing blow out that was Tuesday night. The final score from Game 6 was 89-67, Boston’s performance the second lowest final score in NBA Finals history.

In Game 6, Bryant scored 26 points for LA, while Pau Gasol accounted for 17 points and 13 rebounds. Ron Artest added 15 points in the rout. Ray Allen led Boston with 19 points, but for the most part, the Celtics were just not sharp. They were out rebounded and outplayed and were manhandled by the Lakers’ defense.

“”I was very happy,” Bryant said. “”We did a great job defensively. We kept them out of the middle, kept them out of the paint, did a good job on the boards. It was a solid effort by us.”

Lakers coach Phil Jackson said, “”Our defense was good, our rebounding was better.”

After the loss, Allen offered his take on the Celtics collapse. “”We didn’t get in any rhythm early, and it affects our chemistry,” said the Boston guard. “We have to do a better job next game.”

Coverage of Game 7 begins at 8:30 p.m. ET tonight on ABC. Watch a preview here:

Video from espn.com