Back in January, Big Baby Davis started pining for his nickname to be dropped and nobody listened. After last night, you can start calling him Big Game Davis. Or Big Boy Davis. Or keep calling him Big Baby, for all I care. Either way, he came up big last night and things are all evened up in the NBA Finals as a result. Davis keyed a fourth-quarter Boston rally, scoring nine of his 18 points in the final period to help carry the Celtics to a 96-89 win in Game 4 at TD Garden.
Davis wasn’t the only reserve that helped pull the game in Boston’s favour — a crew of himself, Tony Allen, Nate Robinson and Rasheed Wallace teamed with starter Ray Allen to turn a 64-62 Los Angeles lead early in the fourth into a seven-point Celtics edge, all but killing any momentum Lakers gained from a Kobe Bryant three-point barrage that gave them the lead late in the third. Bryant had his highest scoring game of the Finals with 33, including six threes.
Paul Pierce had the best effort of Boston’s Big Four, scoring 19 — including a late patented elbow jumper to seal it — and adding six boards and five assists. Kevin Garnett had 13 points and six rebounds, Ray Allen 12 and five and my guy Rajon Rondo was quietest of all with 10 points, five boards and just three assists. Pau Gasol had 21 points and six boards for the Lakers.
This is shaping up to be a pretty good little NBA Finals. Pretty, pretty, pretty good. It’s not often we get one of those, either — the Spurs and Pistons went to seven games in 2003-04 (I get the feeling nobody watched that year. Did you? I sure didn’t…), and it was another 10 years before that that it went the distance. Anyway, first things first: Game 5 (of an eventual seven, I’m predicting) goes Sunday at eight in Boston.