Staples Center Won't Show Boston NBA Finals Games

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Staples Center won't host an NBA Finals
viewing party as Game 6 of the Lakers and Celtics playoff series
moves to Boston.

The Lakers say the decision not to show upcoming Boston playoff
games was made after a meeting with law enforcement and city
representatives.

The Lakers hung on Sunday night to beat the Celtics 103-98 to send the NBA Finals back to Boston. Game 6 is Tuesday night in Boston with the Celtics leading the best-of-seven series 3-2.

The Lakers organization says in a statement that the decision was made after weighing "concerns for resources needed to ensure the safety of fans" as well as "potential financial burdens on various city departments."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-06-16-08 1316EDT


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