The NBA Finals begin tonight on ABC. EA Sports thinks it knows who will win the best-of-seven series.
The company used its NBA Live '09 video game to simulate the series (the game hits stores in October). The result gave the Lakers a 4-3 win. The finals MVP was Kobe Bryant, who averaged 29 points and six rebounds.
A recap of each "game."
Game 1: Celtics win 105-99 behind Kevin Garnett (20 points, nine rebounds, four blocks). Bryant (25 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists) leads the Lakers, who shoot 45 percent compared to Boston's 47 percent.
Game 2: L.A. wins 96-90.
Paul Pierce gets 24 points and nine assists, but Bryant offsets that with 30 points on four three-point shots. Both teams shoot 47 percent, but the Lakers get a big Bryant slam in the fourth quarter, gaining a slim lead they don't give up.
Game 3: L.A. 109, Boston 101.
Bryant goes wild for 36 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. The Lakers win easily at home.
Game 4: Boston evens the series with a 91-88 win at Los Angeles. Ray Allen goes for 29 points on six three-point shots. Boston shoots nearly 50 percent from the field.
Game 5: Pao Gasol's 25-point, 12-rebound performance gives the Lakers a 95-92 win, and Los Angeles is up 3-2 -- just one game from glory.
Game 6: Boston forces Game 7 at home with a 98-97 win. Pierce and Bryant both go for 28 points, but Garnett's fade-away jumper in the final seconds gives the Celts the win.
Game 7: Bryant leads the Lakers to the title in a 106-101 win at the Boston Garden. Bryant finishes with 38 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, offsetting a brilliant performance from Garnett (29 points, 10 rebounds, seven blocks).
Bryant scores 29 of his 38 in the second half.