Five hundred Los Angeles Laker fans swarmed the Hollywood Billiards Sports Bar & Grill on Thursday night to watch Kobe Bryant and the boys take on Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics in game 1 of a best-of-seven series. The famous rivals were squaring off in the NBA finals for the 11th time and first since 1987.

The Lakers lost 88-98 but that didn't dampen the spirits of the true blue Lakers fans. Game 2 is on Sunday at 6 pm.

Go Lakers!!

The Hollywood Billiards is the unofficial NBA playoff headquarters in Hollywood for the next week.

Lakers Fan Dulce Castaneda, who was accompanied by a handful of friends, arrived early to get first dibs on seating.

Lakers fans Johnny Martinez and Ronald Solis show their support for the team.

Amanda and Iris take in the game while munching on bar snacks.

There were traffic delays on Hollywood Boulevard because of Lakers pandemonium. Over 200 cars were parked by six valet parkers.

The lot filled up in minutes.

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