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Deputies boost patrols in East L.A. after Lakers beat Celtics

June 17, 2010 |  9:03 pm

Hundreds of extra Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies have been deployed along Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles to help prevent violence after the Lakers' 83-79 victory Thursday night over the Boston Celtics.

Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker said there had been no arrests reported during the game but that Whittier Boulevard between Eastern and Garfield avenues would be closed to vehicle traffic until the post-game festivities ended.

"Our role is to keep the peace and to assist in ensuring that people celebrate appropriately," Parker said.

Earlier, bus service along Whittier Boulevard near Atlantic Boulevard had been halted due to the street closures.

-- Andrew Blankstein