Celtics Embarrass Lakers, 116-95
In the latest episode of the historic rivalry between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, it was the Celtics who emerged victorious in a 116-95 blowout at the TD Garden, giving them their sixth straight win since losing star point guard Rajon Rondo for the year.
Boston and Los Angeles have had similar seasons thus far, both having mediocre first halves and both teams being surrounded with numerous injuries and trade rumors.
Dwight Howard, who had missed the past three games, returned to the lineup against Boston as teammates, like Kobe Bryant, questioned his mental toughness and ability to play through injury. Howard ended his day with 9 points, 9 rebounds and four turnovers before fouling out of the game with five minutes left in the fourth.
Other than Kobe Bryant, the Laker offense was stagnate and if it was not for his 27-point effort, the score wouldn’t have even been as close as it was. Bryant helped the Lakers stay in the game all the way up until the third quarter when it was still a somewhat manageable 72-61 Boston lead. Then all of a sudden Boston erupted, and went on a 23-8 run going into the fourth quarter with a 26-point lead.
From that point on, the Celtics easily Gino-danced their way to an easy victory against their storied rivals.
Last night, Boston displayed the definition of team basketball with nine players recording at least once assist. Jeff Green and Jason Terry both had fantastic games off the bench, scoring 19 and 15 points respectively.
However, Kevin Garnett stole the show in the second quarter as he scored his 25,000th point in his hall-of-fame career with an 11-foot jumper at 8:08 left in the second quarter. KG is now the only player in NBA history with at least 25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 5,000 assists, 1,500 blocks and 1,500 steals.
Even amidst all the trade rumors, KG has helped the Celtics face tremendous adversity from critics and fans saying that Boston is too old and GM Danny Ainge should consider blowing up the team to acquire young assets for the future.
According to an ESPNBoston.com article in regards to all the trade rumors, Garnett said, “On a last note, I just want to say that I love my situation here, I don’t know what y’all sources or whoever’s making up these bull—- — articles about me getting traded to Denver and all these other places. But I bleed green and I continue to do that. And if it’s up to me, then I’m going to retire a Celtic. So I just want everybody to know that, alright?”