In one of the worst NBA games of the season, the Celtics beat the Lakers 122-118 in overtime on Tuesday. It shouldn’t have been the most remarkable game considering Boston was up by 20 points midway through the third quarter, but thanks for that. LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
The Lakers’ twin stars led their team on a 32-5 run between the third and fourth quarters to take a double-digit lead with just minutes left. Crypto.com Arena was rocking, but the team was unfortunately gassed.
The Celtics responded with a comeback of their own, eventually finding themselves two points down. With about 45 seconds left, the Lakers had the ball, but a pair of brutal free throw misses by Davis left the door open. Jayson Tatum To send the game to overtime:
Overtime saw a minor Celtics comeback. The Lakers went up by four points with back-to-back baskets Russell WestbrookThey then watched the Celtics score on four straight possessions to take a 119-114 lead.
Tatum continued his early MVP campaign with 44 points on 15-of-29 shooting (5-of-10 from deep) with nine rebounds and six assists. Jaylen Brown 25 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Meanwhile, James had 33 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, while Davis had 37 points and 12 rebounds.
It’s strange to call a team with the NBA’s best record a must-win game, but the Celtics are coming off two straight losses, one in the same arena as an embarrassment. Los Angeles Clippers. A loss for the Lakers, now 11-16, would have sparked a minor panic after a nightmare start to the season.
Instead, the Lakers are looking for answers. The Celtics were clearly favored, but that should pose some uncomfortable questions for those hoping for a midseason surge in Los Angeles.