(Photo: Lakers’ Twitter account @Lakers)
The Boston Celtics got out the gates quickly in Friday’s night game against the Los Angeles Lakers, getting up 25 to 9 at one point in the 1st quarter and they never looked back, winning easily 113 to 96.
The Celtics were led by Rajon Rondo who was aggressive all night in setting up his teammates, primarily Tyler Zeller who had a career night. Zeller finished with 24 points on a near perfect 10 for 11 from the field; he also grabbed a game high 14 rebounds.
Rondo finished with a superb all-around game, scoring 12 points, dishing out 16 assists and falling just 2 rebounds short of a triple-double with 8.
The Lakers couldn’t get anything going offensively and were thoroughly beat in just about every area of the game by the Celtics. The Lakers shot 41.3 percent from the field to the Celtics 51.1 percent. The Celts dominated the Lakers on the boards, 54 to 38 and an area where they have struggled all year, points in the paint, they scored 54 points to the Lakers 46 in the paint. The Celtics lapped the Lakers in fastbreak points on the night, scoring 27 to the Lakers 7 points.
“Just didn’t show a lot of energy to start the game,” Byron Scott said about his teams play on the night. “They moved the ball a lot better than we did.”
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers once again in scoring, finishing with a team high 22 points on 9 for 21 from the field.
“It’s an up and down thing for us in terms of how we play,” Bryant said. “Frustration is good. You have to be able to use your frustration in the right way and channel it to have good performances.”
The 22 points from Bryant gets him closer to reaching Micheal Jordan for 3rd on the NBA All-Time scoring list and the Lakers twitter account was on top of it.
Getting closer… pic.twitter.com/HDLXAxEzcf
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 6, 2014
The Lakers have two games at home before going on the road to play the San Antonio Spurs on Friday which is where he will likely reach the milestone. If Bryant was to achieve the feat at home he would need to average 38.5 in the next 2 games which isn’t outside the realm of possibility, but highly unlikely considering how he’s been playing so far this season.
Nick Young led the Lakers’ reverses with 16 points off the bench but was not to happy after the game.
Nick Young asked what happened tonight. Says "I don't know" a few times and then walks away from reporters and exits locker room.
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) December 6, 2014
The Lakers got very little from their starting forwards Carlos Boozer and Wesley Johnson who combined to score 2 points on 1 for 11 shooting from the field.
Byron Scott has hinted at possible changes to the starting line-up and after Friday night’s loss he informed reporters after game it’s time.
Byron promised changes to the starting lineup Sunday vs. nola. Has hinted at them for a week. Said it's time.
— Bill Oram (@billoram) December 6, 2014
The loss drops the Lakers to a woeful 5-15 on the season which ranks 14th in the Western Conference. The Lakers finish their 3 game road trip at 1-2 and will host Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.