The LA Lakers hosted the Boston Celtics in what is already being regarded as the best game of the regular season thus far. This back and forth affair of high intensity and a raucous Laker crowd had all the makings of an instant regular season classic. The conference leading Lebron James and Anthony Davis led Los Angeles Lakers came out victorious against the Kemba Walker-less Boston Celtics in a 114-112 battle.
The stand out performers this game for the Lakers were none other than Lebron and Anthony Davis. Combined they went for 61 points, 21 rebounds, and 12 assists. Down the stretch, these two did not disappoint making huge timely, go-ahead baskets to keep the Lakers in the lead going into the final seconds. Off the bench, Rajon Rondo made a huge impact defensively recording an impressive 5 steals. Also, the play of Kyle Kuzma cannot go unrecognized. He put up 16 points as well as had the best +/- of anyone on the court of either team of +17. Although it is evident that Lebron and Anthony Davis are the two top dogs of the team, the performance of the depth of this team is going to be the difference in whether or not they are going to secure a championship this season. That depth starts with Kuzma. When he plays to his potential, the Lakers are unstoppable.
Boston gave the Lakers all they could handle in this one and that started with their all-star Jayson Tatum. The 76ers and the Lakers must be punching the air right now knowing he could have been on their teams. He put on an amazing performance against one of the best defensive squads in the league. He scored 41 points going 12/20 from the field and 13/15 from the free-throw line. He stepped up huge offensively in Kemba’s absence. Jaylen Brown played his role well as the 2nd offensive option with 20 points and did great work defensively with 3 steals. The breakout performer of the evening for the Celtics was Daniel Theis. He had a huge input with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Performances like that will only keep putting separation between him and Enes Kanter for that starting role.
Although each of the starters on Boston finished with double-digits, not a single member of their bench were able to do the same. Coach Stevens has been electing to give Brad Wanamaker backup PG minutes over rookie Carsen Edwards. Edwards, who was a lethal scorer in college has yet to grab hold of the backup guard position in Boston and perhaps his time might be coming sooner rather than later. Wanamaker finished with 2 points and his +/- was -11 and was -12 against the Clippers two games ago. His inability to step up in big games recently could be a cause of concern for Boston moving forward, especially with Kemba Walker being injured.
The Lakers take on the emerging New Orleans Pelicans tomorrow nightin a highly anticipated matchup between Lebron and Zion Williamson. The current Eastern Conference 3-seed look to rebound after this heartbreaking loss, as they take on the Portland Trail Blazers tomorrow night.
Here are the full game highlights from the game:
Follow us on Twitter @jpowerindex
Follow us on Instagram @jpowerindex