On Tuesday, the Celtics defeated Lakers 122-118 after overtime in one of the wildest NBA games. The game shouldn’t have been very noteworthy considering Boston was leading by 20 at halftime. However, it was due to LeBron James Anthony Davis.
Between the third and fourth quarters, the Lakers’ twin stars led their team to a 32-5 run that gave them a lead of double-digits with just a few more minutes. The Crypto.com Arena was rocking but the team was unfortunately gassed.
The Celtics responded by making their own comeback and eventually falling two points behind. After 45 seconds, the Lakers had possession, but Davis missed two free throws, leaving the door open to one. Jayson Tatum Send the game to overtime
Overtime saw a smaller Celtics return. Four points were scored by the Lakers thanks to back-toback baskets. Russell WestbrookThen, he watched as the Celtics scored on four consecutive possessions to gain a 119-114 advantage they would never lose.
Tatum scored 44 points on 15 of 29 shooting (including 10-of-10 from deep), and had nine rebounds as well as six assists. This was Tatum’s second game for the MVP campaign. Jaylen Brown Scored 25 points, 15 boards, five assists, and three steals.
James scored 33 points, had nine rebounds, and nine assists while Davis scored 37 points and had 12 rebounds.
Although it seems strange to declare a game a must win for the team with the best NBA record, the Celtics were coming off two consecutive losses. One was an embarrassing loss in the same arena against The. Los Angeles Clippers. A loss to Lakers, now at 11-16, could have been a mini-panic, after a great start to the season.
Instead, the Lakers are left looking for answers. Although the Celtics were clearly the favorite, the fatigue displayed by the veteran team down the stretch must have raised some questions among those who believe that Los Angeles could experience a mid-season surge.