Three takeaways from the Boston Celtics 139-107 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden.
An old rivalry was renewed Monday night at TD Garden between the Boson Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers with a different flavor of course.
With LeBron James now teamed up with Anthony Davis, the Lakers are now the top dog in the Western conference which presented a big-time challenge for the Celtics, who were coming off a three-game losing streak and battling injuries.
Early on in the matchup, it looked like that losing streak was going to extend to four games as the Lakers jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead. But, a deep 3-pointer by Gordon Hayward changed the tide of the game as the Boston Celtics went on to outscore the Lakers by 40 points the rest of the way, eventually winning by 33 with a 139-107 victory.
While Hayward’s shot was big to start off the scoring for the Celtics, Jayson Tatum was again the story. Going up against a tough defensive team, the young shining star continued to show he is capable of taking over a game going 10-for-18 from the floor with a team-high 27 points.
Along with solid performances by Tatum and Hayward, Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker returned to the court and added 20 points apiece, showcasing just how the Boston Celtics team is when everyone is healthy and available.
With the big four showing up and doing their thing against the Los Angeles Lakers, the biggest X-factor of the game was the play of big man Enes Kanter. For one night he put all those needs for a big man to rest by outplaying Anthony Davis. Kanter ended the game with 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, most of which coming in the first half to help the Celtics run out to a big lead.
In all, a big victory by a C’s squad that has gone through two 3-game losing streaks already in January. Now healthy, perhaps it’s time to get back to some consistent winning.