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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Celtics – Game 50 – 2023

Los Angeles Lakers (25-25)  |  Boston Celtics (37-12)


Thursday night from Bean Town, as it was the Lakers vs Celtics. The Lakers were without LeBron James and Anthony Davis against the Celtics. It didn’t matter as Austin Reaves and D’Angelo Russell led the Lakers to a 114-105 win over Boston.


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The Los Angeles Lakers took on the Boston Celtics without superstars Anthony Davis and LeBron James on Thursday night at TD Garden Arena in Boston.

The Lakers had a massive mountain to climb on Thursday night. As if defeating the rival Boston Celtics on the road, where they have lost just two games all year, wasn’t hard enough, the Lakers had to do so without James and Davis.

For the Lakers to pull off the upset, they would have to generate enough offense to keep up with the Celtics, which puts a lot of pressure on the backcourt duo of D’Angelo Russell and Austin Reaves. One of the two, or both, would need to be on the court at all times and not only produce points for themselves but also create for their teammates.

But if the Lakers had any hope of competing against the Celtics, it was going to take a significant effort on the defensive end. Doing so without Davis would be challenging, but Jarred Vanderbilt would set the tone, and the Lakers embraced the scrappiness and dirty work.

The Celtics are a very tough team to shut down. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown remain one of the best duos in the NBA, and Kristaps Porzingis has played at an All-Star level this season. The Celtics were also leading the NBA in 3-pointers made per game and ranking fourth in 3-point percentage.

Despite everything going against them heading into the game, the Lakers put forth their best effort of the season to come away with a 114-105 victory.


Lakers vs Celtics First Quarter:


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Jaylen Brown got off to a hot start for the Celtics with six early points, although the Lakers also had solid energy to start the game. After Austin Reaves connected from deep and Jarred Vanderbilt made a dunk, the Lakers led 11-10.

After a Celtics timeout, the Lakers continued their run with five straight points before Jayson Tatum ended the Celtics drought with a triple.

L.A.’s energy continued, though, as they were creating turnovers and attacking the offensive glass, extending their lead to nine. Sam Hauser got hot for the Celtics to end the quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers, and then Jrue Holiday beat the buzzer to cut the Lakers’ lead to 28-25.


Lakers vs Celtics 2nd Quarter:


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The Celtics continued their run into the second quarter, regaining the lead, although the Lakers then responded with an 8-0 run with Christian Wood and D’Angelo Russell, both connecting from deep.

Although Tatum eventually got going from deep, the Lakers continued pouring it on as Reaves and Russell stayed hot while Max Christie hit a couple. Vanderbilt also got in on the action as he was everywhere on both ends of the floor to give the Lakers a 60-46 lead at the half.

However, Vanderbilt appeared to hurt his leg on a non-contact play at the end of the second quarter.


Lakers vs Celtics 3rd Quarter:


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Vanderbilt was unable to start the third quarter and was ruled out for the night, with Rui Hachimura taking his place.

The Lakers’ strong play continued into the third quarter, with Reaves hitting another three and Jaxson Hayes doing some work inside. Reaves continued his offensive tear in the third quarter, scoring six of the Lakers‘ first eight points, making it clear that the Lakers weren’t going to go away.

However, Boston eventually responded with a 17-7 run, cutting their deficit back to single digits. Russell helped settle the Lakers back in with a couple of nice dimes. After Christie beat the buzzer, the Lakers took a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter at 88-78.


Lakers vs Celtics 4th Quarter:


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While the Celtics scored four straight points to begin the fourth, Hachimura responded with five straight points of his own for the Lakers to force another Boston timeout.

At that point, the Lakers were trying to hang on for dear life as the Celtics started to chip away going into the final few minutes. Unsung heroes like Hayes and Hachimura continued to make big shots for the Lakers, though.

Russell then put the icing on the cake with a big triple late, securing a much-needed win for the Lakers.

The undermanned Lakers went into “The Garden” and pulled off their most impressive win of the year with a 114-105 victory over the Celtics.


The Los Angeles Lakers will now head to New York to take on the Knicks on Saturday, February 3rd, at 5:30 pm PST. Thank you for visiting for your Las Vegas Sports news.


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