The Boston Celtics didn’t waste much time putting to rest thoughts of them taking the Los Angeles Lakers for granted.
The Celtics led by as many as 10 points in the first quarter before taking a 70-45 lead into the half. Boston’s 70 points set a new season high for points scored in the first half.
Los Angeles jumped out to a 7-2 lead only for Boston to bounce back with a 12-3 run capped off by an Isaiah Thomas 3-pointer that put Boston ahead 14-10.
As the game wore on, Boston’s control of the game only increased.
The Lakers rank among the worst defensive teams in the NBA, and the Celtics took advantage by simply moving the ball – a strength of the Celtics – while taking whatever the defense gave them.
And on Friday night, the Lakers gave the Celtics pretty much anything they wanted offensively.
Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of Friday night’s game against the Lakers.
It’s good to be home I suppose. The Los Angeles native had an extremely strong showing in the first half, scoring 11 points along with four assists, two steals and two rebounds.
Slowly but surely, the Celtics’ leading scorer took over and delivered one big shot after another. He led all players at the half with 13 points on 4-for-8 shooting along with five assists.
The points came early for Russell who had nine points on 4-for-6 shooting with three rebounds and two assists.
He really set the tone offensively for the Celtics, tallying 10 first-half points – all coming in the first quarter. He also grabbed five rebounds.
He made some nice moves cutting to the basket, and looks more like the rebounding force he was prior to the Achilles injury. At the half, he has eight points along with four rebounds.
He had a solid first half for the Lakers, tallying nine points to go with four rebounds and two assists.
Lots of good things happened while Horford was on the floor, for him and the Celtics. He had nine points on 4-for-8 shooting with two rebounds and two assists.
With Lou Williams traded, Clarkson has more opportunities than ever to jumpstart the Lakers offense. At the half, he is scoreless after having missed all six of his shots from the field.