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This wild stat perfectly sums up Celtics' historic beatdown of Lakers

This wild stat perfectly sums up Celtics' historic beatdown of Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers suffered their worst loss of the season Tuesday night when the Boston Celtics crushed their rivals 139-107 at TD Garden.

The Lakers entered the game with nine wins in their previous 10 games, as well as the NBA's best road record at 18-3. Los Angeles even jumped out to an 8-0 lead over Boston, making it look like the C's were headed for a fourth consecutive loss.

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The Celtics recovered nicely and took a 14-point halftime lead before blowing the game wide open in the third quarter. Boston outscored L.A. 70-52 in the second half, thus handing the Lakers their worst regular season loss to the Celtics in more than 50 years.

The above stat does not include the playoffs, but if you did include those games, Monday night's defeat was the Lakers' worst against the Celtics since Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals when Boston clinched its 17th championship with a 39-point victory.

Monday's win came at a perfect time for the Celtics. They haven't played particularly well of late, winning just four of their last 10 games and dealing with injuries to multiple star players. This victory did highlight how well the Celtics are capable of playing with a healthy roster, and now their challenge is executing at that level on a more consistent basis.

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How Tremont Waters fared for Maine Red Claws vs. Lakeland Magic

How Tremont Waters fared for Maine Red Claws vs. Lakeland Magic

With Tacko Fall out due to a toe injury, Tremont Waters was the center of attention for the Maine Red Claws on Thursday night.

Unfortunately for Maine, Waters was unable to propel them to victory as they fell to the Lakeland Magic, 106-103.

It was a rather inefficient day for Waters, as the Boston Celtics rookie had 14 points on 5-for-17 shooting to go along with 11 turnovers.

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He did provide a few nice highlights, though, which you can watch below:

With Waters struggling, it was Bryce Brown leading the way for the Red Claws with 27 points and 5 rebounds.

Waters and the Red Claws will look to bounce back Saturday at 7 p.m. with a home matchup against the Erie Bayhawks.

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Kemba Walker explains keeping No. 8 to honor Kobe Bryant: 'We want to keep his legacy going'

Kemba Walker explains keeping No. 8 to honor Kobe Bryant: 'We want to keep his legacy going'

Whenever Kemba Walker looks down at the No. 8 on his jersey, he'll be reminded of the Mamba Mentality.

While others in the NBA switched their jersey numbers in the wake of Kobe Bryant's tragic death, Walker instead decided to honor the Los Angeles Lakers legend by keeping his No. 8. The Boston Celtics guard spoke with ESPN's Rachel Nichols about what it means to wear that number going forward.

"Now, that number means even more. So every time I step on the court, I just want to give 100 percent for him," Walker told Nichols. "That's my goal for the rest of the year and for the rest of my career."

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In the immediate aftermath of Bryant's passing, Walker considered a number change. Evidently, he decided the best way for him to honor Bryant was to continue wearing No. 8 while putting 100-percent effort into every game, just as Kobe would.

"I had a talk about it with some close people in my circle," Walker said. "I definitely thought about giving it up but then I thought, I think Kobe would want me and allow me to wear it. We want to keep his legacy going. I know of a few of us that's kept it. We're all just going to go out there and do what we can to play as hard as possible for Kobe."

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In 46 games this season, Walker has averaged 21.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 5.0 assists while earning his fourth All-Star selection.

A knee injury has kept Walker out of commission for the last few games, but the Celtics are hopeful they'll have him back in the lineup sooner rather than later.

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