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.
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.
How long had it been since the Celtics beat the Lakers by 32 in the regular season?— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) January 21, 2020
The Celtics beat the Lakers at the Garden by 36, 114-78 on November 27...1963.
The Celtics' first game after the assassination of President Kennedy.
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.