4:11 PMLakers 113, Celtics 99: Feb. 20
Below is a running diary of L.A.’s Wednesday evening contest against Boston, with some comments drawn from our @LakersReporter Twitter account, and a few more details in case you missed any of the action:
3:00 The great energy continued for the Lakers, who rolled off a 10-0 run to take control of the game, the lead pushing to 27-19 when Steve Nash pulled up for a jump shot on Howard’s first assist. Dwight had amassed 10 points, six boards, a block, a steal and that dime in just eight minutes, perhaps showing his appreciation for the comments from Mitch Kupchak. The lead was nine after one at 36-27, thanks mostly to terrific effort on both ends from the home team.
1:52 The second triple from World Peace got him to 4 of 8, a big key for the Lakers since Metta had been above 50 percent from the field only twice in 2013. Boston had trimmed the lead to five, but the fifth LAL triple restored a double-digit lead at 60-50. Nash had it working on offense, meanwhile, dropping five of his six attempts for 12 points to match Kobe (3 of 8, 6 of 7 free throws). At the break, the lead would be nine, behind four starters in double figures and a 28-19 edge on the glass. Los Angeles native Pierce kept the Celtics around with a great individual half, hitting 9 of 15 shots for 23 points.
2:50 Bryant and Nash continued the collective passing clinic of a third quarter, combining for seven of their 12 to keep the Lakers up 18 at 85-67. Amidst the dimes, Nash became the fourth greatest passer in the history of the NBA, feeding Jamison for a baseline bucket. Pretty incredible, as he passed his idol Magic Johnson, with only Mark Jackson, Jason Kidd and John Stockton above him. Boston got a mini-run going to cut the lead to 14 heading into the final quarter, but L.A. remained in control.
4:26 If the game were in any doubt (it wasn’t), Nash dished consecutive dimes to Clark, pushing the latter’s double-double to 14 points with a career-high 15 boards (L.A. was dominating that category 47-31) and keeping the lead at 20 (108-88). The seven assists for Nash matched those of Bryant, who had returned for a few minutes when Boston trimmed the lead to just 16 near the six-minute mark.
0:00 It was, without question, a victory Dr. Buss could be proud of. Lakers 113, Celtics 99.
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