Keys to the Game

Keys to the Game: Celtics 115, Lakers 95

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Box Score Nuggets
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Key Moment

Remember when Friday night’s matchup between the Celtics and the Lakers was close?

Yeah, we don’t either. It didn’t last very long.

Boston led by only two points at the 7:07 mark of the first quarter but quickly blew this one open. Two points increased to five, and then to seven, and then to nine, and then to 10, all in the next two-plus minutes.

The C’s never looked back from there.

Amir Johnson made the first bucket of the run, a 3-pointer from straight away and the second of his two 3-pointers during the first quarter. He followed his trey up with a dunk off of dish from Isaiah Thomas. Thomas then pushed the lead to nine with his own bucket, a driving layup with 4:50 left in the period.

Julius Randle did score a basket for Los Angeles on its next possession but Boston answered back with another punch 15 seconds later. Jae Crowder took advantage of Randle’s gamble for a steal at the other end by ripping through and pulling up from straight away for a 3-pointer to push Boston’s lead to 10.

The C’s lead never dropped below seven the remainder of the night and it swelled all the way up to 31 as they ran away with a blowout win.

Yes, the Lakers had an opportunity to win this game, but that opportunity was brief.

Key Player

Jaylen Brown had himself a night Friday in LA. Not only did he come off of Boston’s bench to score 16 points and grab a game-high eight rebounds, but he also put on a show with multiple highlight-reel finishes.

Brown put on a show with two loud slam dunks. One came off of a baseline spin during the first quarter, and the second arrived after Isaiah Thomas tossed him an alley-oop off the backboard during the second half.

His top play, however, wasn’t even a dunk. Brown caught an attempted alley-oop from Avery Bradley midway through the fourth quarter but had to turn it into a circus shot because the pass was so high. The rookie rose high into the air, grabbed the ball with his right hand and then switched it to his left hand as his momentum took him behind the basket. Brown used his left hand to lay the ball off of the backboard and in, all while being fouled.

This was an efficient night for No. 7, who hit seven of his 13 field goal attempts and two of his three free throws. He did all of this in less than 23 minutes of action.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Boston scored 35 points during both the first and the second quarters.
  • All five of Boston's starters finished with a plus/minus rating of at least plus-18.
  • The C's outrebounded the Lakers 46-34.
  • Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 18 points and a game-high eight assists.
  • Jaylen Brown grabbed a game-high eight rebounds while also scoring 16 points off the bench.
  • Jordan Clarkson scored a game-high 20 points.
  • Both teams scored at least 50 points in the paint.
  • Los Angeles shot only 42.5 percent from the field.
  • Seven Celtics dished out at least three assists.
  • Marcus Smart grabbed a game-high four steals.
  • Brandon Ingram, the No. 2 pick in the Draft, did not score a point.

Quote of the Night

I know he was online already probably looking at it.

Avery Bradley on Jaylen Brown's highlight, hand-switching layup.

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