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Boston Celtics

Tip-Off: 7:30PM PST

Friday, February 21, 2014

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

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Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 TOT
BOS 28 18 28 18 92
LAL 19 25 19 38 101
Boston Celtics

Lakers Rally to beat Celtics 101-92

By Joe Resnick Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) MarShon Brooks made his Lakers debut in style, scoring 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter against his former club and leading Los Angeles to a 101-92 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night to help snap a franchise-record eight-game home losing streak.

Kent Bazemore also played his first game for the Lakers two nights after he and Brooks were acquired from the Golden State Warriors for Steve Blake. Bazemore had 15 points, including a pair of clutch 3-pointers less than 2 minutes apart during the final 4:20 as Los Angeles outscored Boston 38-18 in the final period.

Pau Gasol had 16 points and seven rebounds in his first game since Jan. 31 after missing seven games with a groin strain. But teammates Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Xavier Henry and Nick Young were still among the walking wounded. Wesley Johnson, who scored a team-high 24 points in the Lakers' 134-108 loss to Houston on Wednesday, was 0 for 4 during his 23 minutes on the court and made one free throw.
Jeff Green scored 21 points during a foul-plagued 33 minutes for the Celtics, who blew a 13-point third-quarter lead en route to their eighth loss in their last 11 games against the Lakers at Staples Center. Brandon Bass had 20 points.

Rajon Rondo had 11 assists, six points and six rebounds. The four-time All-Star point guard, who tore the ACL in his right knee almost 13 months ago, is averaging 10.2 points and 7.7 assists in 12 games since his return to the lineup on Jan. 17. The Celtics have lost 10 of them.

The Celtics pulled away to a 72-59 lead with 2:48 left in the third quarter, their largest lead to that point, with a 12-2 run capped by Brandon Bass' dunk. But the Lakers opened the fourth with a 13-2 surge, which Brooks helped fuel with eight points, including a fast-break dunk that tied it at 76 with 9:15 to play after he stole the ball from Jerryd Bayless.

The two storied franchises have combined to win 32 championships and have met each other in the finals 12 times - most recently in 2010, when the Lakers beat the Celtics in seven games and avenged Boston's six-game triumph over them two years earlier.

But both teams have experienced a severe reversal of fortune. The Lakers (19-36) are 6-23 since Dec. 21, and the Celtics (19-37) are 7-23 since Dec. 18. Their combined winning percentage of .342 is the lowest since the rivalry began in 1948-49.

Lakers players have missed a combined total of 200 games because of injuries, forcing coach Mike D'Antoni to employ 28 different starting lineups - and six different players at the starting point guard spot. Bryant has played in only six games due to his slow recovery from a torn Achilles tendon

last April, and a fracture in his left knee that occurred on Dec. 17.

Rondo missed Boston's first 40 games, after the Celtics lost Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen to free agency over the summer - and coach Doc Rivers to the Clippers.

Only once have the Celtics and Lakers missed the playoffs in the same season. That was 1993-94, Robert Parish's final season in Boston and Laker great James Worthy's final season in the NBA. Friday was just the fourth time since the Lakers relocated from Minneapolis in 1960-61 that they hosted the Celtics when both teams had losing records. The last time was Feb. 27, 1994, at the Forum, when Boston came in 20-34 and Los Angeles was 19-33. It also happened on Dec. 18, 1977 and Dec. 28, 1969.
NOTES: Lakers team physician Stephen Lombardo examined Bryant, Henry and Young at halftime. Bryant still has pain, swelling and soreness in his knee and will be re-evaluated in three weeks. Henry has been given clearance to resume basketball activities on Saturday, and Young got the green light to play Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets. ... The last time these teams met, the Celtics had a season-high 34 assists and a season-low eight turnovers. Young missed that game because of a one-game suspension he received for shoving Alex Len and throwing a punch at Goran Dragic during a loss at Phoenix. ... The Lakers are Brooks' fifth NBA club and third this season. He played 10 games with the Celtics this season before he was dealt to the Warriors on Jan. 15 in a three-team trade that brought Joel Anthony to Boston.

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Game Notes

2013-14 Season Series: The Lakers dropped Boston in the first meeting of the season

in the second game of their annual “Grammy Trip.”

All-Time Series Notes: Los Angeles split the 2012-13 season series with Boston 1-1
… The year prior, the Lakers swept the season series with the Celtics 2-0 ... The
Lakers last lost a season series to the Celtics in 2007-08 (0-2) and have lost just one
other season series since the 1999-2000 season (2001-02) ... The two teams have
met 188 times since the Lakers moved to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 season
with Los Angeles trailing the series 88-100 ... Including their time in Minneapolis, the
Lakers and Celtics have met 279 times in all with Boston leading the all-time series
154-125 …

Connections: Lakers G MarShon Brooks was drafted by the Celtics 25th
overall in the 2011 NBA Draft and played 10 games with Boston to begin the 2013-14 season before being traded to
Golden State… Celtics F Brandon Bass and Lakers C Robert Sacre were both born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana … Sacre and Celtics C Kelly Olynyk played together at Gonzaga during the 2010-
11 season, and both were raised in British Columbia, Canada … Celtics G Keith Bogans played for current Lakers assistant Johnny Davis, when Davis was head coach of the Orlando Magic
during the 2003-04 season ... Davis also coached Celtics G Jerryd Bayless while an assistant on the Toronto Raptors during the 2011-12 season … Bogans and Celtics F Kris Humphries were
teammates with Lakers G’s Brooks and Jordan Farmar on the New Jersey Nets during the 2011-12 season ... Humphries and Farmar also played together during the 2010-11 season ... Celtics
assistant coach Walter McCarty played under Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni on the Phoenix Suns for part of the 2004-05 season, and played with Lakers C Chris Kaman on the Los Angeles
Clippers during the 2005-06 season … Lakers G Kobe Bryant, F Pau Gasol and Farmar played against Celtics G Rajon Rondo in the 2008 and 2010 NBA Finals series.

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Game Leaders

  LAL   BOS  
Pau Gasol
pts Jeff Green
Jordan Hill
reb Dwight Howard
Kendall Marshall
ast Rajon Rondo

Game Starters

  LAL   BOS  
Kendall Marshall g Rajon Rondo
Jodie Meeks g Gerald Wallace
Pau Gasol c Jared Sullinger
Ryan Kelly f Brandon Bass
Wesley Johnson f Jeff Green


Injury Report - LAKERS

  • Kobe Bryant:
    (fractured left knee) is out
  • Xavier Henry:
    (right knee bone bruise) is out
  • Nick Young:
    (left knee fracture and bone bruise) is out
  • Steve Nash:
    (knee irritation) is doubtful

Injury Report - CELTICS

  • Avery Bradley:
    (ankle) is oute
  • Vitor Faverani:
    (knee) is out

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