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Lakers Defeat Celtics in Overtime

If Pau Gasol could pick one block of his season as his most important, he would probably pick Thursday night’s against Ray Allen that sealed the win for the Lakers in Boston. L.A. defeated the Celtics for the second time this year 110-109 in overtime in quite the nail-biter. There were some bad calls here and there, but overall, it was a very good game that just happened to see the Celtics on the wrong end of scoreboard.

The Celtics had a few different players that performed exceptionally well. Ray Allen led the way with 22 points just a few hours after he had been named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team. Paul Pierce had 21 points and Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo each added 16. Garnett fouled out after a very controversial call on a loose ball, which, maybe if the call had gone the other way, we might have seen the Celtics win. 

Eddie House got back on track with 16 points and Leon Powe had 10. The Celtics bench really could have used a bigger contribution from Glen Davis who only finished with two points (on his go-ahead jumper late in overtime) after his last few red-hot games.

For the Lakers, there should be no surprise when I say that Kobe Bryant led the way with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Pao Gasol was right behind him with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Lamar Odom added 20 and Derek Fisher had 13. Odom will be key for the Lakers while they try to fill the void left by Andrew Bynum’s injury.

The Celtics hopefully will not fall into another slump like they did after Christmas when the Lakers beat them in L.A. They have quite the road trip ahead of them and need to move past this loss and get back on track if they want to compete with Cleveland and Orlando in the East. The Celtics head to New York Friday night to take on the Knicks.

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3 comments for “Lakers Defeat Celtics in Overtime”

  1. Geoff’s last paragraph accurately reflects the worries of all Celtic fanatics, i.e. will the Celts go into another tailspin after another LA streak-ending victory over our team? The game in NY tonight will probably tell the tale.

    LA did to Boston what Boston did to Philly – winning a game they had no right winning. For the officials to foul out a superstar during crunch time as they did to Garnett for, at best, a pitty pat foul, is just incomprehensible. Once again, a Celtic star gets absolutely no respect. Can you imagine this happening to Kobe or Lebron? Sure.

    Sometimes Doc does things that are inexplicable to me. Where was the hot handed Eddie House late in the fourth quarter when the Celtics desperately needed scoring power? Instead, he pinned his hopes on Big Baby, who was having a dismal night, and kept House and Powe – who was having a terrific night – on the bench. Please explain it to me.

    I’ll say one thing for LA. After butchering their foul shots all night, they made the big ones when they counted. Unfortunately, Pierce missed two key ones in the fourth quarter, either one of which wins the game. So near, and yet so far. Oh well – just win tonight in New York. Please.

    Posted by Ken | February 6, 2009, 7:38 am
  2. Jeez. Kevin Garnett slapped Derek Fisher as he went for the steal. Come on. That deserves a foul. And the Lakers won because of the guys around Kobe. This is the lakers best without Bynum. Not the prettiest 100 point game for LA but this was some of their best basketball. And they did it with a struggling Kobe. Imagine if everyone had a good night?

    Posted by Sircarlos | February 6, 2009, 12:24 pm
  3. In answer to Sircarlos, are you kidding me? The foul on Garnett by Gasol thet precipitated the so called foul by Garnett was much more obvious than the one called on KG, yet Gasol got away with it. Had it been properly called, the foul against KG wouldn’t have been an issue.
    And a “struggling” Kobe? He had a double double with 26 points and 10 rebounds. I believe that’s above his season average in both categories, or pretty darned close. He can’t be expected to score 61 points on a regular basis, and I dare say that despite his many misses, Kobe’s totals would be highly pleasing to most other players.
    If this is the Lakers’ best without Bynum, I say good, let’s see these guys in the finals.

    Posted by Ken | February 6, 2009, 2:57 pm

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