Amidst rumors at last season’s trade deadline, the Celtics were also on an epic west coast road trip, but they had just won two games in a row. Many viewed the Celtics strong play after last season’s All-Star break as an emphatic statement that Paul Pierce and crew wanted to keep the band together for one more run.
Fast forward 11 months and the rumors are the same, but the Celtics performance is different. Pierce scored 26 points, but the Celtics had no way to slow down Dwight Howard in a 113-99 loss to the Lakers Wednesday night at Staples Center.
Howard finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds in what was one of his most aggressive performances of the season. Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant combined for 30 points and 14 assists, and were two of seven Lakers to score in double figures.
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