The LA Lakers ran out 96-95 winners in a tight affair against rivals Boston Celtics at TD Gardens. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown scored high, but it wasn’t enough.
The Boston Celtics have been criticized over their poor defensive display in recent games and ended that tonight against the current holders. Although they didn’t get the win, they showed the Celtics of old and restricted a tough Lakers team to a one-point win and a low scoring game.
Anthony Davis made his return known with a game-winning performance for the Lakers to end their two-game winless streak. Davis scored 27 points, 14 rebounds and two assists with LeBron James adding 21 points to his sides score.
Celtics had the chance to win it at the end, but Kemba Walker missed his shot and Daniel Theiss couldn’t make up the rebound to give the Celtics a much-needed win. The defeat gives the Celtics their fifth defeat in seven.
Tatum made sure everyone knew he was back by dropping 30 points and team-mate Brown wasn’t far behind with 28. Tatum was asked about competing against James, he said: “I never take those moments, those games, those situations for granted.”
Celtics coach Brad Stevens came out and praised his teams performance. “I thought our guys, especially at the end of the game, the last two minutes, did a great job flying around, did a great job of showing those guys multiple bodies and making it tough.”
The Celtics are back on the road next week against the Golden State Warriors whilst the LA Lakers face the Atlanta Hawks.