The Boston Celtics celebrated Christmas Day with a remarkable team performance, clinching a 126-115 win against the Los Angeles Lakers. The victory was fueled by an impressive display of teamwork, with all five starters scoring at least 18 points.
Kristaps Porzingis led the charge with 28 points and 11 rebounds, while Jayson Tatum contributed 25 points. Jaylen Brown and Derrick White added 19 and 18 points, respectively, with White also notching 11 assists. Jrue Holiday's 18 points and seven assists further underscored the Celtics' collective effort.
This win continues Boston's impressive run, having secured 12 victories in their last 14 games. “Honestly, we all know that if we push the pace one of us is gonna get a shot. And I feel like when we have that energy...
it just makes everybody do it and do it that much harder,” Holiday commented on the team's cohesive performance.
Lakers' Struggles Despite Davis' Effort
Despite a game-high 40 points and 13 rebounds from Anthony Davis, the Lakers struggled to find their rhythm, marking their sixth loss in the last eight games.
LeBron James added 16 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists, but it wasn’t enough to turn the tide for Los Angeles. “I don’t think we’re healthy right now... For us, we’re still trying to figure our situation out,” James remarked, highlighting the challenges facing the team.The historical significance of the matchup was not lost on fans and players alike, as it marked the third Christmas Day meeting between the two storied franchises, with previous encounters in 1951 and 2008. The Celtics dominated early on, scoring the first 12 points and maintaining a lead as high as 18 in the first quarter.
After briefly losing the lead early in the third quarter, Boston swiftly regained control with a seven-point streak.
Porzingis noted the team's solid performance, saying, “We just did not shoot what we normally shoot from outside.For the Lakers, their superior three-point shooting percentage (40.6%) was overshadowed by numerous mistakes. Coach Darvin Ham cited a range of issues, including transition defense and turnovers, as areas needing improvement.
But other than that, I think we played really well”.
The game also had its tense moments, particularly when Brown and James collided in the second quarter, leading to both players receiving medical attention.