Rapid Reaction: Lakers 101, Celtics 92
February, 22, 2014
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com
LOS ANGELES -- Rapid reaction after the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics 101-92 on Friday night at Staples Center:
THE nitty-gritty: MarShon Brooks exacted revenge on his former team by scoring 10 fourth-quarter points as the Lakers rallied from a 13-point deficit over the final 15 minutes. Brooks, playing his first game for Los Angeles, scored 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting in 23 minutes. Kent Bazemore, also acquired from the Golden State Warriors in a swap for Steve Blake, added 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Brandon Bass scored 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting with eight rebounds, while Jared Sullinger had a double-double (12 points, 12 rebounds). Jeff Green scored 11 of his team-high 21 points in the first quarter.
Turning point: The Celtics were up 11 entering the final frame, but it was Brooks (honestly) who spearheaded the Lakers' comeback. After scoring the final basket of the third quarter, he registered four field goals in the first 3½ minutes of the fourth as the Lakers surged ahead. It was Bazemore who hit a 3-pointer to put the Lakers up seven with little more than four minutes to go and left Boston scrambling for a timeout. Boston never got closer than five the rest of the way.
Loose balls: The Celtics were outscored 38-18 in the fourth quarter. The Celtics shot 39.2 percent overall (38-of-97), while the Lakers shot 48.2 percent (40-of-83). Boston missed 18 of 22 3-pointers it put up (18.2 percent). A quiet night for Rajon Rondo: six points, 11 assists, six rebounds over 34:16. Joel Anthony was a healthy DNP for Boston.
What it means: The Celtics (19-37) lost their third straight and flip-flopped spots in the league standings with the Lakers (19-36). Boston now owns the NBA's fifth-worst winning percentage (.339). The Celtics will visit the Sacramento Kings, the team with the fourth-worst winning percentage (.333), on Saturday on the second night of a back-to-back. Boston's four-game trip wraps up on Monday in Utah.