NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Boston
(Friday, November 23rd)
Final Score: Boston 107, LA Lakers 94
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Paul Pierce had 20 points, six rebounds and nine assists to help the Boston Celtics to a 107-94 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Banknorth Garden.
Kevin Garnett added 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who have won two straight since suffering their first loss of the season. Kendrick Perkins had a career-high 21 points and Ray Allen tallied 18 points for Boston, which improved to 7-0 at home this year.
"I anticipated it to be what it was," said Garnett of the matchup against the Lakers. "It felt like a playoff game atmosphere. This building has a lot of energy in it to begin with, and it was great. It was fun. Any time you play Kobe and the Lakers, you know its going to be all out war, so tonight was no different."
Kobe Bryant scored 28 points for the Lakers, who lost the final two games of their three-game road trip. Vladimir Radmanovic added 18 points for Los Angeles, which had a three-game win streak against the Celtics snapped.
The Lakers scored just 35 first-half points and the Celtics took advantage. Ahead 11-8, Boston went on a 14-6 run to take a 25-14 lead. Pierce's three- pointer started the surge, which Allen ended with four straight points.
Then, after taking a 25-16 lead after one quarter, the Celtics continued to pull away in the second quarter. After the Lakers drew within 30-25, Boston, led by Garnett's seven points and Pierce's five, used a 17-4 run to mount a 47-29 cushion.
Boston cruised into the half with a 53-35 lead and was threatened only once over the final 24 minutes. The Celtics led 82-60 after a Garnett jumper with 2 1/2 minutes left in the third went, and into the fourth with an 84-66 advantage.
The Lakers drew within nine points, 94-85, on a Jordan Farmar three-pointer with 4:53 left, but Boston answered by scoring six of the next seven points to regain control and coast to the buzzer.
"We got in down to nine with just under three minutes left," said Lakers head coach Phil Jackson. "We were in the game then. But we still didn't have the momentum that I would like to see. But that was probably the only time between the beginning of the first six minutes and the end of the game that we felt like we were in the game."
Part of the first-half problems for LA stemmed from 33 percent shooting. LA ended shooting 42.2 percent for the game...Garnett has 10 double-doubles in 11 games this season...Boston hit 50.6 percent of its shots.
11/24 00:13:42 ET