Boston Celtics: Instant Reaction To the Win Over the Los Angeles Lakers

The Boston Celtics traveled to Los Angeles Sunday afternoon for a rematch of last June's NBA Finals against Kobe Bryant and the hated Los Angeles Lakers. Naturally, the game was a highly anticipated match-up, with the Celtics looking to avenge their 83-79 loss in Game Seven, which handed the Lakers their 16th NBA Championship.

After questions regarding their readiness after a bad loss to the Suns in Phoenix, the Celtics looked energized and confident, shaking off the loss and beating the Lakers 109-96.

Paul Pierce led the way in scoring, getting 32 points when all was said and done. Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo each recorded a double-double, with KG scoring 18 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, while Rondo scored 10 points and dished out 16 assists. Ray Allen scored 21 points (including three three-pointers), Glen Davis scored 13, and Nate Robinson added 11. Marquis Daniels and Kendrick Perkins each had 2 points.

The Lakers' fast-paced offense was led by Kobe Bryant, who scored 41 points. Lamar Odom scored 15 points, followed by Pau Gasol (12), Andrew Bynum (11), Derek Fisher (five points and an exorbitant amount of flops), Steve Blake and Shannon Brown (each with four), Ron Artest (three), and Luke Walton (one).

The Lakers appeared streaky, as they got off to a slow start before turning up the heat in the second quarter, leading 54-50 at the half. Kobe Bryant had his usual swagger, and Derek Fisher was his usual flopping self. The Celtics played sloppy at times, turning the ball over 17 times compared to the Lakers' eight. However, Boston got to the Lakers in the second half, clamping down on defense and slowing them down. 

The Lakers appeared frustrated as time wound down, and Kobe decided to make it his personal mission to save the game for L.A. By the end of the fourth quarter, Kobe had effectively frozen out his teammates and took it to the hoop or pulled up to shoot himself. The Celtics, in contr...

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