The Los Angeles Lakers played a horrendous game of basketball in a 113-96 loss to the Boston Celtics. Rajon Rondo surgically dissected the Lakers' defense, dishing out more assists (16) than the Lakers had in total as a team (14), and sent the purple and gold back to Los Angeles without a going away present.
Kobe Bryant struggled from the field to end the Lakers' road trip, making just nine of his 21 attempts. He ended the night with 22 points and had as many turnovers as he did assists (3). Wesley Johnson missed all five of his shots through the night, which included an air ball without a defender near him. Jeremy Lin had a solid game but only played 19 minutes, a strange choice from Byron Scott.
Nick Young led the Lakers' bench unit with 16 points, but did so on 5-of-14 shooting. The reserves struggled from the field as a whole, particularly Robert Sacre, who missed nine of his 10 shots. Wayne Ellington had a solid game, though, scoring 11 points while grabbing five rebounds. He also paid tribute to his father, writing his name on his game shoes.
The Lakers played like a team on their third game in four nights on the road, but now get to head home. The problem? Anthony Davis' Pelicans are up next, which will be no small task for a team that can't keep up with Davis when he's gliding across the court in transition. For now, though, get home and regroup Lakers. It's just too bad this game against Boston wasn't even competitive.