The Los Angeles Lakers played a spirited game against the Boston Celtics, but spirit wasn’t enough in a 113-107 loss Friday night. Isaiah Thomas went ballistic, giving Boston fans all the fuel they needed to enjoy the beat down of their long-time rival. Thomas ended the night with a game-high 38 points, scoring 17 in the fourth quarter alone.
Flames were shooting from his hands, as they have been all season, once the Celtics reached the final frame.
Larry Nance, Jr. was everywhere, creating second-chance opportunity after second-chance opportunity for his teammates, but the Lakers couldn’t deliver on the gift-wrapped possessions. A sequence of offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter from Nance, Jr. was unreal as he hustled his way to multiple boards, only for his team to come up empty. His hustle wasn’t all for naught, though, as he scored a career-high 18 points with 11 rebounds for a double-double.
It was a frenetically paced game with the teams combining for 59 points in the first quarter. Nick Young started off the game locked in from deep, exchanging three-pointers with Boston. He finished the game with five made three-points, good for 17 points. D’Angelo Russell added 20 points, six assists and six rebounds with only two turnovers.
Jordan Clarkson scored two points on seven field goals and Ivica Zubac scored one point, leaving most of the bench scoring to Lou Williams (21 points) and Nance, Jr. Brandon Ingram had a solid game, scoring 14 points while showcasing his versatility. A play where Ingram faked a pass from the corner before banging home a three-point stood out, and these little rays of sunshine are the silver linings we’re left with as the losses continue
The Lakers are off all weekend before lacing them back up Monday at Madison Square Garden.