(Basketball news) The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics despite leading the majority of the match as they lost 122-118 in overtime. For the Celtics, Jayson Tatum scored 44 points, Jaylen Brown added five of his 25 in overtime as Marcus Smart hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 points for the NBA-leading Celtics, who wrapped up their six-game trip by avoiding their first three-game losing streak of the season. For the Lakers, Anthony Davis had 37 points and 12 rebounds, but he also missed two free throws with 28 seconds left while LeBron James scored 33 points as Russell Westbrook had 20 points and a season-high 14 rebounds for Los Angeles, but he also missed three open jumpers in overtime while the Celtics pulled away with 12 consecutive points. With this result the Celtics improved their record 22-7 and broke their two match losing streak away from home.
”That game just says a lot about our experience and mental toughness,” said Brown, who also had 15 rebounds. ”That’s a tough and perfect way to close out our road trip.”
”Everybody can talk about free throws, this and that, but the thing we can’t do is spot teams 15-, 17-, 20-point leads, give up 30-plus points per quarter in the first half,” Ham said. ”We have to do a better job of coming out from the tipoff and pressing our will on our opponent.”
”Games aren’t won or lost in the fourth quarter or overtime,” Boston coach Joe Mazzulla said. ”We have to be elite at managing the end of the third, beginning of the fourth quarter. That is where NBA games are won and lost, and we didn’t do a good job managing that part of the game. So we’ll take the positives of how we worked to get back in the game and then managed a run to end it, but we’ll also focus on that stretch.”
”I haven’t thought about the rest of the game,” Davis said. ”To me, the rest doesn’t matter. Had a chance to ice the game, and missed both.”
The Milwaukee Bucks convincingly beat the Golden State Warriors 128-111. For the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points while Bobby Portis finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds. For the Warriors, Stephen Curry scored 20 points despite missing seven of 10 3-point attempts while Jordan Poole added 18 and Klay Thompson 14 points. The Warriors dropped their third straight road game and fell to 2-12 away from home this season. The defending NBA champions have allowed at least 114 points in every road game this season. With this result the Bucks conjured up their 20 win as they boast the second best record in the league.