Anthony Davis had 27 points and 14 rebounds in his return from a quad injury, LeBron James scored 21 and the Los Angeles Lakers endured a late rally by the host Boston Celtics to win 96-95 Saturday night, January 30 (Sunday, January 31, Philippine time).
Kemba Walker missed what would have been a game-winning shot for the Celtics with 2.7 seconds left, and Daniel Theis whiffed on the follow up as the Lakers prevented blowing a seven-point lead with 1:40 staying.
Montrezl Harrell included 16 points for Los Angeles, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Davis had actually missed out on the team’s match in Detroit two nights prior.
Jayson Tatum had 30 points and Jaylen Brown scored 28 for Boston, which lost for the 5th time in its last 7 games.
A Dennis Schroder three-point play put the Lakers ahead 96-89, however two Walker free tosses and back-to-back containers from Tatum got the Celtics within one with 32.8 seconds to go.
Walker obstructed a shot by Davis with 10.8 seconds staying however could not transform on the other end to seal the outcome.
The Lakers scored 8 unanswered to start the 4th quarter, rising ahead 79-78.
Throughout the run, Celtics guard Marcus Smart strained his left calf while safeguarding Harrell beneath the rim. Smart got help in heading to the locker space and did not return. He apparently will have an MRI on Sunday.
Minutes later on, on a Brown layup to put Boston ahead, 83-81, Davis took an elbow to the groin and struck the court. The huge guy remained in the contest after a timeout, his jumper with 6:12 to go connecting the game at 85.
Neither team led by more than 3 in the 3rd till Boston ended the duration with an 8-1 stretch, getting in the 4th up 78-71.
The very first half was tight to begin up until the Lakers utilized a 9-1 run in the 2nd for the game’s very first double-digit lead at 41-31.
The Celtics fought back, knotting ball game at 47 on a triple by Brown with 1:47 left. James finished a three-point have fun with 7.1 ticks staying for a 52-49 Los Angeles lead at the break.