The Boston Celtics set the NBA record for most wins by a single franchise (3,253) with an 113-107 win against their rival L.A. Lakers.
The two teams traded shots back and forth for the entire opening quarter but it was a 12-3 run by L.A. helped them hold a slim 30-29 lead heading into the second. Luckily for Boston, the team sparked some flames in the second quarter and were able to jump out to a decent lead. Kelly Olynyk, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, and Jae Crowder all stepped up for the team and played some solid fundamental basketball. Crowder scored eight of the Celtics final eleven points on their way to a comfortable 62-51 halftime lead.
Boston couldn’t run away with the game in the third quarter, however, and only scored 20 points in the frame. The Celtics’ poor offensive quarter allowed the Lakers to creep back into the game and go on an 11-2 run to end the quarter with an 82-74 score.
All Celtics fans know what the fourth quarter means, and the king didn’t disappoint, preventing a Lakers comeback with 17 points in the frame. Isaiah Thomas scored the first eight points in the final quarter for his team and once again lived up to his new nickname. The Lakers couldn’t find a way to stop Boston’s offense in the quarter and ultimately ended up losing this rivalry battle.
There was really no one on the Lakers that stood out from a scoring standpoint as D’Angelo Russel led the team with 20 points. Isaiah Thomas continued to add to his impressive resume as of late and dropped 38 points in this game. Horford (11 points, 8 rebounds, & 8 assists) and Crowder (18 points & 6 rebounds) turned in some solid performances as well. Marcus Smart was the key to the game and even though he didn’t have much on the stat sheet (9 points, 7 assists, & 5 steals) his energetic play helped the Celtics establish a lead.
Overall this was a great night for the Celtics organization as not only did they set the franchise record for wins, it became official that Brad Stevens and his staff would coach the Eastern Conference All-Star team. A great accomplishment for the Celtics head coach couldn’t have come on a better night and with their fifth straight win, the Celtics will look to keep rolling against the Clippers on Sunday. Off the Rip Sports will be in the building on Sunday for Paul Pierce’s last game in Boston.