Things started well as the Ray Allen set the all-time record for three-pointers in the first quarter as the Celtics jumped out to a double digit lead against the defending champions. The Lakers hunkered down though in the closing moments of the first half and through the final 24 minutes on the defensive end, limiting an undermanned C’s squad to just 33 points in the final two periods while Kobe did work (20 of 23 points in second half) down the stretch to help ice the win for the visitors.
Also add Nate Robinson to the list of the walking wounded as he left this one in the second quarter with a bruised right knee and did not return, leaving the C’s with just seven rotation players including a sick Paul Pierce for the final 36 minutes. With that hand, it’s tough to fault the loss in what was ultimately a winnable game.
Brendan Jackson has you covered with a full recap coming shortly…..