LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers took a thrilling overtime loss to the Boston Celtics, 122-118, Tuesday night at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
“We gave ourselves a chance to win, I like our tenacity and competition, but we couldn’t close the game,” he said. Lebron James after the defeat.
The Angelenos overcame a deficit of 20 points, to turn the score around and take advantage of up to 13 points in the last quarter.
Anthony Davis he missed two crucial, potentially game-winning free throws in the closing seconds of regulation for the Lakers; immediately afterwards, Jason Tatum he hit the basket that tied the score at 110 to send it into overtime.
“If there’s one player on this team that I like our chances at the free throw line in the final seconds, it’s AD (Anthony Davis). He’s been on the right side more times than not to close out games from there in the last four years we’ve been on the team together. He doesn’t worry me one bit,” LeBron said of his teammate.
In overtime, the Lakers weren’t sharp from the perimeter, missing all five long-range attempts. On the visiting side, they made 50 percent of their field goals, including two triples, to seal the victory.
“We must be more physical. They got important shots, it’s a team that is very efficient in that field and we have to make things difficult for them, so they don’t have easy baskets,” James said.
Another edition of the historic rivalry between the Boston Celtics (22-7) and the LA Lakers (11-16) that did not disappoint the spectators, regardless of the present that each of the teams lives. The Angelenos have shown improvement, but they remain with a negative mark and are in the twelfth position in the Western Conference, while the Celtics lead the East.
Boston and Lakers came to this match with the two best scoring duos currently in the NBA, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown for Boston, LeBron James and Anthony Davis for the Lakers. Continuing along that line, tonight the Boston duo combined for 69 points, while the Lakers for 70, even so, the purple and gold let the victory escape. Jayson Tatum alone finished with 44 points to help the Celtics win.
With the win over the Lakers, Boston wrapped up a six-game road trip and will return to play at TD Garden on Friday against the Orlando Magic. For their part, the Lakers will have Wednesday off and from Thursday they will prepare their game receiving the Denver Nuggets on Friday.
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LeBron, after defeat against Celtics: “We could not close the game”