clear
Friday November 17th, 2017 12:34PM

Baynes lifts Celtics over Lakers for 10th straight win

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

BOSTON (AP) — Aron Baynes matched his career high with 21 points, Kyrie Irving scored 19 and the Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-96 on Wednesday night for their 10th straight victory.

Baynes also had eight rebounds and three assists, and Boston improved to 10-2 even as Al Horford sat out after being placed in concussion protocol earlier in the day. The Celtics also lost rookie forward Jayson Tatum late in the second quarter, when he went to the locker room with a sore right ankle.

Boston led by 20 in the second quarter before letting the lead shrink to two in the third. Los Angeles then struggled down the stretch, shooting 5 of 18 from the field with six turnovers in the final period.

Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 18 points apiece. Julius Randle had 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Celtics fans gave rookie Lonzo Ball an icy welcome in his first trip to TD Garden. They booed the No. 2 overall pick throughout the night whenever he touched the ball. He finished with nine points, six assists and five rebounds, making just 4 of 15 from the field.

With Tatum sidelined in the second half, Boston struggled defensively, and the Lakers exploited the paint for several easy baskets.

Irving also got banged up and had his right leg examined by trainers between the third and fourth quarters. He came back with just over six minutes to play and immediately made an impact, scoring back-to-back baskets to push Boston's lead back to 100-90.

The Celtics led by 48-28 in the second quarter but were outscored 24-13 over the final 6:51 of the half to let the Lakers back into the game.

TIP-INS

Lakers: Lone lead of the game was 2-0. ... Had 12 turnovers in the first half.

Celtics: Shot just 8 of 24 in the fourth quarter. ... The 61 points scored by the first half was a season high. ... Took a season-high 98 field-goal attempts.

RIVALRY REKINDLED?

The Celtics and Lakers are far removed from the peak of their rivalry in the 1980s, but there are still plenty of reminders of that heyday. Bill Walton's son, Luke, is coaching the Lakers, and Danny Ainge and Magic Johnson both work in front office positions for Boston and Los Angeles, respectively.

Luke Walton said this new generation of players view the rivalry through different lenses.

"I think some of them get it, more than others," he said. "Guys like Lonzo that grew up in LA, I think if you grew up in either one of these cities, you're probably pretty well schooled on the rivalry. For some of these young guys, they probably don't know much about it."

Celtics fans chanted "Beat LA!" after Walton was whistled for a technical foul in the third quarter.

SALUTING PIERCE

The Celtics showed a video montage of former captain Paul Pierce during a timeout in the first quarter. Pierce, who was at the Garden on Wednesday as a member of ESPN's broadcast crew, saluted fans as they gave him a standing ovation. The Celtics will retire his No. 34 in February.

CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS

New Red Sox manager Alex Cora, New England Patriots players Devin McCourty and Dion Lewis, and rapper DMX were in attendance.

UP NEXT

Lakers: At Washington on Thursday night.

Celtics: Host Charlotte on Friday night.

___

More NBA basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Basketball, AP Sports - NBA
© Copyright 2017 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Garth Brooks wins entertainer of the year at CMA Awards
Garth Brooks continued his winning streak as entertainer of the year at the 2017 Country Music Association Awards, beating out Luke Bryan and Keith Urban
11:13PM ( 29 minutes ago )
Will it be AT&T vs the government in $85B Time Warner deal?
AT&T now says it's "uncertain" when its $85 billion Time Warner purchase will close
11:10PM ( 31 minutes ago )
The Latest: Trump says Chinese welcome was 'magnificent'
President Donald Trump says military parade China arranged to welcome him on state visit was magnificent.
11:05PM ( 36 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
AP source: Jones threatens Goodell deal after Elliott ban
An AP source says Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has threatened to sue the NFL over a proposed contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell, a dispute sparked by star running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension over alleged domestic violence
9:10PM ( 2 hours ago )
Cowboys' Elliott mum amid more legal limbo over 6-game ban
Ezekiel Elliott skipped his weekly media session because of more legal limbo in the star Dallas Cowboys running back's fight over the NFL's six-game suspension on alleged domestic violence
8:41PM ( 3 hours ago )
Ramsey has remorse for not getting 'money's worth' vs Green
Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey has remorse for not getting 'money's worth' vs A.J. Green
7:25PM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Sports
Auburn fires indicted basketball assistant Chuck Person
Auburn has fired associate head basketball coach Chuck Person, who has been indicted on federal bribery, conspiracy and fraud charges
1:33PM ( 10 hours ago )
Alford to sit 3 players reportedly involved in shoplifting
UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford will sit the three players reportedly involved in a shoplifting incident in China for Saturday's game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai
10:36AM ( 13 hours ago )
Love's 32, LeBron's 30 push Cavaliers past Bucks 124-119
Kevin Love scores 32, LeBron James 30 as Cavaliers down Bucks 124-119
3:17AM ( 20 hours ago )
AP Online Basketball
Suns deal Bledsoe to Bucks for Monroe, 2 picks
Suns deal Bledsoe to Bucks for Monroe, 2 picks
4:54PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Source: Suns deal Bledsoe to Bucks for Monroe, 2 picks
A person with knowledge of the deal says the Phoenix Suns have agreed to trade disgruntled guard Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks for big man Greg Monroe and two 2018 draft picks
3:59PM ( 1 day ago )
On point: Thomas making progress, could join Cavs earlier
Injured Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas is making steady progress from a hip injury and could be back on the floor sooner than expected
2:19AM ( 1 day ago )
AP Sports - NBA
Garth Brooks wins entertainer of the year at CMA Awards
Garth Brooks continued his winning streak as entertainer of the year at the 2017 Country Music Association Awards, beating out Luke Bryan and Keith Urban
11:13PM ( 29 minutes ago )
Will it be AT&T vs the government in $85B Time Warner deal?
AT&T now says it's "uncertain" when its $85 billion Time Warner purchase will close
11:10PM ( 31 minutes ago )
The Latest: Trump says Chinese welcome was 'magnificent'
President Donald Trump says military parade China arranged to welcome him on state visit was magnificent.
11:05PM ( 36 minutes ago )
The Latest: Garth Brooks wins CMA entertainer of the year
The Latest: Garth Brooks wins CMA entertainer of the year award
11:00PM ( 41 minutes ago )
Complete list of winners at the CMA Awards
Below is a complete list of winners of the 2017 Country Music Association Awards
10:56PM ( 45 minutes ago )