In a tremendous all-around performance, Pau Gasol finished with 24 points and notched 13 rebounds and 6 assists to help the Los Angeles Lakers pull out a close one against the Boston Celtics, 107-104. The Lakers had a strong shooting performance in this one, going 37-74 (50.0%) from the field, including 12-20 (60.0%) from three-point range. Los Angeles (15-25) has won just two of their last 10 games.
Gasol went 9-15, in a good performance. Los Angeles also got solid performances from Kendall Marshall with 19 points and 14 assists, Jodie Meeks with 17 points and 7 rebounds, and Wesley Johnson with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Kelly Olynyk had a rare quality performance off the bench for Boston despite the loss, scoring 25 points on 11-17 shooting, including 1-4 from behind the arc. He also added 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Jeff Green chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds and Jared Sullinger finished with 11 points and 7 rebounds.
The Lakers combined an eFG% of 58.1% with 60.0% 3-point shooting. They are 3-1 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Celtics, on the other hand, are 1-4 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
Boston (14-27) could not get back-to-back victories after defeating Toronto on Wednesday.
Coming up next, the Lakers battle the Toronto Raptors, who are 20-18 on the year. The Celtics go up against the Orlando Magic, currently 10-30 this season. The Lakers have a 0-1 record against Toronto this season. The Celtics have won their last two meetings with Orlando.