LOS ANGELES (AP) Unlike most of his Los Angeles Lakers teammates, Russell Westbrook grew up a Lakers fan who personally understood the yearly importance of their rivalry series with the Boston Celtics. Leading a dominant victory over the Celtics while wearing the Lakers' gold jersey for the first time clearly made for a special night for the veteran guard. ''As a player like myself, you want to make sure you approach all games the same while also understanding the significance of this particular game,'' Westbrook said.
LeBron James scored 30 points and provided energy on defense as the Lakers beat the rival Boston Celtics 117-102 on Tuesday at Staples Center.
When the Knicks’ starting five took the floor for the opening tip on Tuesday night, there was one noticeable difference in the team’s personnel, as Nerlens Noel got the start at center, moving Mitchell Robinson to the bench.