By Jack Bantock, CNN
The Los Angeles Lakers saved the best of the season for their historic rivals, when an offensive clinic saw off the Boston Celtics 117-102 on Tuesday night.
Four times NBA MVP has struggled to get consistent game time this season – Covid Protocol accrues previous absences due to injury and Suspensions – but shone in a Lakers foul that dragged away in the second half.
James’ teammate Russell Westbrook scored 24 points, 15 of which came in the dominant third quarter, along with 11 assists, while Anthony Davis had 17 points and 16 rebounds.
Inspired by Jayson Tatum’s sharp shot, who scored 14 of his top 34 points in the first quarter, the Celtics got off to a brilliant start but then choked in their 296th meeting. of two of the NBA’s most popular franchises.
Tied to the all-time high 17 NBA championships, the two have met a record 12 times in the NBA Finals, though both are far from their former glories at present.
Tuesday’s results saw the Lakers avenge last month in the opposite game – a 130-108 loss in Boston – to move to 13-12 in the season, a record identical to the Celtics.
‘One of the best games of the season’
James told reporters after the game: “I just love the way we played tonight, on both sides of the ring.
“We had a lot of intensity, a lot of movement on the ball – the boys were attacking the perimeter. I think defensively, besides Tatum’s first 14-point avalanche, we’ve been locked in since that point.
“Tonight, almost 48 minutes, was one of the best games of the season.”
Friday in the West, James and the Lakers will be hoping that victory can foster consistency, though they face a tough ride ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies (14-10), the newcomers NBA’s new winning record, on Friday.
Lakers coach Frank Vogel will be keen on his uplift in form, after facing pressure during the team’s difficult season so far.
James guard His coach on Monday, said that “the players have to do even better,” and Vogel believes the team is on the right track.
“We have strong belief in what this team can achieve,” Vogel told reporters after the game.
“We know there will be some bumps on the road soon – this is expected for our team – but we are sticking together, staying together… and we are seeing growth through each one. match.”
Durant completes the return of the Nets
Elsewhere in the NBA, the Brooklyn Nets rose from 17th to overtake the Dallas Mavericks (11-12) with a 102-99 win.
Kevin Durant – who finished with 24 points and seven rebounds – sank three points in just over a minute to score the final points of the game and lift the Eastern Conference lead to 17-7.
The Western Conference leads the Golden State Warriors (20-4) host the Portland Trail Blazers (11-14) on Wednesday, as Steph Curry looks to take one step closer to overtaking Ray Allen at the top of the three-point table. All-time NBA scorer.
Curry is 16 places ahead of Hall of Famer Allen ahead of the visit of Portland, who will miss CJ McCollum after he collapsed on his right lung in the fourth round against the Celtics on Saturday.
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