Celtics

BSJ Game Report: Celtics 107, Lakers 96 – Aron Baynes leads the way

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Everything you need to know about the Celtics’ 107-96 win over the Lakers in quickie form.

HEADLINES

Aron Baynes has a career-night: The Celtics were in need of a scoring boost without Al Horford (concussion) and the veteran center rose to the challenge, scoring a career-high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting. He did his finest work on the offensive glass (five total) which was a reliable source of offense for the big man all night.

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Ten in a row: The Lakers made a strong charge in the second half, cutting a 21-point lead to two, but the Celtics’ defense held firm in the final quarter, allowing just 15 points to the Lakers despite being without a pair of their best defensive players down the stretch.    

Injury bug hits again: One game after losing Al Horford to a concussion, rookie Jayson Tatum left the game in the second quarter with ankle soreness and did not return. Without two of their All-Stars and a 14-point scorer in Tatum, the C’s began showing some significant holes on the defensive end. With the depth of the bench tested yet again, Brad Stevens had to rely on the rookies (Daniel Theis, Semi Ojeleye) probably a little bit more than he wanted to.

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