Kobe, Lakers Outlast Celtics In Second Half, Get Much Needed Win

The Lakers were down 15 points in the second quarter.

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Kobe Bryant Respects Ray Allen, Still Plans On 'Busting His Ass' At The All Star Game

Ray Allen and Kobe Bryant have had a spotted history. During Ray's time with the Sonics (may they rest in peace) they had many memorable run-ins, and became rivals while playing the same position in a very crowded division. Last night, Ray Allen made NBA history and became the league's all time leader in 3 pt. field goals made, and Kobe Bryant was on the court to congratulate him, according to Weei.com via SB Nation Boston.

“I just told him congratulations. It’s a mutual respect kind of thing, because we came into the league together. There’s not too many guys from that draft still playing and competing at a high level. I’m just very, very happy for him. We always compete when we go at it. That’s part of it. At this stage of our careers, there’s a respect because of that. I don’t get along with chumps very well, and he’s not a chump.”

Kobe isn't the ind of guy who is going to say flowery things about someone that he just beat, so I think this might be the nicest thing we could have hoped for (assuming you were hoping for that kind of thing). No matter which team you support, you can appreciate Ray Allen's longevity and achievement, and Kobe Bryant can't ignore it. They might not like each other, but I think they respect each other as basketball players. that's probably about the nicest comment we're going to squeeze out of the Kobester.

But it didn't last very long. Kobe still warned Allen, as well as the rest of the Celtics, that he was going to bring it at the All-Star game.

“It doesn’t matter who I play,” said Bryant. “I could play you, and I’ll bust your ass.”


Kobe, Pau Lead Lakers To Comeback Win Over Celtics, 92-86

If there has been a theme for the Los Angeles Lakers this week, it has been patience. The patience served the Lakers well tonight, as they overcame a 15-point first half deficit to defeat the Boston Celtics, 92-86 at TD Garden, giving the Lakers a much needed signature win on their season. Kobe Bryant scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half, and Pau Gasol put up 20 points and 10 rebounds in the win. The Lakers moved to 3-0 on their seven-game Grammy road trip, and got their first win against one of the top four teams in the NBA.

Before tonight, the Lakers were 0-5 against the Spurs, Celtics, Heat, and Mavericks, and have been linked in rumors to Carmelo Anthony of the Nuggets. However, the Lakers have denied any involvement in trade talks with Denver, especially since it would mean giving up center Andrew Bynum and change the dynamic of the Lakers. The Lakers used their size advantage against a depleted Celtics' front line, outrebounding Boston 47-36. Bynum had 16 points and nine boards in 34 minutes.

When the Lakers fell behind 49-34 in the second quarter, things looked bleak, but the Lakers were patient. They fed Gasol and Bynum down low, and the duo combined for 24 points to keep the Lakers close. They cut the lead to eight points at halftime, and within a few minutes of the third quarter, they grabbed the lead. The Lakers outscored Boston 27-15 in the third period, led by 12 points from Kobe.

Ray Allen in the first quarter passed Reggie Miller for most three-pointers made in NBA history. Allen, who ended the night with three shots from distance and 2,562 three-pointers made in his career, was congratulated by Miller, who was broadcasting the game for TNT, at courtside. The Lakers head to Madison Square Garden to battle the New York Knicks tomorrow night.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Celtics Game Score: Kobe Bryant Leads Third Quarter Comeback As Lakers Take Lead

Kobe Bryant scored 12 points in the third quarter, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 72-68 lead over the Celtics after three quarters at TD Garden in Boston. After just three points in the first half, Kobe was aggressive to start the second half and hit four of his eight shots, leading the Lakers to a 27-15 advantage in the third quarter.

Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum have been excelling down low for the Lakers, who have outrebounded Boston 35-26 so far tonight. Gasol has 18 points and 10 rebounds through three quarters, while Bynum has 16 points and seven boards.

The Celtics have four players in double figures, led by Ray Allen's 15 points. The Lakers were down 49-34 in the second quarter, and have outscored the Celtics 38-19 since that point.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Celtics Game Score: Gasol, Bynum Lead Comeback, But Lakers Trail At Halftime, 53-45

The Los Angeles Lakers fell behind as many as 15 points in the second quarter, but a 11-4 run to end the half put the Lakers within eight points at halftime, as the Boston Celtics lead 53-45 at halftime. Ray Allen, who passed Reggie Miller in the first quarter for the all-time NBA lead in three-pointers made, led Boston with 14 points in the first half.

On January 30, the Celtics put on an offensive clinic en route to an easy 13-point win over the Lakers at Staples Center. They had 34 assists on 43 baskets made that day, and shot 60.3% from the field, the third-highest total the Celtics have ever had against Los Angeles. Tonight looked like more of the same for a while, as the Celtics shot 51.3% from the field, with 16 assists on 20 field goals made.

The Lakers were able to utilize their advantage inside on offense, to a point, as Pau Gasol (12 points, five rebounds) and Andrew Bynum (12 points) combined to make nine of 15 shots from the field. The Lakers outrebounded the Celtics, 23-15, including 6-2 on the offensive end. Lamar Odom, however, struggled mightily, making just one of five shots, scoring two points in his 10 minutes of play.

Kobe Bryant only attempted three field goals in his 21 minutes, scoring just three points in the first half. Bryant also had four rebounds and three assists. Steve Blake had three fouls in rapid fashion, playing only 4:36 in the first 24 minutes.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Celtics Game Score: Ray Allen Becomes All-Time NBA Three-Point Leader, Boston Leads 27-20 After One

The Boston Celtics came out shooting in the first quarter, taking a 27-20 lead over the Los Angeles Lakers after 12 minutes of play. However, NBA history was made in the opening stanza at TD Garden, as Ray Allen hit a three-pointer from the right side of the top of the key with 1:48 remaining in the first quarter to surpass Reggie Miller for the most three-pointers in NBA history, at 2,561. During a stoppage in play, Allen got a congratulatory handshake from Miller, who is calling the game for TNT. Allen led the Celtics with 12 points in the first quarter.

The Celtics are essentially without a true backup small foward or center tonight, as Marquis Daniels (bruised spinal cord), Shaquille O'Neal (sore right leg), and Semih Erden (right adductor strain) are all out tonight. This amplifies the Lakers' size advantage in the middle, an advantage not lost on TNT announcers Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, and Reggie Miller. The three agreed that trading Andrew Bynum for Carmelo Anthony, as has been rumored this week, would be a mistake. Albert summed it up best by saying, "Why would [the Lakers] give up their big front line, which is the advantage they have when it comes to the playoffs?"

Well said, Marv. Well said. Bynum led the Lakers with eight points in the first quarter.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Celtics: A View From Boston & Los Angeles

As the Los Angeles Lakers battle the Boston Celtics tonight at TD Garden, the two teams do their best to downplay the significance of a regular season game. However, when arch-rivals get together, the game takes on an added performance. Tom Bellinger of Celtics Blog recognizes the importance of the rivalry:

In two of the last three seasons, the Celtics and Lakers have faced off in the NBA Finals, and in both of those series, it went beyond a game 5. The Celtics won the first one, and the Lakers followed that up with arguably their best season since the Shaq years. Last season, the Lakers won, in 7 games, and the Celtics are following that up with one of their most dominating and consistent regular season performances since the first season KG arrived in Boston. Don't tell me that these teams don't live to kill each other.

For the Lakers, who are 0-5 against the top four teams in the NBA, they realize tonight means a lot as well. From Saurav A. Das of Silver Screen and Roll:

If the Lakers win this game, it may well signal a true turning point in their season. They've shown some good signs since their loss to the C's: Pau once again playing aggressively and effectively, the defense functioning well, and some signs of the endgame execution (ignoring the last 22 seconds of the Spurs game) that's needed in a championship contender. If they win tonight, it could mean they've come full circle from that embarrassing defeat.

If not... well, there's still plenty of time for them to round into form. The All Star Break hasn't even passed yet. But waiting longer would have negative implications. Stealing HCA from San Antonio is pretty much impossible by now, but the Lakers can still realistically regain home court for potential matchups against Boston, Dallas and Miami. Perhaps most important for our peace of mind, beating Boston tonight, even though they're without Shaq, would finally qualify as a true signature win, of the sort the Lakers so nearly had against San Antonio a week ago.

The Lakers are 9-9 against the Celtics, including in the NBA Finals, since Pau Gasol joined the team.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Celtics: Lakers Wearing 1971-1972 Throwback Uniforms Tonight In Boston

Kobe_1971-72_uniforms__jeff_gross_-_getty_images__mediumThe Los Angeles Lakers are the road team tonight at TD Garden, but the Lakers will be wearing their home gold uniforms when they battle the host Boston Celtics. The Lakers will do battle on TNT tonight in their 1971-1972 throwback jerseys, according to Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers wore the same uniforms in their 103-89 loss to the Celtics at Staples Center on January 30, and according to Ding, will wear the old school threads in two more games this season.

The 1971-1972 uniforms (left) feature the more classic rounded neck, and are missing the purple stripe down the sides of the jerseys that are prominent today. Also, the white numbers on the front and back of the throwback jerseys are surrounded by a thick blue shadow.

The gold versus green is reminiscent of the USC/UCLA football rivalry, which switched back to the baby blue of the Bruins against the cardinal of the Trojans in 2008. While the throwbacks are a nice touch, and no doubt a potential money maker for the NBA, we can all be thankful both teams have eschewed the short shorts of yesteryear.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Vs. Celtics: Ray Allen Closing In On NBA Three-Point Record

Tonight's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Boston figures to feature NBA history. It is fitting that tonight's game is televised on TNT, as now broadcaster Reggie Miller will likely see his own record being broken from the sideline. Entering tonight's contest, Ray Allen of the Celtics is one three-pointer behind Miller for the all-time NBA record for most shots made from distance:

NBA All-Time Three-Point Kings
Player Games 3pt Made 3pt Att 3pt %
Reggie Miller      1389 2560 6486 39.5%
Ray Allen 1073 2559 6425 39.8%

Allen and Miller have had remarkably similar careers. In addition to their similar three-point shooting percentages, they are also both in the top 10 in NBA history in free throw percentage (Allen is sixth at 89.3%, Miller ninth at 88.8%). Allen has the higher scoring average (20.4 to 18.2), and has been to more All-Star Games (10 to five), while Miller was named third team all-NBA three times, compared to two all-NBA selections for Allen (one second team, one third team).

Both Allen and Miller are miles ahead of the competition; Jason Kidd is third in NBA history with 1,752 made, over 800 shots behind the top two. Not surprisingly, both Miller and Allen are also one-two in three-point attempts in NBA history as well. Then again, Allen hitting two three-pointers tonight isn't a given; After torching the Lakers for eight threes in Game 2 of last year's NBA Finals, Allen proceeded to miss all 16 three-point attempts in the three Finals games in Boston. Maybe Allen will be similarly cold tonight, but don't bet on it.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Celtics: Shaquille O'Neal Likely Out, But All Six All-Stars Will Play

Even though the Los Angeles Lakers will meet the Boston Celtics for the final time in the regular season tonight, this won't be the last time many of these players will face each other on the court. Between the two teams, there are six NBA All-Stars who will face off on the court on Feb. 20 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Lakers were rumored in the last few days to have interest in adding another All-Star in Carmelo Anthony, but that doesn't seem a likely deal. Another former All-Star and former Laker, Shaquille O'Neal, is day-to-day, currently resting a sore right leg.

Kobe Bryant had the highest All-Star vote total in the NBA, and will start at guard for the West on Feb. 20, and will be joined by Pau Gasol, who was selected as a reserve. There is a chance Gasol will be named as starting center to replace Yao Ming, who is out for the season. Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Rajon Rondo of the Celtics were all selected as Eastern Conference reserves.

Here is a look at tonight's probable starting lineups:

Lakers (36-16)

Celtics (38-13)

  • Point Guard: Rajon Rondo
  • Shooting Guard: Ray Allen
  • Small Forward: Paul Pierce
  • Power Forward: Kevin Garnett
  • Center: Kendrick Perkins

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Battle Celtics In Boston on TNT, In Search Of Win Against Elite Team

Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers continue their seven-game road trip with revenge on their mind, as they battle Paul Pierce and the Celtics on TNT from TD Garden in Boston. After winning the first two games of their Grammy road trip, the Lakers look to avenge a 109-96 home loss to the Celtics 11 days ago. Since Pau Gasol joined the Lakers in February 2008, the Lakers and Celtics have met 18 times, including two memorable NBA Finals, with the Lakers and Celtics each winning nine times.

While the Lakers have been distracted by all the Carmelo Anthony trade talk of the last two days, seeing the green of the Celtics is an easy way for the team to snap to attention and focus on basketball. The Lakers have treated the Anthony trade talk the way they have discussed their poor record against the top teams in the NBA this season: by complete dismissal. As a team coming off of two consecutive titles, they can be afforded the benefit of the doubt when they say wait until the playoffs, but after five losses in five tries this season against the Spurs, Celtics, Heat, and Mavericks, this is a Laker team in need of a big win. And, for the Lakers, there is no bigger win than one against the Celtics.

Gasol has had a successful road trip so far, averaging 25.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in the first two games. In his last three contests, Gasol has made 27 of 38 field goal attempts, shooting 71.1%. Bryant has made 24 consecutive free throws, dating back to Feb. 1 against Houston. The Celtics are 2-2 since beating the Lakers, with losses at home to Dallas and on the road in Charlotte. Tonight's 5 p.m. PST game will be nationally televised on TNT.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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