Isaiah Thomas (38 points), Celtics beat Lakers, reach franchise milestone
|02.03.17 at 11:43 pm ET|
The Boston Celtics now have the most wins in NBA history.
In a showdown between two of the league’s most storied franchises, the Celtics defeated the Lakers, 113-107 and set the NBA team record for most cumulative regular-season wins.
Both teams entered Friday’s contest at TD Garden tied at 3,252 all-time regular-season victories before Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics fended off their opponent in the final frame and improved to 32-18. Thomas finished with a game-high 38 points and poured in 17 fourth-quarter points to push the Celtics to their sixth consecutive win.
With 3:50 left, the Lakers pulled to within seven points (101-94) and gave up a golden opportunity to make it a four-point game after the C’s surrendered three offensive rebounds. Boston allowed Louis Williams and D’Angelo Russell each take turns jacking up four straight 3-pointers until Al Horford finally pulled down a defensive rebound — which led to Thomas scoring four straight points.
From there, the Celtics held on.
Jae Crowder finished with 18 points and Jaylen Brown added 12 points to go with his 7 rebounds while Horford flirted with a triple-double (11 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists).
Williams (21) and Russell (20) combined for 41 points and Larry Nance Jr. added 18 points.
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After Terry Rozier knocked in a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter, the Celtics picked up their offensive momentum and kicked off the second quarter hitting nine of their first 11 attempts, including all 10 of Jaylen Brown’s first-half points. The C’s outscored their opponent, 33-21 in the frame and took a 62-51 lead into halftime.
Midway through the third quarter, the Celtics went on a 12-2 run and grabbed a 17-point advantage — their biggest lead of the night. However, the Lakers had no response for Thomas’ 17 points as the league’s second-leading scorer continues his offensive hot streak by scoring 30-plus points for the fourth straight game.
With the win, Celtics coach Brad Stevens is officially the head coach of the Eastern Conference All-Star team. Although Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue has led his team to the best record in the east he cannot coach the All-Star team in back-to-back years due to the “Pat Riley Rule.” Therefore, the coach with the second-best record is given the honor.
The rule was named after former Lakers head coach Pat Riley, who earned the right to coach the Western Conference team eight times in nine seasons between 1982 and 1990.
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