NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Boston 21 32 21 33 107
LA Lakers 15 30 31 32 108
7:30 PM PT8:30 PM MT9:30 PM CT10:30 PM ET3:30 GMT11:30 8:30 PM MST10:30 PM EST7:30 UAE (+1)04:3022:30 ET9:30 PM CTNaN:� , January 23, 2018
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 18,997

Celtics look to avoid 4th straight loss

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According to STATS

Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Lakers

  1. The Celtics lost their third straight game with a 103-95 loss to Orlando. Boston is shooting just 41.2 percent from the field, 32.1 percent from downtown, and being outscored 102.7 to 96.0 in this losing streak.
  2. The Lakers won back-to-back games by defeating the Knicks at home, 127-107. After losing the first three games of January, Los Angeles has won six of the past eight, tied for the second-best record in the NBA since December 7.
  3. The Celtics defeated the Lakers in Boston when these teams met earlier this season on November 8 and Boston has won four straight against the Lakers. The Celtics are 12-3 (.800) against the Western Conference this season, best record in the NBA.
  4. Kyrie Irving had 40 points in the loss to Orlando on Sunday, the second time this season he's reached the 40-point plateau. This was his highest scoring output in a loss since dropping 45 for Cleveland at Atlanta on April 9, 2017.
  5. Jordan Clarkson had 29 points and 10 assists off the bench for the Lakers on Sunday. The last Laker with at least 25 points and 10 assists off the bench was Magic Johnson who had 30 points and 11 assists as a reserve on February 16, 1996 versus the Mavericks.
  6. For the second straight season, Al Horford is averaging at least five rebounds, five assists, and one three-pointer (7.7 boards, 5.3 assists, and 1.4 triples). Only three other Celtics have ever had a season with these stats: Larry Bird (five times), Antoine Walker (twice), and Paul Pierce (once).

The Boston Celtics were in the middle of a 16-game winning streak when they beat the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this season. Heading into their rematch on Tuesday night at Staples Center, the Celtics are on the verge of losing four in a row for the first time in nearly two years.

Boston (34-13) is reeling from three straight losses at home, most recently a 103-95 defeat Saturday night against the Orlando Magic, who had lost 17 of their previous 19 games.

The Celtics are determined to halt the losing streak at three.

"In my eyes, I feel like we're fighting for our lives right now," Celtics forward Al Horford told the Boston Herald on Monday. "That has to be our mindset going into (Tuesday's) game, and we'll take it a game at a time, focus on (the Lakers) and make sure we come out with a lot of energy and that we're able to sustain it throughout the game."

The Lakers (17-29) have regrouped following a nine-game losing streak and won their past two games and six of eight. They matched their largest margin of victory in a 127-107 win against the visiting New York Knicks on Sunday.

Lakers coach Luke Walton saw better results when he removed his starters while trailing by four points early in the third quarter against New York and inserted rookies Alex Caruso and Kyle Kuzma with Corey Brewer, Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson. They led the Lakers to their fifth straight home victory.

"During our home winning streak, we have been really, really good defensively," Walton told reporters after the game. "I was searching out a group that was willing to play that type of defense. ... We got a group in there that was committed to that end of the floor, and then we just stuck with them because they were playing hard and playing the right way."

Walton has been especially impressed with Caruso, an undrafted point guard who has been given a bigger role as injuries have sidelined starting guards Lonzo Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. He had nine points, eight assists and no turnovers against the Knicks.

"I'm super happy we have him and I hope we keep him," Nance told the Los Angeles Times. "He may not look the part, but that is an NBA player. There's no doubt in my mind. It doesn't shock us. We've seen it in practice; we've seen it in training camp. Seeing it in the game is no surprise."

The Celtics didn't have Horford available when they beat the Lakers 107-96 on Nov. 8 for their 10th straight victory. Horford sat out after taking an elbow to the head two nights earlier against the Atlanta Hawks and being placed in concussion protocol.

Celtics leading scorer Kyrie Irving (24.5) was held to 19 points in the last game against Los Angeles, but he's coming off a 40-point effort in the loss to the Magic.

"I try to be motivated every game, man," he told reporters after the game. "I try to come out and put my team in a great position to win and be there for my guys. I try my hardest to be consistent."

Updated January 23, 2018

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