Lakers beat Celtics on March 11, 2012
The Lakers-Celtics is a storied rivalry that never seems to grows old, no matter how old the players get or how far the teams sink into mediocrity.
On Sunday, the Lakers and Celtics got together once more and showed that despite their aging lineups and unimpressive records there remains a competitive fire fueled by history, championships, elbows and personalities.
It took the Lakers a few tense moments and a handful to Celtics’ misses down the stretch before walking away with a 97-94 victory at Staples Center.
“We want to win, we love beating this team,” said Andrew Bynum, who sealed the game with a layup with 15 seconds left. “This was a really big game for us and we came home and we got it.”
Like their seasons so far, the game had a ho-hum feel for much of the first three quarters until Metta World Peace briefly mixed it up with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in the third quarter. World Peace and Pierce received technical fouls and the game suddenly had that Boston-Lakers feel.