Celtics win 10th straight
Baynes, Irving lift shorthanded Boston over Lakers, 107-96
The Associated Press
BOSTON — The Celtics are piling up injuries almost as quickly as they are victories this season.
Aron Baynes matched his career high with 21 points, Kyrie Irving scored 19 and Boston overcame injuries to Al Horford and Jayson Tatum to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-96 on Wednesday for their 10th straight win.
Baynes also had eight rebounds and three assists, and Boston improved to 10-2 even as Horford sat out after being placed in concussion protocol earlier in the day. The Celtics then lost rookie forward Tatum to a sore right ankle late in the second quarter.
Coach Brad Stevens said Tatum had X-rays and was fitted with a walking boot as a precaution. He will be re-examined today.
It’s yet another blow for a team that lost Gordon Hayward for the season after a gruesome leg injury on opening night.
“Until we have only four left, I guess we’re just gonna keep playing,” Stevens said.
Boston led by 20 in the second quarter before letting the lead shrink to two in the third. Los Angeles then struggled down the stretch, shooting 5-of-18 from the field with six turnovers in the final period.
Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 18 points apiece. Julius Randle had 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Celtics fans gave rookie Lonzo Ball an icy welcome in his first trip to TD Garden. They booed the No. 2 overall pick throughout the night whenever he touched the ball. He finished with nine points, six assists and five rebounds, going just 4-of-15 from the field.
Ball said he didn’t take offense to the fans’ reception.
“They’re home. I’d boo too if I was a fan,” he said.
Celtics forward Marcus Morris thinks fans should ease up on Ball.
“He’s a good kid — it’s his dad,” Morris said. “He’s got a big mouth, everybody knows it. … He has a long time to do this. He’s a young guy. It kind of sucks that he’s gotta go everywhere and they just boo him and boo him and boo him. He’s just a regular player.”