BOSTON (AP) – Kemba Walker finally defeated LeBron James. And with that, he helped Boston endorse the Lakers their worst stumble in the campaign.
Walker scored 20 points and cut his lousy streak against James, while Jayson Tatum contributed 27 points to lead the Celtics to a landslide victory on Monday by 139-107 over Los Angeles.
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Walker, who spent the first eight seasons of his career in Charlotte, was 0-28 against James.
"I'm glad I won at least one, before he leaves," Walker said with a laugh. “Who knows for how much longer he can play, because it's just amazing. But do you know anything? It's just a win, a win and 28 losses. ”
Jaylen Brown added 20 units and Enes Kanter added 18, in addition to intercepting 11 rebounds, for Boston, which slowed a three-game losing streak. The Celtics allowed the first eight points of the game, but they turned it over when Anthony Davis, who hadn't played in almost two weeks, went to the bench for a couple of fouls in a period of 49 seconds at the beginning of the initial period.
"The less he plays, the better for the rivals," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens.
James finished with 15 goals and 13 assists for the Lakers, who had won 10 of their last 11 games. But the Celtics made 13 of their first 22 triple attempts to open a margin of 103-75 in the third quarter – the biggest against the Lakers this year, until Boston extended it to 34 points in the fourth period.
"We were lucky to put the ball in the basket very often," said Stevens, whose team hit 56% of his shots. "When the ball enters, it disguises many things."