NO Anthony Davis, no problem?
The Los Angeles Lakers found a way to prevail after the trade deadline expired without getting Davis in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans, hacking out a 129-128 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday, Manila time at the TD Garden.
Rajon Rondo haunted his former team with the game-winning basket with two-tenths of a second left, while LeBron James posted a triple-double of 28 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists, along with three steals to lead the Lakers to the impressive road win.
Rondo also finished with an all-around game of 17 points, 10 assists, and seven boards as the Lakers arrested a two-game skid to return to .500 at 28-27, while snapping the Celtics’ five-game winning streak.
Rondo, who won an NBA title with the Celtics in 2008, took advantage of second-chance possession after Al Horford blocked Brandon Ingram’s layup attempt.
Kyle Kuzma added 25 points, five rebounds, two assists, and one block, while Javale McGee and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each chipped 17 markers for LA, which atoned for a 42-point loss at Indiana.
Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 24 points and eight assists, while Jayson Tatum added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Daniel Theis contributed 20 points off the bench in a losing effort.