Smart Misses Final Shot, Celtics Fall To Lakers 108-107

Smart Misses Final Shot, Celtics Fall To Lakers 108-107

One thing that has followed the Celtics around for all their loses this season has been how hard they make it on themselves.

The Lakers beat the Celtics 108-107 to claim their third straight victory and sixth straight victory at home. Marcus Smart had the opportunity to win it with a jumper at the buzzer after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed two free throws, but his three-pointer rimmed out.

Kyle Kuzma scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, showing off a spectacular array of big shots and slick passes.

"That's why we've got practice tomorrow", Kuzma said with a grin.

Marcus Smart had been the Celtics' standout performer with 14 points and four assists at the break, while Jordan Clarkson continued his hot run with 14 points of his own in the first half.

"I think that they're aware certainly", Stevens said of his players.

And there is some sentiment that even though he orchestrated the Celtics' most recent title 10 years ago, and almost had another two years later, falling in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, this might actually be his best coaching job.

"It was a great game for us to learn from", Irving said. "They got a lot of offensive rebounds".

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The Lakers know they will have to live with Kuzma's shot selection, which sometimes can feel like the aggressive and confident rookie is throwing up a heat check when he's not on fire yet.

"You've got to put it all together". Smart then hit two free throws for Boston with 19.2 seconds left after Josh Hart missed two for LA, trimming the lead to 106-105.

Gordon Hayward was with the Celtics after traveling to Los Angeles last week.

Brown scored just nine points on 4-for-11 shooting, while Horford finished with 13. He will stay in town for the next 7-10 days to continue his rehabilitation from his horrifying left ankle injury just five minutes into the season. Apart from the fact that Smart's hand required stitches, there are now no available details with regards to what exactly led to the former Oklahoma State Cowboy's injury. When Kuzma gets hot, the Lakers often get a surge of energy, as does the home crowd, which loves the rookie.

The Lakers will look to keep rolling Friday when they start a five-game road trip at the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers took a 90-89 lead with 6:40 remaining in the game, when Kuzma flipped the ball behind his back to Larry Nance Jr. for a dunk.

They missed ten of 17 free throws in the fourth quarter including four in the final 20 seconds that could have secured the win.

Boston is 14-7 ATS on the road with 12 unders and 9 overs.

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