The good times keep rolling on for Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics, who beat the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday night at home for their 10th straight win to improve to 10-2 on the young season.
Playing without All-Star center Al Horford (concussion), the Celtics used a balanced offensive attack to defeat the Lakers, who are now 5-6 after the loss.
Four players scored in double-figures for Boston, with a surprising name at the top of the list.
Center Aron Baynes led the Celtics in scoring with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor. He also grabbed eight rebounds and was active on defense all night.
Irving wasn’t far behind, as the point guard finished with 19 points, six rebounds and five assists and hit some timely shots in the fourth quarter when the young Lakers were starting to cut into the lead.
Swingman Marcus Smart, playing in his first home game as a Celtic, put up 18 points and Terry Rozier was a spark plug off the bench with 14 points and eight rebounds.
For the Lakers, second-year small forward Brandon Ingram and reserve shooting guard Jordan Clarkson paced their offense with 18 points apiece.
Julius Randle played well off the bench, posting 16 points and 12 rebounds in 21 minutes and Kentavious Caldwell–Pope tallied 12 points.
Rookie Lonzo Ball registered nine points, five rebounds and six assists and shot 4-of-15.
The Celtics will look to make it 11 in a row when they take on the Charlotte Hornets Friday. Los Angeles, meanwhile, travels to Washington and faces the Wizards tomorrow.