If you like story lines then this game was for you.
Tonight’s game was the first for Los Angeles since their legendary owner Jerry Buss died. Before the game a tribute for Buss was played and Kobe Bryant addressed the crowd as a spotlight was put on Buss’ seat in the stadium.
The trade deadline is only hours away and both Boston (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, Avery Bradley, etc.) and the Lakers (Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol) have been heavily rumored in numerous trades.
Steve Nash was going for fourth on the all-time assists list.
The Lakers (26-29) had a horrible first half of the season and need to turn things around quickly if they want any hope of making the playoffs.
Boston (28-26) was playing in the second game of a back-to-back after losing to the Nuggets the night before and needs to keep winning to avoid the dreaded eighth seed in the playoffs and a first round matchup with Miami.
Oh, and it was Celtics vs. Lakers for the second and...