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Celtics top Lakers, secure All-Star coaching job for Stevens

Celtics top Lakers, secure All-Star coaching job for Stevens”

The fans were more intense than for the average regular-season game, though never to the old standards.

Going into tonight, the Lakers and Celtics were all tied up at 3,252 wins each, the most in National Basketball Association history.

Celtics: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night in the first meeting this season between the longtime rivals.

After Toronto lost to Orlando earlier, Celtics coach Brad Stevens was guaranteed as the coach of the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans next week.

"It's a little silly", said Luke Walton, who was making his L.A. -Boston debut as coach of the Lakers. He's had four games with 20 or more in the fourth.

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They outscored the Celtics in both the third and fourth quarters, but it was not enough to overcome Celtic MVP candidate, Isaiah Thomas, who scored 17 of his 38 points in the 4 period. Amid the chatter that Boston doesn't have a go-to fourth-quarter scorer, Thomas has come out of nowhere to dominate the final 12 minutes in a way we haven't seen since Larry Legend roamed the parquet.

Jae Crowder scored 14 points for the Celtics and Al Horford had 11.

The Celtics were able to hold off their guests the rest of the way, with most of the big shots coming from Thomas. "Eighteen years from now, hopefully".

Thomas, who was the No. 60 pick of the Sacramento Kings in 2011, has been on a Roy Hobbs run of late.

While Sunday's game at TD Garden will probably be a whirlwind, there's one thing the California native definitely wants to do: "I want to give Lucky [the Leprechaun logo at midcourt] one last kiss", he said, according to Forsberg.

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The league's two leading franchises are in different stages of redevelopment.

Thomas might have missed out on setting a franchise mark for 40-point games on Friday, but he's still got a chance to etch his name among Boston legends for other offensive streaks.

Then in the 80s, the Lakers core of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Byron Scott and A.C. Green was complemented by the Celtics in the East with their group which featured Larry Bird, Robert Parish, Kevin McHale and Danny Ainge.

"I don't think they get it", said Walton of his young players' understanding of their six-decade feud with Boston.

"They've got a bright future ahead and I like their young talent", he said.

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Since a 10-10 start, the Lakers have gone 7-25 over the last two months.



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