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Celtics win their 10th in a row, but L.A. makes it interesting after trailing by 21

Tania Ganguli, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Basketball

BOSTON -- Before Wednesday night, Lonzo Ball had only heard about the Los Angeles Lakers' rivalry with the Boston Celtics. His father used to show him old footage of games between the teams.

On Wednesday night, Ball got a small taste of it himself.

The green-clad fans at the TD Garden booed him heartily early in the game.

"It's their home," Ball said. "I'd boo too if I was a fan."

The boos eventually subsided, but the energy in the building didn't. The Lakers never led after making the first basket in their 107-96 loss. It was Boston's 10th win in a row after the Celtics lost their first two games of the season.

The Celtics have also won four consecutive games against the Lakers -- their longest winning streak in the rivalry since they won 10 in a row in the 1970s. The loss dropped the Lakers to 5-6 as they began a four-game trip.

Boston did it shorthanded -- big man Al Horford was out with a concussion and rookie forward Jayson Tatum missed most of the game after suffering a right ankle injury in the second quarter. Still, Celtics center Aron Baynes led all scorers with 21 points while point guard Kyrie Irving had 19.

Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 18 points, while Julius Randle, who did not play until the second quarter, scored 16 with 12 rebounds. Ball scored nine points, making only four of 15 shots, with five rebounds, six assists and a game-high four blocked shots.

Randle normally comes off the bench in the first quarter, but Wednesday night, Lakers coach Luke Walton opted to bring in reserve center Andrew Bogut into the game early instead.

"We needed some toughness out there," Walton said. "Bogut's a big, tough man. To me offensively we were playing a little selfish and defensively we were getting big-boyed on the court. So Bogut is a brilliant passer, very unselfish player and he's tough. So we went there to try to slowly turn the tide of how the game was going."

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