The Celtics would be at home, looking for their 5th straight win against Kobe in his final game in Boston. All the media around the game was for Kobe & rightfully so as he’s been a legend of the game but there is one man the Boston fans should pay their respects to & that is Brandon Bass. Bass was an important part of the Celtics 2012 playoff run & gave everything he had, every night he was on the floor for Boston. Brandon played 245 of a possible 246 regular season games for the Celtics over the 2012-13, 13-14 & 14-15 seasons + all 30 playoff games in 2011/12, 12/13 & 14/15. Brandon Bass felt he had finally found a home in Boston & had some kind words to say before the game.
Kobe got a standing ovation when being introduced but when the game started it was back to business as the crowd booed him every time he touched the ball. The Lakers jumped out to a 9-6 lead before Jae scored an and 1 basket on Kobe to tie the game. Brandon Bass got a loud cheer as he entered the game. Crowder’s 12th point of the quarter + a Turner layup put Boston up 5. Bass grabbed an offensive rebound & got the put back + harm as he cut a Boston 8 point lead down to 1. The Lakers grabbed 7 rebounds of their misses in the first quarter but Boston was able to hold a 3 point lead at the end of 1.
Russell scored 7 straight for the Lakers as they took a 3 point advantage over Boston. The Celtics were playing a sloppy brand of basketball as the Lakers maintained a 4 point lead after half the 2nd quarter had been played. Back to back baskets by Kobe pushed the Lakers to a 7 point lead. The Celtics closed the quarter well but still trailed 58-56 at the half, despite 15 points from Crowder & Kobe shooting just 2-12.
The emphasis at halftime for Boston was to fix their defence but the Lakers started the 2nd half shooting 2-3 before Boston got consecutive stops that led to a 7-0 run to put us up 3. The Lakers answered with an 8-0 run to force Celtics into a timeout. Los Angeles extended their lead to 14 after back to back baskets by Nick Young. A Marcus Smart put back dunk had the Celtics within 8 but Russell drained a 3 to close out the quarter & have L.A. up 11 with 12 minutes to play
The Celtics fell in love with the three point shot & not many were dropping as the Celtics found themselves still down 12 with only 8:50 remaining. 6 straight points from Evan Turner cut the deficit in half & forced the Lakers into a timeout as they looked to get Kobe back in. Kobe checked back in & immediately scored 5 quick points. Avery Bradley cut the Lakers lead to 2 but as they had done all night, Clarkson responded with 2 big shots that kept the Lakers up 4 with only 2:26 left. Avery forced a steal & scored on the break but Kobe, as he has done for most of his career, hits a clutch 3. Brandon Bass knocked down 2 free throws & the Celtics couldn’t find a way back as the Lakers gave Kobe his ideal farewell in Boston. Celtics dropping this one 112-104.