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  • August 13, 2019 1:56 AM EDT

    BOSTON - Tyler Zeller scored a career-high 24 points and he can thank Rajon Rondo for most of them. Black Friday Shoes Sale .The point guard assisted on seven of Zellers 10 baskets as Bostons new starting centre led the Celtics to a 113-96 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.The more I play with him, the easier it gets, Zeller said. Everybody knows hes a phenomenal passer. Hes going to find the right guy, the open guy. Tonight, it was me.Zeller came off the bench in the first 13 games this season after being traded by Cleveland in July. Hes started the last four.Rondo was just so much more aggressive, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. Any time that hes probing like that, Tylers going to roll to the rim and be available.Rondo finished with 12 points, 16 assists and eight rebounds. Zeller had a season-high 14 rebounds and the Celtics went ahead for good less than two minutes into the game to record their second straight win after five consecutive losses.Just didnt show a lot of energy to start the game, Lakers coach Byron Scott said of his team. They moved the ball a lot better than we did.Kobe Bryant scored 22 points but made only 9 of 21 shots as the Lakers lost their second straight game after winning two in a row.Its an up and down thing for us in terms of how we play, Bryant said. Frustration is good. You have to be able to use your frustration in the right way and channel it to have good performances.The Lakers had cut a 92-78 deficit to 92-83 with 7:49 remaining on a three-point play by Nick Young. Then a long jumper by Avery Bradley began a 13-point Celtics run that put them ahead 105-83 with 3:54 left. They led by at least 17 the rest of the way.Jordan Hill gave Los Angeles a 3-0 lead with a three-point play. But a jumper by Bradley followed by a layup by Jeff Green with 10:45 to go gave Boston a lead it never lostThe rivalry between the now-struggling franchises reached its height in the mid-80s when the teams led by Magic Johnson of Los Angeles and Larry Bird of Boston met for the NBA title three times with the Lakers winning twice. In their most recent championship series, the Lakers won in seven games in 2009-10.It is unique to think (that) youre driving downtown to play the Lakers, Stevens said before the game. Its a unique, unique rivalry and its neat to be a part of.Leading 53-48 at halftime, the Celtics began the third quarter with a 10-3 run with Green scoring eight. That made it 63-51, but the Lakers cut the lead to 67-60. Then the Celtics scored nine straight points, seven by Jared Sullinger, and led 76-60 with 4:16 left in the third quarter.The Celtics had used a 10-0 run to take a 25-9 lead on Rondos layup. The Lakers cut that to 30-20 entering the second.THE STATS STORYThe Celtics outrebounded and outshot the Lakers by wide margins. Boston held a 68-44 advantage on the boards and made 51.1 per cent of its shots while the Lakers connected on 41.3 per cent.GUARDING KOBEStevens rotated several defenders on Bryant, the NBAs leading scorer. It was important for us to make sure that we had a fresh guy on him, said Green, who finished with 19 points.TIP-INSLakers: Bryant increased his career total to 32,194 points (plus today) and trails Michael Jordan, with 32,292, for third-place all-time. ... Assistant coach Paul Pressey is the father of Celtics backup guard Phil Pressey. I dont know about the young fella, Scott said before the game, but his Dad is old school. So once the ball goes up, theyre no longer father and son until that game is over.Celtics: Second-year coach Stevens coached against Bryant for the first time Friday night. Bryant was sidelined for both meetings last season. Most every player has tendencies that you try and take away, Stevens said. He just scores in such a variety of ways.... Rondo did not attempt a free throw and is 9 for 30 this season.UP NEXTLakers: Host New Orleans on Sunday.Celtics: Host Washington on Sunday. Black Friday Shoes Deals .com) - Patrick Reed poured in a 19-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Monday to defeat Jimmy Walker and win the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Wholesale Black Friday Shoes . -- LeGarrette Blount made one last big splash into a soggy end zone.RALEIGH, N.C. - The goal-challenged Carolina Hurricanes didnt exactly light up the scoreboard Friday night, but theyre hoping their 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night is a sign of good things to come.Carolina relied on a solid game from Cam Ward, who has had to endure the Hurricanes lack of offence this season. The Hurricanes won for just the third time since early December, reaching two goals for the fourth time in the past 14 games.Playing with a lead, it helps relax everybody, said Ward, who finished with 20 saves. Its no secret that its been difficult sometimes to score goals for our hockey club, so to come up with a big goal early and respond again in the second period, was uplifting. It was huge.The Flyers, who have lost four in a row, are breathing easier after an injury to captain Claude Giroux was deemed not as serious as it appeared it might have been. Giroux left with 15 minutes left after suffering a cut on his left leg from the skate of Hurricanes defenceman Justin Faulk.Giroux said afterward he probably could play Saturday at New Jersey, Philadelphias last game on an eight-game road trip.Giroux, who has 13 goals and 30 assists this season, said he was lucky the injury he suffered was not more serious. He also credited thicker socks with helping lessen the severity of the cut, for which he was helped off the ice and taken to the Hurricanes dressing room for medical attention.I knew I got hit, said Giroux, who did not know how many stitches he received. I kind of tried to put pressure on it, and it felt really weird. . Im just happy Im good.The Hurricanes got a boost from new father Jordan Staal, who has two assists in two games after missing three months with a broken right fibula suffered in the preseason. Staal was in the lineup about 17 hours after his wife gave birth to their first chhild, Abigail, early Friday. Black Friday Shoes Free Shipping. Staal hit the post on a shot in the second period during a flurry that eventually led to his brother Eric scoring on a rebound. Eric Staals goal, his 10th of the season, put Carolina ahead 2-0 at 41 seconds of the second period.Eric Staal said life was easier playing on the same line as his younger — but bigger — brother.Hes a big, strong man who can control pucks and get on the forecheck, Eric Staal said. He creates more open ice in the neutral zone.Philadelphia, which got 24 saves from Steve Mason, fell to 6-12-4 on the road and 4-15-4 when allowing the first goal. Philadelphia didnt reach the 10-shot mark until the final five minutes of the second period and was outshot 26-21 overall.Chris Vandevelde scored his second of the season for Philadelphia, taking a pass from Vincent Lecavalier and beating Ward with 11:07 remaining.Carolina allowed no goals on three power plays by Philadelphia, improving to 19 consecutive penalty kills.Malone opened the scoring for Carolina about 14 minutes into the first period. He skated in on the left and beat Mason to the glove side for his first goal.Zach Boychuk assisted on the goal, Carolinas sixth in six games. The lead easily could have been larger in the first period, but Brett Bellemore hit the post with 6 seconds left in the period. Mason stopped Jordan Staal and Jay McClement on one-on-one opportunities.NOTES: The Hurricanes played without forwards Jeff Skinner and Alexander Semin. Skinner has flu-like symptoms, according to coach Bill Peters, who said Semin remained out of the lineup as he tries to return from a variety of ailments and illnesses. Semin has played once since Dec. 7. . Philadelphias Lecavalier has five points (four goals, one assist) during the seven road games. Vandeveldes goal was the third of his NHL career. ' ' '