Lakers vs. Celtics; Score, highlights, updates, news

The long history between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics continues in a holiday showdown.

Both teams are chasing the goal of becoming the first franchise to achieve 18 NBA championships. Recent events suggest that the NBA's third 2023 Christmas Day matchup will be exciting, as the teams met twice last season and went to overtime in both contests.

Boston won each game by four points. The game has multiple storylines and plenty of star power. The Lakers are the favorites to win the NBA title and the season's inaugural champion. Can LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers defeat Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and the Celtics in their first meeting of the current campaign?

In earlier action, the New York Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Denver Nuggets topped the Golden State Warriors.

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  • The Celtics led 58-57 at halftime. Kristaps Porzingis, Jrue Holiday and Jayson Tatum each had 11 points for the Celtics. Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 20 points and seven rebounds.

  • A tight game approaches halftime.

  • The Celtics led 32-23 after a balanced offensive effort in one quarter. Jaylen Brown scored 9 points and Jayson Tatum scored 7 points. The Lakers closed the gap with a 9-0 run in the quarter. Anthony Davis leads the Lakers starters with 13 points and 5 rebounds.

  • In LA, the Boston Celtics jumped out to a 12-0 lead that they extended to 28-10 midway through the first quarter.

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