Rajon Rondo hit a mid-range jumper to beat the Boston Celtics at the buzzer Thursday night, giving the Los Angeles Lakers a thrilling 129-128 road win.
LeBron James led the way for the visitors with a triple-double of 28 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists.
The C’s, however, took solace in the fact that Anthony Davis didn’t up in a Purple and Gold jersey at Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.
“A storybook ending,” LeBron declared.
It was a thrilling finish to an otherwise crushing day for Lakers fans, who hoped for Davis to don their uniform by the weekend. In one of the most active deadline days ever, a multitude of trades impacted contending teams such as Milwaukee, Toronto and Philadelphia. Yet all eyes remained fixed on two storied franchises that ultimately … did nothing.
[Kyrie] Irving was asked by ESPN what he made of the fact that neither the Lakers nor the Celtics made a significant transaction at the deadline, yet continued to dominate the narrative because of their pursuit of Davis.
“It’s the nature of the business,” Irving shrugged. “It’s been like this for a while.”