L.A. Lakers vs. Boston Celtics: Postgame Grades and Analysis

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L.A. Lakers vs. Boston Celtics: Postgame Grades and Analysis
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The Los Angeles Lakers were the latest victims of the streaking Boston Celtics, as they were snuffed out 116-95 Thursday night.

This one was over before the final quarter began, thanks to superior ball movement by the Celtics. It was a tale of two very different offenses, as the Lakers ran a whole lot of isolations while the Celtics organically came up with points from everywhere.

The Celtics once again placed six players in double-figures, led by Paul Pierce's 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists. The Captain always enjoys showing up to play against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. 

Bryant wound up being the game's leading scorer with 27 points, but that doesn't mean a whole lot in the standings. He got little help from anyone else in purple and gold. Dwight Howard answered the pleas to play, but didn't look good posting nine points and nine rebounds.

The Celtics elevate to 26-23, hopping them over the Milwaukee Bucks for the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference. Another loss further hampers the Lakers' postseason chances, as they fall further out of the playoff race at 23-27.

Let's hit the Bleacher Report classroom to see how everyone graded out in Boston's blowout victory.

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