NBA wrap: Aron Baynes steps up to lead Celtics past Lakers for 10th straight win

Aron Baynes excelled with a game-high 21 points, eight rebounds and three assists to lead the Celtics to its 10th straight win.

Boston Celtics' Aron Baynes hangs from the rim after a dunk during his 21-point haul against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.   -  APx

The Celtics earned its 10th straight win Wednesday, defeating the Lakers 107-96 in Boston.

Celtics star center Al Horford missed the game with a concussion, but Aron Baynes stepped up in his place with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting, eight rebounds and three assists.

Kyrie Irving added 19 points, six rebounds and five assists, but he shot just 7 of 21 (0 for 7 from 3-point range). Marcus Morris added 18 points for the Celtics, and Terry Rozier scored 14 points from off the bench.

 

Boston rookie lottery pick Jayson Tatum left the game early with a right ankle injury after scoring five points in just nine minutes of action. The Celtics (10-2) lead the Eastern Conference, but they have suffered a myriad of injuries.

 

The Lakers had six players score double-figures, but Lonzo Ball was not one of them. The No. 2 overall pick in this year's NBA Draft, scored just nine points on 4 of 15 shooting. He is shooting under 30 percent from the field this season.

"Its in my head to be honest. I know I can shoot the ball," Ball said, via ESPN.com.

Los Angeles (5-6) clawed back from a 33-16 first-quarter deficit, but its young stars couldn't secure a big road win.

STUDS OF THE NIGHT

Pistons center Andre Drummond scored 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting with 21 rebounds and four assists in a 114-97 win over the Pacers. Drummond did miss all seven of his free-throw attempts, but he has looked like an All-Star so far this season while leading Detroit to an 8-3 record.

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Klay Thompson scored 28 points with five rebounds in a 125-101 win over the Timberwolves. Playing without Kevin Durant, Golden State still had no trouble dispatching Minnesota's young squad.

DUD OF THE NIGHT

Suns rookie lottery pick Josh Jackson struggled again Wednesday in a 126-115 loss to the Magic. Jackson scored just five points with one assist, one rebound and three turnovers in 10 minutes of action. Jackson has now scored under 10 points in five of his last eight games.

HIGHLIGHT

Irving with the sweet handles:

 

WHAT'S NEXT

Cavaliers (5-6) at Rockets (8-3) — James Harden has displayed MVP-like form so far this season, averaging 29.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 9.7 assists per game. The Cavs havs struggled with consistency, losing five out of its last seven games, but it has also defeated the Wizards and Bucks during that stretch.

Houston, winners of three straight, has seven players averaging at least 8.5 points per game.

WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS

Boston Celtics 107-96 Los Angeles Lakers
Golden State Warriors 125-101 Minnesota Timberwolves
Detroit Pistons 114-97 Indiana Pacers
Orlando Magic 112-99 New York Knicks
Miami Heat 126-115 Phoenix Suns

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