LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- With their owner Jerry Buss passing away on Monday, Feb. 18, the Los Angeles Lakers played an emotional game with the Boston Celtics and won 113-99 on Wednesday night.
Buss was remembered before the game, and Kobe gave a speech. "On Monday we lost what we all know to be the greatest owner in sports, ever," Bryant said. "He was a brilliant, incredible owner, but he was even a better person with a great heart. His vision transcended the game, and we are all spoiled by his vision and by his drive to win year after year after year. "
The Lakers was behind for a while in the opening quarter, then they dominated the board, as well as the game, and led all the way to the end. The Lakers had 49 rebounds comparing the Celtics' 34.
Dwight Howard had 24 points and 12 rebounds, Kobe Bryant added 16 points. Steve Nash contributed 14 points and 7 assists, giving him 10,144 assists while passing Magic Johnson for sole possession of fourth place on the career list.
The Celtics' Pierce scored the highest 26 points, Courtney Lee had 20 points.