Celtics’ Kemba Walker Downplays First Career Victory Over LeBron James

BOSTON — Kemba Walker did something Monday night he hadn’t done in his entire NBA career — defeat LeBron James.

Walker wasn’t the only contributor to the Celtics’ monster 32-point win over the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden, though he did log the second-highest point total (20) among all scorers.

The star point guard now is 1-28 lifetime against James after losing the first 28 with the Charlotte Hornets. But Walker doesn’t think the victory is the big deal people are making it out to be.

“I have the utmost respect for LeBron and, you know, he’s one of the greatest players of all time,” Walker said. “If anybody, him — if (there’s a guy) guy I couldn’t beat, it’d be him. He’s such a great player and has done so much in this league, you know, he’s been so far. It just feels good to win.”

Instead, Walker focused more on what the team managed to accomplish.

“I’m more excited about the way we played and the way we came out, especially with the struggles we’ve had in the past couple weeks,” Walker said. “That’s what I’m more excited about.”

Hard to disagree there.

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