On This Date 12/25/2008

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The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Boston Celtics 92-83 at the Staples Center in their first meeting since the NBA Finals in June. The Celtics entered the game with a record of 27-2 and were in the midst of a franchise-record 19-game winning streak. The win marked a milestone for coach Phil Jackson, who became the quickest coach to win 1,000 games, improving to 24-5 on the season.