You are bound to bump into several superstars across all works of life at Staples Center on any given night. As the Los Angeles Lakers hosted the Boston Celtics on December 7, it was another star-studded courtside, with celebrities looking to witness the game live.
Halfway into the game, Hollywood superstar Ben Affleck was spotted with music legend Jennifer Lopez, who have rekindled their relationship. They were engaged to be married in 2003 but cited "media scrutiny" as the reason for their breakup.
Affleck's support for the Celtics is not in question, as the actor will always find time to make an appearance if the Celtics are in Los Angeles. But there was a bit of confusion among the broadcasters who JLo was rooting for.
"If the Celtics are in town, and Ben Affleck is not filming a movie, directing a movie, odds are he's gonna be here. We know who he's rooting for. We have no idea who JLo is rooting for in this game."
"She should be a Nets fan, wouldn't she?"
It is understandable to think along those lines, as most supporters cheer the teams from their hometown. While JLo is from New York City, she has not publicly declared her support for any NBA franchise.
Nonetheless, it is not uncommon to see superstars at an NBA game, especially in Los Angeles. On this occasion, it could be a case of spending the evening out and enjoying a game of basketball regardless of affiliations.
While the Celtics lost, which might be a dampener for Affleck, it was an enjoyable game of basketball. Both teams had good outings, but the Lakers' superiority made the difference.
Courtesy of Russell Westbrook, the couple will be going home with a branded Lakers towel. The triple-double maestro handed it to Affleck, who sat close to the Lakers bench.
The game ended 117-102 in favor of the Lakers. Jayson Tatum had a great game for the Celtics, recording 34 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists on 13-of-22 shooting from the field. Unfortunately for the C's, the Lakers superstar trio was too much to handle. LeBron James finished the game with 30 points on 13-of-19 shooting from the field, while Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis added 24 and 17 points, respectively.