Instead, the Lakers got hot from three-point range with baskets from
The Celtics struggled to score but forced a jump ball with 18.3 seconds left. With two athletic players going for the ball in Wallace and Johnson, the initial tip went directly out of bounds. The officials originally rules it Lakers' ball but upon review of the replay called for a re-jump.
Kelly, who started the second half in place of
After only a single miscue in the first quarter, the Lakers finished the game with 20 turnovers -- nearly 21 until Kelly collected that late jump ball.
Meeks finished with 17 points while Johnson contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Lakers shot 50% from the field and 60% from three-point range (12-20).
Boston shot 44.4% from the field, collected 13 offensive rebounds compared to the Lakers' eight, and turned the ball over only eight times. They Lakers took 28 free throws, making 21, to the Celtics' 11 attempts.
Rondo finished with eight points and four assists in just less than 20 minutes. Six Celtics scored in double figures: Wallace (14),
The Lakers (15-25) continue their seven-game road trip on Sunday, visiting the
The Celtics (14-27) travel to Orlando to face the
The Lakers are shooting 48.3% but have turned the ball over 14 times.
Lakers point guard
After falling behind by 13 points, the Lakers rallied to score nine in a row until Celtics forward
Eight second-quarter turnovers shifted the game in favor of Boston, which was led by forward
Boston turned the ball over just twice in the first half, once each quarter.
The Celtics scored 23 points despite making only 34.6% of their shots from the field.
The Lakers (14-25) play their second game of a seven-game road trip, visiting the Boston Celtics (14-26) at
Rajon Rondo is expected to make his return after sitting out almost a year with a knee injury.
The Lakers have a long list of players out of action:
Newcomer Manny Harris, freshly signed by the Lakers from the
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