Lakers end seven-game losing streak by beating Celtics in overtime
The Lakers ended their seven-game losing streak with an emotional, overtime victory over the rival Boston Celtics.
Despite blowing a nine-point lead with a minute and a half left in the fourth quarter, the Lakers pulled away in the extra session on a twelve to five run.
Jeremy Lin led all scorers with 25 points off the bench on 10-of-15 shooting, along with six assists.
Reserve Jae Crowder was Boston’s high-scorer with 22 points in 30 minutes.
The Lakers seemed to have the game in hand, but Nick Young missed a free throw with 8.2 seconds left.
Avery Bradley hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime after the Lakers chose not to foul when ahead by three points.
Carlos Boozer, who started for the Lakers after Coach Byron Scott chose not to play him at all Friday in a loss to the Brooklyn Nets, was the only Lakers starter in double figures with 12 points. Boozer replaced rookie Tarik Black, who went scoreless in almost four minutes.
Wesley Johnson, who also didn’t play against Brooklyn, scored 22 points on nine-of-11 shooting. Young added 19 points and Jordan Hill 10 as the team’s bench scored 84 of the Lakers’ 118 points.
Isaiah Thomas, traded to the Celtics on Thursday by the Phoenix Suns, made his debut with Boston, scoring 21 points before getting a quick ejection after arguing a call in the fourth quarter.
Bradley scored 20 points, Brandon Bass 15, Evan Turner 12 (on five-of-19 shooting) and Marcus Smart 11. Young did a solid job defensively guarding Turner in overtime, stopping the 6-foot-7 forward when isolated in the post.
Ronnie Price fouled out after an important 18 minutes, ending with just three points but four rebounds, four steals and five assists.
Smart also left the game before overtime, collecting his sixth foul after 31 minutes. He finished with 11 points, five rebounds and three assists.
The Lakers shot 51.2% from the field and 38.9% from behind the arc (7-18) but missed 13 of 38 (65.8%) of their free throws.
Boston shot 42.9% and 24.2%, respectively, while converting 19 of 27 (70.4%) from the free-throw line.
Rookie Jordan Clarkson played only 17 1/2 minutes, scoring nine points, while Lin was the driving force for the Lakers in the win.
With the victory, the Lakers climb to 14-41. They’ll visit the Utah Jazz (20-34) on Wednesday night. The Celtics (22-32) play again on Monday in Phoenix against the Suns (29-27).
Lakers 103, Celtics 103 (end of fourth quarter)
Avery Bradley took advantage of a Nick Young missed free throw, hitting a three-pointer as time expired to force overtime.
The Lakers held a nine-point advantage, 103-94, with 1:28 left in the fourth quarter.
Celtics point guard Marcus Smart and Lakers reserve guard Ronnie Price both fouled out in regulation while Celtics reserve guard Isaiah Thomas was ejected after arguing a call.
Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin and Thomas lead all scorers with 21 points apiece.
Celtics 78, Lakers 73 (end of third quarter)
The Lakers and Celtics battled closely through the third quarter, but Boston went on a late run to finish ahead by five points.
Isaiah Thomas leads all scorers with 18 points in 21 minutes, along with five rebounds but just one assist.
The Lakers got 13 points from Wesley Johnson on five-of-six shooting, 12 points from Jeremy Lin and 10 from Jordan Hill -- all off the bench. Jordan Clarkson’s nine points was the most for the team’s starters.
Brandon Bass has 13 points while Avery Bradley has 12 for Boston, which is shooting 44.1% from the field with 10 turnovers.
The Lakers are shooting 48.2% with 16 miscues.
Celtics 58, Lakers 56 (halftime)
Jeremy Lin helped the Lakers overtake the Celtics, overcoming a nine-point deficit to climb ahead by six points.
By the end of the first half, Boston was back on top with a two-point lead.
Lin scored 12 points on four-of-five shooting in 12 minutes off the bench. The Lakers are shooting 52.6% from the field and 42.9% (3 of 7) from behind the arc . Of the Lakers’ 20 field goals, only eight have been assisted.
The Celtics are shooting 48.9% and 23.5% (4-7), respectively. Thirteen of Boston’s 22 baskets have been assisted.
Newly acquired Celtics reserve guard Isaiah Thomas leads all scorers with 15 points in 15 minutes. Brandon Bass has 11 and Avery Bradley 10 for Boston.
No other Laker hit double figures, although reserve Wesley Johnson has seven.
Celtics 32, Lakers 26 (end of first quarter)
The Boston Celtics led the Lakers through most of the first quarter, pulling ahead by as many as nine points.
The Lakers closed the gap to six by the end of the quarter, led by Jordan Hill with six points off the bench.
Coach Byron Scott moved veteran forward Carlos Boozer into the starting lineup for Tarik Black. Boozer scored two points in seven minutes.
The Celtics were led by newcomer Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley with eight points each. Boston shot 56.5% from the field with three turnovers.
The Lakers made 50% of their shots from the field and had five turnovers.
The Lakers (13-44) host the Boston Celtics (20-32) on Sunday night at Staples Center.
Boston recently traded with the Phoenix Suns for point guard Isaiah Thomas, who should make his Celtics’ debut against the Lakers.
The Lakers will play without Kobe Bryant (shoulder), Julius Randle (knee) and Steve Nash (back), who are all done for the season.
Jared Sullinger (foot) is also out for the year while Kelly Olynyk is sidelined with an ankle injury.
For an in-depth breakdown, check out out Preview: Lakers vs. Boston Celtics.
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