NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Boston
(Thursday, February 5th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 110, Boston 109 (OT)
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Lamar Odom hit two free throws with 16 seconds remaining and Pau Gasol came up with two big defensive plays late in overtime, as the Lakers beat the Celtics, 110-109, snapping Boston's 12-game winning streak and sweeping the two-game series between the NBA's elite clubs.
Kobe Bryant had 26 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles, which won for the ninth time in 10 games and moved to a league-best 40-9, all while getting another measure of revenge for losing to its long-time nemesis in last year's Finals.
Gasol ended with 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Odom scored 20 for the Lakers, who picked up a 92-83 win over the Celtics on Christmas Day, when they broke Boston's franchise-record 19-game winning streak.
"I think we showed we are a tough team," said Odom. "I think there are teams that think they can push us around and I think we showed they can't."
Newly-named All-Star Ray Allen had 22 points to pace Boston, but his three- point shot at the end was well off the mark as the Celtics (41-10) lost for the first time since January 9 at Cleveland. Paul Pierce ended with 21 points in defeat.
Celtics forward Kevin Garnett returned after a two-game absence due to the flu and had 16 points and six rebounds, but wasn't around to play overtime as he fouled out with 4:22 remaining in the fourth quarter.
"Very tough to watch the team. Probably more than anything, it's frustrating," said Garnett. "I never like to miss any games. I've always said if I can walk, I can play. It tells you what kind of days I had. We're not here to talk about me, we're here to talk about how we let a good opportunity slip."
The Lakers, who are one win away from a perfect six-game road trip, now have to look forward to a meeting with LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Cleveland Sunday afternoon. Just like Thursday, that will be another huge test as the Cavs are 39-9 overall and unbeaten at home (23-0).
A jumper from Glen Davis gave Boston a 109-108 edge with 1:04 left in OT, and Bryant missed a jumper under heavy pressure that opened the door for the Celtics to seal the win. Instead, it was stolen from them.
Davis' jumper was blocked by Gasol, and Odom was fouled.
After the two free throws, Pierce missed a jumper, but Rajon Rondo got the rebound and was fouled outside the three-point line by a falling Derek Fisher with three seconds left.
The Lakers, though, had a foul to give, and Boston was forced to inbound the ball again. Davis received the ball and handed it off to Allen, but his long- distance shot was altered by the combination of Fisher and Gasol as the horn sounded.
"It was a play to where if I was open right there in the corner, if not, Ray comes up for the handoff and look for the shot," said Pierce. "At the end of the games you've got to expect the refs not to make the call and that's the way it goes when you got two of the top teams playing against each other."
With Pierce in his face, Bryant drilled a three-pointer to give the Lakers a 101-100 lead with 1 1/2 minutes left in regulation, but neither team could capitalize offensively after that point. Davis was off on a shot from the left side, but the Lakers were whistled for a 24-second violation.
Pierce was fouled with 29.7 seconds left and made 1-of-2 at the charity stripe and then played great defense on Bryant, who missed a long jumper. Boston got the ball back with 7.7 seconds to go, but Eddie House was off the mark on a wild three-point shot to end the fourth quarter.
"It's more of a statement game for ourselves, knowing that we didn't necessarily play well for three quarters and still managed to find a way to win this game," said Bryant.
Rondo had 16 points, eight rebounds and 12 assists, while House also scored 16, going 4-of-6 from three-point range.
The Lakers led 23-20 after the opening quarter and were ahead by as many as nine in the second until Boston rallied and went ahead 52-51 at the half, courtesy of Rondo's layup in the closing seconds.
The third quarter was tight and physical with Bryant and Rondo nearly coming to blows. Rondo used his left hand to shove Bryant, who then pointed in the face of the Boston guard as technicals were handed out at the 9:01 mark.
Three-pointers from Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic keyed LA's late push in the third, but the Lakers trailed 81-77 moving to the fourth.
Garnett fouled out on a touch call on a loose-ball play.
"That's a critical factor," said Lakers coach Phil Jackson. "I didn't think he was quite ready to play. He didn't look up to par, but even with him up to 90 percent, he's still a guy who can make shots and do a lot of things defensively."
Earlier Thursday, Allen was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team as an injury replacement for Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson...Boston plays at New York Friday night before hosting the Spurs Sunday afternoon...Fisher scored 13...Over his past eight games, House is 28-of-45 from beyond the arc...Bryant went 10-of-29 from the field.
02/06 00:41:36 ET