Boston 94, L.A. Lakers 97

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, March 11, 2012 3:30 PM
Location - Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Officials - #74 Curtis Blair, #17 Joe Crawford, #40 Leon Wood
Attendance - 18997

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Boston 14 28 28 24 94
L.A. Lakers 24 20 28 25 97

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Boston 21-19 16-8 5-11 L1
L.A. Lakers 25-16 18-2 7-14 W2

Recap


LAKERS 97, CELTICS 94: Kobe Bryant scored 26 points and host Los Angeles scored the final eight points to win its ninth straight home game.

Center Andrew Bynum had 20 points and 14 rebounds - his 12th double-double in 13 games - to help the Lakers improve to 18-2 at the Staples Center.

Metta World Peace added 14 points and Pau Gasol had 13 points and 13 boards for Los Angeles, which won at Boston in overtime last month.

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead all five starters in double figures, but Boston was held scoreless for the final 2 minutes, 40 seconds after matching its biggest lead at 94-89.

The teams were never separated by more than four points in the fourth quarter until Ray Allen's 3-pointer put the Celtics ahead 94-89 with 2:40 to play.

Bryant responded by sandwiching a pair of jumpers around an alley-oop pass to Bynum for a 95-94 edge, and Bynum made it a three-point game by connecting in the lane with 15.5 seconds to play.

A tying 3-point attempt by Rondo was off the mark, dropping Boston to its second loss in eight games since the All-Star break.

Allen added 17 points and Brandon Bass had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Celtics in the opener of a eight-game road trip.

Boston used an 11-1 run to take a 53-48 lead in the third, but World Peace scored 10 points in the quarter to rally Los Angeles to a 72-70 edge entering the fourth.

The opening half featured a series of spurts. The Lakers had a late 12-0 burst to take a 24-14 lead after the opening quarter and appeared on the verge of a blowout, building the margin to 37-22 with 7 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter.

Boston responded by closing the half with a 20-7 burst, capped by Rondo's 3-pointer at the buzzer, to go to the locker room trailing 44-42.

GAME NOTEBOOK: World Peace tied his season high by hitting three 3-pointers. ... Los Angeles tied Miami and Oklahoma City for the most home wins and best home record ... Boston's Kevin Garnett had nine of his 11 rebounds on the defensive end. He is second on the all-time list with 10,131 defensive boards. 

Top Game Performances

Boston   L.A. Lakers
Rajon Rondo 24 Scoring Kobe Bryant 26
Rajon Rondo 10 Assists Kobe Bryant 7
Kevin Garnett 11 Rebounds Andrew Bynum 14
Paul Pierce 4 Free Throws Made Kobe Bryant 5
Kevin Garnett 3 Steals Steve Blake 2
Greg Stiemsma 3 Blocks Matt Barnes 1

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Boston 94 47.0 6-17 10-12 33 34 8 11 12
L.A. Lakers 97 50.7 8-16 17-26 25 42 3 8 18

Upcoming Games

  • L.A. Lakers will play their next game on the road against Memphis. The Lakers have a W/L % of .583 after a win and .647 after a loss.
  • Boston will play their next game on the road against L.A. Clippers . The Celtics have a W/L % of .636 after a win and .389 after a loss.
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