Lakers beat Boston Celtics in overtime, 88-87
Pau Gasol had 25 points and 14 rebounds to help the Lakers push past Boston in overtime, 88-87, Thursday at TD Garden.
Kobe Bryant had 27 points and Andrew Bynum had 16 points and 17 rebounds.
Bynum's tip-in off Bryant's miss with 1:20 left in overtime turned out to be the last points scored in the game.
Gasol had a tip-in with 9.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 82-82. Overtime became mandatory after Celtics swingman Mickael Pietrus missed badly from 31 feet as time expired in regulation.
Steve Blake had five points in his first game since sustaining a rib injury almost a month ago. Blake, not Derek Fisher, played the overtime session at points guard for the Lakers.
Ray Allen had 22 points and Kevin Garnett had 12 for Boston on six-for-23 shooting.
The Lakers are 15-11 overall, 4-9 on the road.
-- Mike Bresnahan
Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives past Boston forward Mickael Pietrus during the second quarter of Thursday's overtime victory. Credit: Matt Campbell / EPA