Lakers outlast Celtics in OT

11:32 PM, Feb 9, 2012   |    comments
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Boston, MA (Sports Network) - The battle between the Lakers and Celtics was fittingly decided in overtime, and it was Andrew Bynum's late tip-in that proved to be the difference in Los Angeles' 88-87 victory.

The Lakers have won six of seven against Boston at TD Garden, thanks in part to Kobe Bryant's 27 points and double-doubles by Bynum and Pau Gasol on Thursday.

Bynum totaled 16 points and 17 rebounds, while Gasol added 25 and 14, including a tip-in with 9.8 seconds left in regulation that tied things at 82.

The Celtics, who came in riding a five-game winning streak, failed to get a quality attempts off at the end of the fourth quarter, and missed four shots in the final 70 seconds of overtime.

Ray Allen paced Boston with 22 points and All-Star Paul Pierce added 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Kevin Garnett posted 12 points and 12 boards, but shot just 2-of-13 from the floor after halftime in defeat.

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