Lakers Vs. Celtics: L.A. Gets Overtime Win In Boston

The Lakers have won four straight games in Boston.

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Lakers Vs. Celtics Final Score: Pau Gasol Secures Overtime Win, 88-87

Pau Gasol found out earlier Thursday that he wasn't named an All-Star reserve, and came out Thursday night and played perhaps his finest game of the season. Gasol scored 25 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and blocked a Ray Allen layup attempt at the buzzer, securing a 88-87 win for the Los Angeles Lakers over the Boston Celtics in overtime Thursday night at TD Garden in Boston.

The game was at times ugly but was nonetheless exciting as the two teams stayed close for most of their 53 minutes on the court. Kobe Bryant scored 27 points for the Lakers, and Andrew Bynum had 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Lakers, who had 15 offensive rebounds on the night.

The Lakers used a 10-2 run to close out the third quarter to take a three-point lead. A back-and-forth fourth quarter culminated with the Celtics having a two-point lead in the final minute, but Gasol tied the game with a putback layup with 9.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Paul Pierce nearly had a triple-double for the Celtics with 18 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists, and had a 19-foot jumper that would have won the game in the final seconds of overtime. His shot rimmed out and went to Allen, who had his layup attempt blocked by Gasol. Allen ended with 22 points for Boston.

The Lakers improved to 2-2 on their six-game road trip and won their fourth consecutive regular season game in Boston. The Lakers head to New York to battle the Knicks on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

For more Lakers news and information, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Vs. Celtics: Steve Blake Back After Missing 13 Games

The Los Angeles Lakers will get have reinforcements in the back court Thursday night as they face the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in a nationally televised game on TNT. Guard Steve Blake, who has missed 13 games with rib injury (specifically a costochaondral fracture), will play against Boston.

Head coach Mike Brown, back from his one-game suspension for bumping referee Zach Zarba in Utah, said before the game that Blake would have no restrictions on his minutes, per Mike Trudell of NBA.com. Brown said of Blake, "He hasn't had a lot of practice time so he'll have to play his way through it."

Blake is averaging 7.3 points and 2.8 assists in 24.3 minutes per game this season, while shooting 35.4% from three-point range. Here are Thursday's probable starting lineups:

Lakers (14-11)

Point Guard: Derek Fisher

Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant

Small Forward: Metta World Peace

Power Forward: Pau Gasol

Center: Andrew Bynum

Celtics (14-10)

Point Guard: Rajon Rondo

Shooting Guard: Ray Allen

Small Forward: Paul Pierce

Power Forward: Kevin Garnett

Center: Jermaine O`Neal

Thursday night's 5 p.m. PST game will be televised by TNT. For more Lakers news and information, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Vs. Celtics: Game Time, TV & Radio Info, And More

The Los Angeles Lakers continue their road trip Thursday night, heading to TD Garden to face their longtime rivals, the Boston Celtics. Here are the relevant details of Thursday's nationally televised NBA game.

Records: Lakers (14-11), Celtics (14-10)

Location: TD Garden in Boston

Time: 5 p.m. PST

TV: TNT, with Marv Albert on play-by-play joined by analysts Mike Fratello and Steve Kerr.

Radio: ESPN Radio, with Jim Durham and Dr. Jack Ramsay on the call.

Offensive Efficiency: Lakers, 103.9 points per 100 possessions (14th in NBA); Celtics, 102.3 (19th)

Defensive Efficiency: Celtics, 97.5 (second); Lakers, 101.5 (11th)

Home vs. Road: The Lakers are just 3-9 on the road this season, including 1-2 on their current six-game road trip. The Celtics are 10-6 at home on the season, after going 33-8 in Boston last season.

Streaking: The Lakers have lost two straight games, while the Celtics have won five straight. The Lakers have won three straight regular season games in Boston and have won five of their last six regular season contests at TD Garden.

For more Lakers news and information, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Vs. Celtics: L.A. Heads To Boston Seeking Rare Road Win

The Lakers have won three straight games in Boston.

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