Lakers 97, Celtics 94: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Squeak Out Narrow Win

Kobe Bryant (26 points) and Andrew Bynum (20 points, 14 rebounds) led the Los Angeles Lakers past the Boston Celtics, 97-94, in their final meeting of the season on Sunday afternoon. Rajon Rondo had 24 points and 10 assists for the Celtics.

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Celtics Vs. Lakers Final Score: Los Angeles Squeaks Out 97-94 Win

Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum led the Los Angeles Lakers on an 8-0 run to close out the game, giving the purple and gold a 97-94 win over the Boston Celtics in possibly the last meeting between these two teams in the Big Three era on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Bryant finished with 26 points and seven assists and Bynum had 20 points and 14 rebounds as Los Angeles shot 50.7 percent. Bryant's 14-foot jumper put L.A. on top 95-94 with 41 second left and a Bynum tip in from Bryant with 15 seconds left sealed the deal. Boston had a chance to tie, but both Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo missed threes.

Rondo started cold, as did the Celtics, but finished with 24 points and 10 assists. Pierce scored 13, Ray Allen added 17 points and Kevin Garnett amassed 14 points and 11 boards. Boston shot 47 percent in the game.

A very slow start put the Celtics in a deep hole early, as Boston missed its first five shots and fell behind by ten, 24-14, after the opening quarter. The Celtics made just 6-of-24 field goals in the quarter, and the Lakers closed out the quarter on a 12-2 run despite coughing the ball up seven times.

Boston fell behind 37-22 near the midway point of the second and was held to 29.3 percent shooting through the 5:29 mark of the quarter, due in part to the lack of success from Pierce and Allen, who were a combined 1-of-11 for two points. But the Celtics recovered and outscored Los Angeles 28-20 in the period to cut their lead to two points 44-42, after a Rondo three at the buzzer heading into the break.

Metta World Peace had a big third quarter for the Lakers, scoring 10 of his 14 points in the frame as Los Angeles pulled ahead by two, 72-70, after three quarters. A back-and-forth fourth quarter was wildly entertaining, but the Lakers had the upper hand and outscored the Celtics 25-24 in the frame to secure their ninth straight home win.

Boston remains in Hollywood to face the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.

Final - 3.11.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Boston Celtics 14 28 28 24 94
Los Angeles Lakers 24 20 28 25 97

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Celtics Vs. Lakers Halftime Score: C's Hanging Around, Down 44-42

Rajon Rondo scored 10 in the first half, three of which came on a three-pointer at the buzzer to end the second quarter, and the Boston Celtics are hanging around with the Los Angeles Lakers, trailing 44-42 at halftime on Sunday afternoon.

Boston had a horrible start to the game, missing their first five shots and falling into an early 7-0 hole. The Lakers took advantage and pulled ahead by ten, 24-14, after a 12-2 run to close out the opening quarter, despite turning the ball over seven times. L.A. expanded its lead to 37-22 with 5:29 left in the second and was shooting 55.2 percent while holding Boston to under 30 percent shooting (29.4 percent). At that point, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were a combined 1-for-11 from the field with two points and the Celtics were being out-rebounded, 23-12.

Kevin Garnett scored eight and had five rebounds, Pierce finished with six points and Avery Bradley scored four off the bench. Boston is shooting 39.5 percent through 24 minutes and holds an 11-5 advantage in the turnover department. Kobe Bryant has 10 points and Andrew Bynum has 11 points and 10 rebounds. L.A. is shooting 51.4 percent.

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Celtics Vs. Lakers: Mickael Pietrus To Play In Los Angeles

The Boston Celtics will hit the West Coast on Sunday night to take on the Los Angeles Lakers. It appears that the Celtics will be at full strength, as Mickael Pietrus is expected to play in the game.

Pietrus suffered a knee injury in Wednesday's blowout loss to the Philadelphia 76ers and missed Boston's last game as a result. The Celtics got along just fine without him in Friday's win over the Pirtland Trail Blazer, but Pietrus should be ready to play against the Lakers.

This season, the small forward is averaging 6.7 points per game and 3.1 rebounds per game. He has not played more than 25 minutes in a game since Feb. 22.

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Celtics Vs. Lakers: Boston Kicks Off Road Trip In Los Angeles

Rajon Rondo and the Boston Celtics (21-18) look for revenge as they face the rival Los Angeles Lakers at 3:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday afternoon at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA (TV/Radio: ABC/WEEI 93.7 FM/850 AM).

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