Boston: Los Angeles' Pau Gasol blocked Ray Allen's putback attempt at the buzzer in overtime as the Lakers held on to beat the Boston Celtics 88-87 in Thursday's clash of the NBA's old rivals.
Kobe Bryant had 27 points, Gasol finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who had lost six of seven on the road going into this game.
Allen scored 22 points for the Celtics, who had won five in a row. But Kevin Garnett was 6 for 23 from the field and Paul Pierce was 7 for 18, including a clean-look jump shot at the end of overtime. It rimmed out and Allen tried to push the rebound in, but Gasol got his fingertips on it and it floated away as the buzzer sounded.