Jaylen Brown scored four out of 40 points in the last minute and Boston Celtic held out after losing much of their 27-point lead in the fourth quarter, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 121-113 on Thursday night. It was his fifth successive victory.
Brown netted 13 of his first 14 shots in the basket and finished with a hat-trick, but he fell within two goals in his career for the Celtics, who scored eight wins in 11 games despite the embarrassing ending at Staples Center.
With a 113-86 entry with seven minutes remaining, Boston coach Brad Stevens pulled the start off the field. But Tallinn Horton-Tucker and Ben McLemore led the Lakers 24-2, forcing Brown and his teammates back.
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Payton Pritchard and Marcus Smart each scored 15 points for the Celtics, who were never late to the board. Boston won despite only 14 points from Jason Tatum, who cut his streak 11 games with at least 20.
Horton Tucker finished 19 points and Mark Gasol added 18 points for Los Angeles, who have traded wins and losses since March 28.
In addition to the long-standing absence of their originality Anthony Davis and LeBron James, the Boston Lakers faced without their new addition, Andre Drummond, who had suffered a blow to the right toe, and without Markief Morris, with a sprained left ankle. .