Los Angeles Lakers defeat Boston Celtics, 92-83

LOS ANGELES -- It was inevitable that the Celtics would lose at some point.

But the rare agony of defeat was much more bitter after their bitter rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers, made it happen.

The defending champion Celtics fell, 92-83, to the Lakers yesterday at Staples Center in the first meeting of the teams since last spring’s NBA Finals. The loss snapped the Celtics' franchise-best 19-game winning streak, and a 10-game road winning streak.

The Lakers outscored...