Boston Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers, 87-86

This time, the snake wasn’t around to strike.

Under normal circumstances, if a team had a 1-point lead with less than two minutes over the first-place Lakers, they’d still be only a clutch jumper away from Kobe Bryant ripping out their hearts and hopes.

These weren’t normal circumstances. Bryant was out with a high ankle sprain. The Celtics didn’t have to worry about the Lakers’ last second assassin.

Rajon Rondo kissed a floater off the glass over Lamar Odom, giving ...

Ray Allen missed a potential game-winning shot at the final horn the last time the Boston Celtics played the Los Angeles Lakers

He was determined to make Derek Fisher suffer the same fate in the rematch.

Allen's key defensive stop Thursday night secured an 87-86 victory for the Atlantic Division leaders. He also scored 12 of his 24 points in the third quarter and made 10 of his first 11 shots, helping send the defending NBA champions to their first loss in five games...