Depleted Lakers ruin Rondo's return

Reuters/The Sports Xchange

Posted at Jan 18 2014 05:38 PM | Updated as of Jan 19 2014 05:06 AM

The depleted Los Angeles Lakers staged a rally down the stretch and defeated an old foe, 107-104, spoiling point guard Rajon Rondo's return to the Boston lineup.

The Lakers scored the game's final 11 points and pulled out a 107-104 victory over the Celtics.

The Lakers ended a six-game overall losing streak and a seven-game road skid.

Rondo, out since tearing his right ACL on Jan. 25 last year, became Boston's 15th captain before the game and playing four five-minute "shifts," he scored eight points.


Clippers 109, Knicks 95

The Los Angeles Clippers matched a season-high five straight wins after knocking off the New York Knicks 109-95.

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 32 points, Jamal Crawford came off the bench to record 29 points and DeAndre Jordan registered his 18th double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds.

The Clippers (28-13), who lead the Pacific Division, are now 5-1 since Chris Paul separated his shoulder on Jan. 4.

The Knicks (15-24) dropped their third in a row after capturing five straight. Carmelo Anthony led five Knicks in double figures with 26 points and 20 rebounds.