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.