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Published:February 10th, 2012 13:01 EST
Lakers End Losing Streak, to Snap Celtics' Winning Streak

Lakers End Losing Streak, to Snap Celtics' Winning Streak

By Michael Mendoza

Coming off a 9-1 record in their last 10 games, the Boston Celtics five game win was snapped in an overtime loss to the LA Lakers 88-87, who ended their two game losing streak on the road.

Kobe Bryant led the offensive assault, scoring 27 points, but Pau Gasol would be the most valuable player on offense. Scoring 25 points with obtaining 14 rebounds, with an impressive 60 percent field goal percentage, Gasol was a factor from start to finish.

The game was forced to overtime after a long three pointer was missed by Michael Pietrus. In overtime, the Lakers got a jumpstart courtesy of Kobe Bryant, who continued to nail nearly every fade away he attempted.

Paul Pierce would make his presence felt hitting back to back shots, one being a three pointer, putting Boston in a position to control the game. With under seven seconds remaining, a missed shot by Bryant would give Boston one last chance at a potential game winning shot.

Pierce missed a fade away jumper resulting in a blocked put-back by Ray Allen, due to a last second effort by Pau Gasol. The Lakers play the New York Knicks on the road February 10.

All statistic information courtesy of ESPN.