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Lakers 97, Celtics 94

Celtics go cold late in loss to Lakers

LOS ANGELES - For most of the fourth quarter Sunday, the Celtics appeared to have resurrected the swagger that allowed them to close out difficult games on the road. The only thing they needed for a critical road win against a bitter rival was one more positive offensive possession.

The Celtics had 161 seconds to get one more basket, and their offense had been clicking. But they missed their final six shots and Andrew Bynum scored two key baskets in an 8-0 game-ending Lakers run, handing Boston a 97-94 loss at Staples Center.

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