Lakers outlast Celtics, end losing skid


    ANTHONY Davis had 27 points and 14 rebounds in his return from a quad injury, LeBron James scored 21 and the Los Angeles Lakers survived a late rally by the host Boston Celtics to win 96-95 Saturday night (Sunday in Manila).

    Kemba Walker missed what would have been a game-winning shot for the Celtics with 2.7 seconds left, and Daniel Theis whiffed on the follow up as the Lakers avoided blowing a seven-point lead with 1:40 remaining.

    Montrezl Harrell added 16 points for Los Angeles, which snapped a two-game losing streak.

    Davis had missed the team’s matchup in Detroit two nights prior.

    Jayson Tatum had 30 points and Jaylen Brown scored 28 for Boston, which lost for the fifth time in its last seven games.

    A Dennis Schroder three-point play put the Lakers ahead 96-89, but two Walker free throws and back-to-back buckets from Tatum got the Celtics within one with 32.8 seconds to go.

    Walker blocked a shot by Davis with 10.8 seconds remaining but couldn’t convert on the other end to seal the result.

    In other games, it was the Blazers 123, Bulls 122; Heat 105, Kings 104; Rockets 126, Pelicans 112; Hornets 126, Bucks 114; Grizzlies 129, Spurs 112; Suns 111, Mavericks 105; Warriors 118, Pistons 91.