Lakers 116-95 Celtics; Pierce leads Boston

Boston, Massachusetts (Sporting Alert) — Paul Pierce led from the front in guiding the Boston Celtics to a 116-95 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden on Thursday night.

Pierce shot 10-for-17 from the field to finish with 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Celtics. Jeff Green and Jason Terry combined for 34 points from the bench.

Green had 19 points, while Terry, who hit 2-of-2 from three-point range, added 15 for Boston, which won its sixth straight since losing All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo.

Kobe Bryant, as usual, paced the Lakers with a game high 27 points, but his efforts weren’t good enough to save Los Angeles this time.

Jodie Meeks scored 13 points and Antawn Jamison had 11 from reserved roles for the LA Lakers.

Lakers shot a troubling 21-percent from behind the arc on 5-for-23, while Metta World Peace missed all five of his attempts and Jodie Meeks hitting just one from his five tries.

Only Steve Nash, Antawn Jamison, and Meeks were successful in knocking down any 3s tonight for Los Angeles.

Kevin Garnett, who scored 15 points for Boston, became the 16th player NBA history to score 25,000 career points.

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