The Rundown: Celtics overcome Lakers in OT

Published January 29, 2023, 3:00 PMLei Macaranas

Jaylen Brown produced 37 points to help the Boston Celtics seal the win against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.


Celtics 125, Lakers 121

76ers 126, Nuggets 119

Nets 122, Knicks 115

Rockets 117, Pistons 114

Bulls 128, Magic 109

Clippers 120, Hawks 113

Timberwolves 117, Kings 110

Wizards 113, Pelicans 103

Suns 128, Spurs 118

Jazz 108, Mavericks 100 

Raptors 123, Trail Blazers 105

What went down

We got a heated ending to the Los Angeles Lakers-Boston Celtics game as the L.A. squad was furious after match officials did not call a foul on a potential game-winning layup by LeBron James, which ultimately allowed their rivals to snatch a 125-121 overtime win. 

With the game tied at 105-all and 4.1 seconds left of regulation, James attempted to drive through contact. The whole Lakers team was shocked by the non-call and how the officials ignored their appeals. Patrick Beverley even received a technical foul after bringing a photographer’s camera to the referees for proof of a foul. 

''The best player on earth can't get a call. It's amazing,'' Lakers coach Darvin Ham said. ''As much as you try not to put it on the officiating, it's becoming increasingly difficult.''

Jaylen Brown finished with 37, including a tying three-point play with 4.1 seconds left in regulation, and 11 points in overtime to help the Celtics snap their three-game losing skid. Tatum had 30 points and 11 rebounds while Malcolm Brogdon contributed to the win with his own 26 points. 

James put up 41 points in the matchup, alongside nine rebounds and eight assists. His missed layup at the end of regulation and the non-call left him enraged on the court and simmering in the locker room afterward. 

Anthony Davis came off the bench and had 16 points and 10 boards, while Beverley scored 15, twice giving the Lakers the lead in the final minute of the fourth quarter. 

Big-time ballers

Joel Embiid dropped a dominant performance to lead the Sixers to their 7th straight win tonight, coming up with 47 points, 18 rebounds, and five assists. 

Kyrie Irving meanwhile scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to help the Brooklyn Nets hold off a late Knicks comeback and secure the victory. Another leader for his team is Kawhi Leonard, scoring 32 points as the Los Angeles Clippers snag their fifth sconsecutive win at the expense of the Atlanta Hawks, 120-113. 

What he said

Fans and players are expressing their disappointment on Twitter with tonight’s officiating during the Lakers-Celtics game. We can see here in the clip that Bron is frowning due to the confusion of not getting the crucial trip to the line. 

Did you see that? 

Even though they fell to DeMar DeRozan, Zach Lavine, and the rest of the Chicago Bulls (128-109), we saw the Orlando Magic prove to the vets what they can bring to the table. Watch this jaw-dropping windmill dunk by Cole Anthony–who clearly has the talent at the jump.