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Lakers 118, Celtics 111: Boston rallies after Thomas tossed, but fizzles in OT

LOS ANGELES -- Isaiah Thomas sure knows how to make an entrance. And an exit.

Thomas, acquired by the Boston Celtics at Thursday's trade deadline, scored 21 points on 6-of-13 shooting, but was ejected after protesting an offensive foul call in a four-point game with 5:03 remaining.

The Celtics rallied from a 10-point deficit over the final 3:31 to force overtime on Avery Bradley's 3-pointer but couldn't maintain that momentum in the extra session before falling to the Los Angeles Lakers 118-111 at Staples Center.

With the Lakers on top 91-87, Thomas tried to drive, but referee Tony Brothers whistled him for an offensive foul. After barking initially in protest, a frustrated Thomas slammed the ball into the court with two hands (but caught it before it rebounded high). Brothers still whistled him for a technical, and followed with another when Thomas protested the first technical.

The Lakers pushed their lead to 10 with 3:31 to play, but Boston just kept fighting. Los Angeles was still up seven with 1:17 to go. After Nick Young missed a late free throw, Bradley hit a straightaway triple at the buzzer to force the extra session. The Lakers scored the first six points in the extra session and Boston couldn't claw its way back again.

Jae Crowder finished with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting, while Bradley had 20 points.

Jeremy Lin scored a game-high 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Wesley Johnson added 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting, while Nick Young added 19 points for Los Angeles' super-subs.

Dish of the Night: Marcus Smart slashed baseline, spun around a defender, then wrapped a pass around another defending rushing to help as Gerald Wallace got an easy layup (and his first field goal in nearly a month's time). Unfortunately, it was the highlight of a frustrating night for Smart, who fouled out after putting up 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists over 31 minutes.

Loose balls: The Celtics, who had only 10 players available during Friday's loss in Sacramento, dressed 12, but stuck with what was essentially a nine-man rotation. ... Newcomer Jonas Jerebko, who had been ill during the game, played four scoreless minutes. ... Luigi Datome, acquired with Jerebko in a swap for Tayshaun Prince on Thursday, Phil Pressey, and Shavlik Randolph were healthy DNPs. ... The Lakers shot 51.2 percent overall; Boston finished at 42.9 percent.

What it means: The Celtics dropped their second game on this three-game road trip and fell to 20-33 overall. The Lakers improve to 14-41. Next up for Boston: A trip to Phoenix where Thomas will play his former team to close out a back-to-back on Monday night.