LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers and Boston Celtics renewed their rivalry in name only Sunday with dueling starting lineups that would make even diehard fans double-check their rosters after they were announced.
While both teams are going through lean times, on the verge of missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season, Byron Scott smiled when he said playing Boston will always mean more to him than any other team on the schedule.
“I still look at them as a team we love to beat probably more than any other team in the league,” said Scott, who faced the Celtics in the NBA Finals three times in the 1980s during his career.
On Sunday, Scott got his wish as the Lakers snapped their seven-game losing streak by beating the Celtics, 118-111 in overtime after blowing a seven-point lead with 28 seconds left in regulation.
It was a game largely dominated by the Lakers’ second unit, which could really be the Lakers’ first unit depending on how Scott feels when he wakes up in the morning.
Four Lakers reserves scored in double figures, led by Jeremy Lin, who had 25 points. No Lakers starter reached double figures.
Lineup changes: Scott said he would be open to lineup changes until the end of the season. On Sunday he started Carlos Boozer after not playing him at all on Friday against Brooklyn.
“I’m just changing it up,” Scott said. “It’s probably going to be game by game, depending on the teams we’re playing just to match up with them at times. There’s nothing set in stone as far as rotations or starting lineups go.
Clarkson starts again: One of the constants in the starting lineup has been Jordan Clarkson, who Scott will likely stick with at point guard despite how well Lin played on Sunday.
“Each game he seems to get a little bit better and a little more comfortable with what he’s doing,” Scott said. “Learning that point guard position is a very difficult position to learn because not only do you have to know what you’re doing but you have to know what everybody else is doing as well. I think the progression is going well. From Day 1 to now he’s made big-time progress. I want to see if he will continue to make those little steps to get better.”
No Oscars: Most of Hollywood’s elite, which normally take up the courtside seats at Staples Center, were at the Oscars on Sunday except for Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart. Not only did they stay through the game they locked lips on the Kiss Cam.
Up next: The Lakers go on the road to face the Utah Jazz on Wednesday in the hopes of their first two-game winning streak since winning three straight from Dec. 9 to Dec. 14, 2014.