Pierce had 33 points and eight rebounds, Garnett had 22 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, and Allen had 19 points and six rebounds for the Celtics, who won their sixth straight game and their 15th out of 16.
The Celtics used an 8-2 run late in the first quarter to go up 32-23. The Lakers scored 11 unanswered points in the second to cut the Boston lead to 45-37 and trailed by eight at the half.
Boston scored the last 10 points of the third to go up 82-66 and held the Lakers off the rest of the way.
In a nod to past Lakers-Celtics rivalries, LA dressed its players in "throwback"-type shorts -- not quite as short as the pants players wore in the days of Jerry West and Bill Russell, but a lot shorter than the baggy pants currently in favor in the NBA. They went back to the baggy style for the second half.
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