Lakers cool red-hot Celtics in overtime

Pau Gasol came up big for the Los Angeles Lakers as they beat the red-hot Boston Celtics 88-87 in overtime for a rare road win on Thursday.

The loss ends Boston's five-game win streak, while the Lakers improve to 4-9 away from home this season. Los Angeles is 2-2 on their current six-game road trip.

Gasol forced overtime with a put-back basket with less than 10 seconds remaining to tie the score at 82-82 and preserved the win with a shot block on Ray Allen as time expired in OT.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers (15-11) with 27 points and Spaniard Gasol recorded a double-double with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Andrew Bynum finished with 16 points and 17 rebounds.

Allen led the Celtics (14-11) with 22 points, but scored just three points after the third quarter. Paul Pierce scored all five Celtics points in overtime and 18 overall.

(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario. Editing by Alastair Himmer.)