Lakers eke out win over Celtics by a pinkie

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A court full of elite athletes from two of the NBA’s premier franchises, and it was all decided by a pinkie. As well as a beautiful fadeaway by LeBron James.

The Los Angeles Lakers pulled out a 114-112 win over a Boston Celtics team missing Kemba Walker on Sunday, prevailing in a game in which neither team was ever up by double digits. The win avenged one of the Lakers’ worst losses of the season, a 139-107 drubbing in Boston on Jan. 20.

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
LeBron James was his typical self, posting 29 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Lakers triumph in wild final minute vs. Celtics

As usual, 61 combined points from James and Anthony Davis led the way for the Lakers, but the game’s final minute hinged on a scramble for a free throw. With less than a minute remaining and down 110-109, James missed the second of two free throws. The ball fell to Boston’s Jaylen Brown, but Davis aggressively reached for the ball, which was eventually knocked out of bounds.

The out-of-bounds was called on the Celtics, but a replay showed the ball seeming to last touch Davis’ pinkie. Or not. The officials eventually decided to let the call stand.

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