January 17

NBA: Rondo returns, but Lakers beat Celtics

Boston guard has 8 points, 4 assists in 20 minutes.

BOSTON (AP) – Rajon Rondo returned from a knee injury and missed a 3-pointer for Boston that could have sent the game into overtime, allowing the Los Angeles Lakers to beat the Celtics 107-104 on Friday night.

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Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers9during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. Rondo returned to the court for the first time this season, after undergoing surgery on his right knee. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Pau Gasol had 24 points and 13 rebounds for Los Angeles, and Kendall Marshall finished 19 points and 14 assists. Ryan Kelly scored 20 points and Wesley Johnson added 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Johnson made a 3-pointer with 69 seconds left to give the Lakers the lead for good. Kelly added a pair of clinching free throws with 9.4 seconds remaining as the Lakers snapped a six-game losing streak.

Kelly Olynyk scored a career-high 25 points for Boston. Rondo, who was limited to 20 minutes in his first game since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament on Jan. 25, 2013, had eight points, four assists and two rebounds.

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