Gasol finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds, and Andrew Bynum had 16 points and 17 rebounds to help the Lakers snap a two-game losing streak. Kobe Bryant scored 27 points.
Allen scored 22 points and Kevin Garnett had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Boston, which had won five in a row. But Garnett was 6 for 23 from the field, and Paul Pierce was 7 for 18, including missing an open jumper that rimmed out at the end of overtime. Allen tried to push the rebound in, but Gasol got his fingertips on the ball. “I was in the perfect position,” Allen said, “and he came out of nowhere.”
Gasol tipped in Bryant’s miss to tie the score at 82-82. The Celtics had a chance to win in regulation, but Pierce was trapped near midcourt and Mickael Pietrus was forced to fire up a no-chance 30-footer at the buzzer.
ALL-STAR RESERVES CHOSEN Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks was chosen for his 11th consecutive N.B.A. All-Star Game and Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics was picked for the 10th time when the teams’ reserves were selected by coaches.
But the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett was not chosen after 14 consecutive selections, and the San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan was left out after 13 in a row.
Five first-timers were named: Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge, Memphis’s Marc Gasol, Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala, Indiana’s Roy Hibbert and Chicago’s Luol Deng. Also headed to Orlando for the Feb. 26 game are Steve Nash, Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson and the Nets’ Deron Williams.
Voted to start by fans in the Eastern Conference were Orlando’s Dwight Howard, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade of Miami, Chicago’s Derrick Rose and the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony. The West starters are the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin of the Clippers, and Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant.
ROCKETS 96, SUNS 89 Luis Scola scored 16 points and Patrick Patterson added 14 to lead the visiting Rockets.
WARRIORS 109, NUGGETS 101 The host Nuggets lost their fifth straight as Stephen Curry scored 36 points for Golden State.