Jordan Clarkson hits clutch free throws as Lakers hold off slumping Celtics for third win in a row
Jordan Clarkson fired 22 points off the bench. AP

JORDAN Clarkson proved steady in hitting clutch free throws as the Los Angeles Lakers held on to beat the slumping Boston Celtics, 108-107, for their third straight win on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time)

The Lakers trailed by as much as 14 early on and were still behind by six, 88-82, with eight minutes left before turning the tables with a 19-3 run to take a 97-91 lead with over four minutes to play.

The Celtics, though, kept fighting, cutting the gap down to one but Clarkson hit four crucial free throws in the dying seconds. Boston still had a chance to win it but Marcus Smart missed his three-point attempt at the buzzer to lose its fourth straight game.

Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers (18-29) with 28 points off the bench, while Clarkson ended up with 22.

Kyrie Irving saw his game-high 33 points go to waste in another loss for the Celtics (34-14). Smart fired 22 off the bench. 

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