Video: Rajon Rondo Hits Buzzer Beater as Lakers Beat Celtics in Boston

Rajon Rondo, Los Angeles Lakers
Rajon Rondo, #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers, center, celebrates with LeBron James #23 and Kyle Kuzma #0 after scoring the game winning basket against the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at TD Garden on February 79 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Rajon Rondo hit a buzzer beater as the Los Angeles Lakers put their trade deadline disappointment momentarily behind them to beat the Boston Celtics on the road on Thursday night.

With the Lakers trailing by one point and the clock ticking down, Rondo pounced on a loose ball and hit a 20-foot jumper to clinch a 129-128 win for the Lakers, which brought Los Angeles' two-game losing streak to an end.

Rajon Rondo buries the #TissotBuzzerBeater to win it for the @Lakers in Boston! #ThisIsYourTime #LakeShow

— NBA (@NBA) February 8, 2019

The buzzer beater was the first go-ahead shot in the final 10 seconds of the fourth period or overtime in Rondo's career. The feeling was made even better as it came against the team he began his professional career with and with whom he won the 2008 NBA title.

"I practice those shots all the time," he was quoted as saying by the Associated Press. "Couldn't imagine it being in the Garden though… This is one I'll be playing for the rest of my life."

The 32-year-old finished with 17 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds and provided the perfect support to Kyle Kuzma, who scored 25 points. LeBron James put up 28 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists, becoming only the third player in Lakers history after Elgin Baylor and Magic Johnson to record a triple-double in Boston.

Over the last two weeks basketball had almost become an afterthought for the Lakers, who were desperately trying to acquire Anthony Davis before the trade deadline. Despite being willing to trade nearly half of its roster, Los Angeles failed to lure the five-time All-Star away from New Orleans.

However, LeBron insisted the disappointment of not landing Davis was tempered by the knowledge his teammates will not have to deal with trade rumors until the summer.

"I think after the deadline, I think they were able to relax," he told The Los Angeles Times. "I think it just played a lot with their minds a little bit, and then after the 3 o'clock deadline, we all knew this is who we have and who's going to be around."

Having gone 6-11 during LeBron's lengthy injury lay-off, the Lakers have won two of the four games he has played since returning to action last week and the 34-year-old indicated he was close to being at full fitness.

"I'm starting to get more and more back to myself," he said. "Every possession, every quarter, every time I take a hit, I'm able to nudge it off and keep going. I'm working my way back and I'm getting better and better every single minute."

The Lakers improved to 28-27 with the win but remain 10th in the Western Conference standings, 1.5 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers, who currently occupy the final playoff berth in the conference.

Boston, meanwhile, slipped to 35-20 for the season and remain fourth in the Eastern Conference standings. The Celtics led by as many as 18 points in the first half, before the Lakers came roaring back. With just 1:24 left in the game, Boston found itself six points ahead but, again, could not hang onto their lead.

Kyrie Irving finished with 24 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, while Jayson Tatum had 22 points and 10 rebounds.