Rajon Rondo won an NBA title with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and was a four-time All-Star with them. On Thursday night, Rondo returned to Boston as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, and played the villain.

With the Lakers trailing 128-127 in the final seconds, a loose ball found Rondo and he nailed a jumper to give Los Angeles a dramatic road victory.

The story of the game was the Lakers’ shooting from behind the arc, where they made a franchise record 22 three-pointers on 41 attempts (53.7%).

Rondo had three of those three-pointers, while LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope all drained five triples.

LeBron also had a triple-double (28 points, 12 assists, and 12 rebounds) and hit this game-tying three on a wacky possession in the final minute:

This was a surprising victory for the Lakers (entered as 9-point underdogs) and a much-needed one. Los Angeles suffered a brutal 42-point loss to the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday and entered play on Thursday two games back for the West’s No. 8 seed.

It will be interesting to see if this victory gets the Lakers going, but they face another very difficult test in their next game on Sunday in Philadelphia against the now-loaded 76ers.

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