Clippers Build Early Lead, But Can't Finish Off Celtics

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Clippers Fall To Celtics, 99-92

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Paul Pierce netted half of his 24 points in the pivotal third quarter, and the Celtics earned a 99-92 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Ray Allen totaled 22 points, while Kevin Garnett added 16 with 11 rebounds for Boston, which won for the fourth time in five games. The Celtics outscored the Clippers, 34-21, in the third, limiting the hosts to 6-of-18 shooting in the period.

"It was a good third and fourth quarter," Pierce said. "We were aggressive and attacked the rim." The Celtics brought a new look to their team Saturday night. Nenad Krstic and Jeff Green, acquired in the deal that sent Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City, combined for 16 points. Krstic started at center and had nine points and six boards as Boston bounced back after losing in Denver on Thursday.

"It felt good, new team, different look," Green said. "It's good to get that first win under my belt." Randy Foye had a season-best 32 points for the Clippers, losers of four straight and seven of eight games. Blake Griffin ended with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Chris Kaman chipped in 16 points and nine boards in a reserve role.

Eric Bledsoe's layup provided the Clippers with a 51-46 lead 1 1/2 minutes into the third quarter, but the Celtics then embarked on a 16-2 surge. Pierce had six points and Garnett had the same amount during the spurt, ending it with an alley-oop jam off a feed from Rajon Rondo for a 62-53 difference with 5:14 left in the quarter.

"The thing about them is how well they move the ball and play off of each other," Griffin said. "You can tell they have been playing together for a while. That's tough to beat when teams are moving the ball and everybody knows their role. Everybody is getting shots and everybody is rotating defensively."

Boston carried a 74-68 lead into the fourth and later expanded the difference to 12 points, at 89-77, following three-pointers from Delonte West and Pierce, and a layup from Glen Davis. It was just too much to overcome for the Clippers, although they got within five with 2:20 left after a three-ball from Foye. Garnett quickly restored order with a jam at the other end for a 94-87 score.

A quick start carried the Clippers to a 26-18 lead after the opening quarter. The LA lead reached 13 at 38-25 following a Foye three, but the Celtics crawled within 47-40 at the break. "We got off to a slow start. They played harder than we did in the first half," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "We got into the game in the third quarter and we ran."

Game Notes

Clippers new acquisitions - Mo Williams and Jamario Moon - didn't suit up for the game...Rondo had 11 assists...The Clippers had 21 turnovers, leading to 25 Boston points.

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Clippers Vs. Celtics: Game Time, Broadcast Info, Probable Lineups & Notes

The Los Angeles Clippers are finally home tonight, 24 days after their last home game, hosting the Boston Celtics at Staples Center. New Clippers Mo Williams and Jamario Moon are essentially in limbo, waiting for MRI results on Baron Davis that was part of his physical in Cleveland. Here are the pertinent details of tonight's game:

Teams: Clippers (21-38) vs. Celtics (41-15)

Location: Staples Center

Time: 7:30 p.m. PST

TV: Prime Ticket

Streaks: Clippers (lost 3); Celtics (lost 1)

Giant Slayers: The Clippers have beaten the first place teams of five of the six NBA divisions this season. The Celtics are the only first place team they have yet to beat. This is their first meeting this season.

Probable Starting Lineups:



For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Clips Nation.


Clippers Host Celtics Looking To Slay Another First-Place Team At Staples Center

The Los Angeles Clippers are finally done with their grueling 11-game road trip. Now, as a reward, they have to face the team with the second-best record in the NBA, the Boston Celtics, tonight at Staples Center. Blake Griffin and the Clippers played in their home building last night, but they were technically the road team in their 108-95 loss to the Lakers. This is the Clippers' first home game since February 2, a full 24 days ago.

The Clippers have played giant killer this season, especially at home. They have defeated five of the six NBA teams currently in first place, with only the Celtics eluding their wrath. Today is the first meeting between the two teams this season, with another meeting scheduled in Boston on March 9. Here's a look at the other first-place teams beaten by the Clippers this season:

The Celtics are 4-4 in their last eight games, losing their last game Thursday night against the Carmelo-less Nuggets in Denver. The Clippers are 16-14 at home this season, while the Celtics are 16-10 on the road. Tonight's 7:30 p.m. PST game will be televised on Prime Ticket.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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