Los Angeles vs. Boston: Late Comeback Not Enough, Celtics Lose to Clippers

Richard HurdContributor IMarch 9, 2011

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In a first half, the Celtics would've done best to just forget, they were pummeled by Los Angeles, 60-42.

The Clippers shot a whopping 67.6 percent in the half. Mo Williams led the way with 18 points.

The beginning of the first quarter was a close affair, with the Celtics trailing 16-13 with five minutes to go in the period. At that point, the Clippers went on a 10-0 run, and finished the quarter with 30-17 lead.

Boston was better offensively in the second, scoring 25. Unfortunately, the Clippers didn't cool down and repeated with 30 to go into the half with a 60-42 lead.

Of note: Beginning the second quarter, Doc Rivers sent out a lineup of Nenad Krstic, Troy Murphy, Jeff Green, Sasha Pavlovic and Carlos Arroyo—a lineup that no Celtic fan could've imagined just a month ago.

Then, these guys proceeded to not exactly set the world on fire.

The Celtics finally cut into the Clippers' lead in the third. By quarter's end, the deficit was only 10, 76-66, as the Clippers offense came back to earth.

After an initial burst by the Clippers to begin the fourth, which got the lead back to 16, the Celtics would go on a 17-4 run to cut the lead down to three, 86-83; easily the closest the game had been since the first.

But that was as close as it would get.

The Clippers shooting returned, Williams was fouled shooting a three (made all three), and followed that up with a three the next possession. Pretty soon the lead was back to double-digits, 104-93.

A late run by the Celtics got them back within three, 106-103 with 10 seconds left. After a foul of Randy Foye, and two foul shots, the Clippers were victorious, 108-103.

The loss ends the Celtics five-game winning streak.

Williams totaled 28 points on the night to be the games high scorer. DeAndre Jordan had 21 on 9-for-10 shooting (six dunks) and nine rebounds.

Blake Griffin was held in check for much of the night, scoring 12 with seven boards, but was able to throw down one big dunk in the final minutes.

All five starters for the Celtics scored 13-plus points, but the bench was only able to add 12. Ray Allen led the way with 23, but the real player of the game for the Celtics was Krstic—who had 20 points, 12 in the fourth to lead the charge back.

Kevin Garnett had 16 points, but five-for-19. Rajon Rondo went for 13 points himself and eight assists, while Paul Pierce put in 19.

Arroyo, in his Celtic debut, had four points and three rebounds.

Game 4, and Murphy still doesn't have a field goal as a Celtic. Murphy only saw two minutes of playing time on the night, going 0-for-1.