Boston now resides at the top of the Eastern Conference and 1.5 games ahead of the Toronto Raptors in second thanks to the plays of Irving, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown.
"It was good that we battled the way we did. It was good to see that response". It's hard to frame Tuesday night's 288th regular season renewal against some of the basketball brawls of the rivalry's past.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers was not surprised at how well Boston played despite the Celtics coming in having lost four in a row. "(They) determined at the time that they did not think he had a concussion, but we're going to just observe him tonight.
"Just specific defenders out there you want to attack", added Irving, who led the Celtics with 20 points.
Given the Clippers' struggles this season, this is most definitely a win that the Celtics should have had, but it also means more with Saturday's meeting with the Warriors looming.
Westbrook capped his 14th game with at least 30 points by starting his drive from well behind the 3-point arc after getting the inbounds pass from Paul George.
Lou Williams: There may not be a bigger all-star snub this year than Lou Williams who has been the runaway leader for the league's Sixth Man of the Year award.
With no timeouts, Smart advanced the ball quickly, but instead of going to the basket - or going to Kyrie Irving, author of a game-high 33 points - he pulled up for a 3. The 24-year-old center scored 30 points, added 24 rebounds and tallied six blocks, four assists and three steals. Larry Nance Jr., Josh Hart, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope all missed free throws down the stretch, and they left the Celtics with a chance to win it at the end. On Wednesday, Boston was 21-for-22 from the free throw line which was the first time they made more than 20 in a game since their overtime win against Dallas on November 20. And we usually let guys play with fouls but (Daniel) Theis and (Aron) Baynes (who both ended up with five fouls), I tried to manage a little bit more than that because I felt like we needed somebody with size down there. Julius Randle had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds and Jordan Clarkson added 22 off the bench.
Rozier had seven points as the guests outscored the Clippers, 17-6, over the quarter's last 41⁄2 minutes. By time the third quarter was over, they had taken the lead, 76-74. "We've just got to figure out if we can or not". The Celtics are heavily invested in three point shooting, and it will always be a major part of their offense.
The Celtics are off on Thursday, so we probably won't get any details on the injury until the C's hit the practice floor at the University of San Francisco on Friday.
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