This was one of those games. Clippers 108 – Boston 103.
The Celtics put forth one of their worst efforts of the season and fell behind by 23 points in the 3rd quarter.
As expected, the Celtics clawed their way back. But each time they knocked on the door, the Clippers were there to slam it shut.
Mo Williams had 28 points, including two big three-pointers late in the 4th. Ryan Gomes had another back-breaking three ball. DeAndre Jordan, a 43% FT shooter, nailed two free throws with 15 seconds left that helped ice the game. Jordan had a beastly statline: 21 points (9-10 FG), 9 rebounds.
KG layed a ton of bricks: 5-19 FG. Nenad Krstic played very well: 20 points, 9 rebounds.
The lack of a bench (12 points) really hurt the Cs tonight. Jeff Green had 6 points in 23 minutes. Troy Murphy was scoreless in 5 minutes. Sasha Pavlovic had 2 points in 8 minutes. Carlos Arroyo was okay – 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists in 15 minutes.
The Celtics are now only 1.5 games ahead of Chicago for the top spot in the East.