Los Angeles — Wednesday night was Boston vs. Boston.
The Clippers are fortunate enough to endure their own pile of mistakes for a vibrant Celtics rally and a 114-111 victory at the Staples Center in the form of a 20-year-old rookie Brandon Boston Jr. Helped to build a large buffer.
Boston scored 18 of the 27 points of the career and team’s best in the second quarter of the Clippers’ 39 points in the 51st draft election from the Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth.
They led 112-111 and Ivica Zubac’s two free throws ended up with a fierce victory with 9.3 seconds remaining.
Coupled with Monday’s victory in Portland, the Clippers (14-12) are the first to win a series of games since the seven consecutive wins that ended on November 14. The previous record was 8-4. Tyronn Lue’s team is now 6-8 years old.
For the team Boston, this was their second defeat at Staples Center. They stumbled upon the Lakers, 117-102 in the building on Tuesday.
It was an encouraging victory for the Clippers, who didn’t have the two best players. Kawhi Leonard remained on the sidelines to recover from the ACL break, and Paul George was excluded shortly before Wednesday’s tip-off due to pain in his right elbow.
Instead, a new star was shining.
Boston scored 27 points with a 9-13 shot. This includes 5 out of 8 3-point attempts and all 4 free throws.
The young man mixed it with the shy Moxy, cursed Marcus Smart and Flagrant 1, freed up space with his sharp elbows, and sent Celtics defender Grant Williams to the deck.
Nicolas Batum played for the first time in nine games. Don’t worry that he hasn’t played since November 19th. Starting with his first gameback, a knowledgeable veteran wrote for George. After injuring his right ankle, he left the court in the third season and returned to the locker room, but soon returned and scored no points in 15 minutes.
The Clippers lead swelled to 21 points (76-55), leaving 7:17 in the third quarter. At that point, Jayson Tatum led the 18-2 Celtics run, cutting the lead to just five points within five minutes. It offended half of the strong crowd of 17,064 fans made up of Boston fans.
When the Celtics (13-13) entered the final period following 87-78, Tatam scored 12 out of 29 points (9-20 shots) in the third quarter.
The Celtics retreated within five points, with 3:59 and 102-97 remaining in the fourth quarter. However, three consecutive pointers from Reggie Jackson (17 points) and Luke Kennard (15 points) returned the buffer to 8 points.
Celtics coach Ime Udoka challenged the Out of Bounds call, giving the team the remaining 1:28 and the Clippers 108-103. Dennis Schröder’s three-point attempt failed, but Tatam pulled the ball away from the man, stretched his muscles towards the rim and sliced the margin into three points.
Morris (20 points) knocked down the second three points of the night to 111-105 before Tatam scored the last six points to reduce the Clippers lead to one.
With George being the cheerleader on the bench, Jackson was inevitably an aggressive shottaker, scoring 22 shots. This is one of the best shy of the season.
After 15 furloughs to strengthen his sick knee, Marcus Morris Sr. finished with 20 points and scored more than 17 points in four consecutive games.
With his first start of the season, Terrence Mann turbo-started the problem for the host. He scored 8 out of 10 in the first quarter and his third year wing was 4-4 with 5 rebounds, assists and steals. He finished with 10 rebounds in 32 minutes.
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