NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Boston
(Friday, February 3rd)
Final Score: LA Clippers 98, Boston 81
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Elton Brand had 30 points and 11 boards and Sam Cassell tallied 23 points, eight assists and six rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers past the Boston Celtics, 98-81, at the TD Banknorth Garden.
Brand and Cassell sparked a 19-3 surge to end the game for the Clippers, who have won two straight. Cuttino Mobley added 18 points and Chris Kaman registered 14 points and 12 boards for Los Angeles, which has won seven of eight games to move 10 games over .500 (27-17).
Wally Szczerbiak had 18 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Celtics, who have lost four in a row. Paul Pierce also had 18 points for Boston, losers in five of six contests.
After Szczerbiak cut the Boston deficit to 79-78 with a jumper with 5:30 left, Brand and Cassell combined to score all 12 points during a 12-0 surge that put the Clippers back in command of the game.
Brand capped the run with a bucket at the 2:19 mark and Los Angeles won going away.
The only points the Celtic got in the final minutes came on a three-point play by Pierce with 2:04 on the clock.
"We have to make sure that Wally and Paul have shots at the end of the game," said Boston head coach Doc Rivers. "I'm disappointed in the loss. We played hard, but we're not playing smart."
The Clippers, who got only eight points from their bench, ended a three-game slide to the Celtics.
Kendrick Perkins had 11 points and 11 boards for Boston, which lost for just the second time in nine games at home.
The Clippers held a six-point lead midway through the first, but were ahead by just one, 26-25, after the opening 12 minutes.
Los Angeles created some breathing room in the second after jumping to a 34-27 lead early in the second. Boston responded with five straight points, but the Clippers then used a 9-2 spurt to go ahead 43-34 with 5:32 remaining.
The Clippers later held a 10-point advantage in the second at 51-41 after Sam Cassell's basket with 2:10 left and Los Angeles went into the break ahead 53-46.
Los Angeles led 77-66 going into the fourth.
Boston's Al Jefferson left the game after suffering a severe right ankle sprain. He had x-rays, which came back negative, and is not expected to return until after the All-Star break at the earliest...Delonte West had 11 points and Michael Olowokandi had 10 points for Boston...LA improved to 11-10 on the road...Boston fell to 14-11 at home.
02/03 22:22:01 ET