NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Boston
(Friday, February 2nd)
Final Score: LA Clippers 100, Boston 89
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Elton Brand powered Los Angeles with 26 points and 19 rebounds, and the Celtics set a franchise-record with their 14th straight loss, 100-89, to the Clippers.
The 14-game skid tops two 13-game losing streaks in Celtics history, in 1994 and 1997. Boston has not won since its 128-119 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on January 5th.
Cuttino Mobley scored 20 points for the Clippers, who have won three straight, and eight of nine. Corey Maggette and Tim Thomas both had big nights off the bench, with 19 and 17 points, respectively. Sam Cassell added 13 points for LA.
Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 23 points, and Al Jefferson added 21 points. Ryan Gomes scored 16 points, and Wally Szczerbiak tallied 13 points off the bench for Boston.
The Clippers opened up a nine-point lead thanks to an 11-3 stretch midway through the fourth quarter. Ahead 78-77, Maggette scored five straight points on a jumper and three free throws, and Mobley and Thomas made threes to push the Clippers lead to 89-80 with just over four minutes left.
The Celtics could not muster a comeback, and fell yet again in front of the home crowd.
Trailing 56-48 midway through the third quarter, the Celtics scored nine straight to take the lead. Gomes hit two jumpers, and Jefferson converted hook shots on consecutive possessions, the second posting Boston to a 57-56 lead with 6:34 left. The Celtics held a 69-67 lead entering the final quarter.
Brand hit the ground running in the first quarter, scoring 12 points, and the Clippers took an early 13-6 lead after a turnaround jumper by the LA forward with 7:01 left in the quarter. A Rondo layup in the final seconds of the quarter brought Boston to within 25-21 entering the second quarter.
LA held a 47-42 lead at the break.
The loss extended Boston's franchise-worst 11-game home losing skid. Boston is 4-19 at home on the season... Brand's 19 rebounds were a season-high...Rondo's 23 points tied a career-high.
02/02 22:23:44 ET