BOSTON (AP) The Celtics keep running without Rajon Rondo.
Not perhaps a new late comeback by one of several NBA's very best squads may possibly keep Boston out of winning over this Los Angeles Clippers 106-104 on Sunday as well as increase to 4-0 since a knee personal injury finished their superstar point guard's season.
''A bunch with persons say that marilyn and i don't have an occasion in store your playoffs, we not able to do this, we not able to carry out that,'' beginning defend said. ''We learn we've found each and every additional in addition to we could likely to venture out there and fight regarding just about every other, irrespective of what, every single night.''
The Clippers gamed devoid of their particular amazing point guard. Chris Paul overlooked his seventh direct video game with a bruised appropriate knee cap.
But that they structure some sort of 98-83 deficit to 103-101 using a 3-pointer simply by Jamal Crawford with 26 minutes to go.
Paul Pierce then stored about towards basketball - and appeared to be amazed that this Clippers don't break down your ex boyfriend - just before building a 3-pointer having 2.5 mere seconds left to help clinch the actual earn and surface which includes a team-high 22 points.
''If many of us obtain a stop presently there (with) three or four minutes to go, we have a lot of time,'' Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro mentioned with their selection to never foul. ''If I seemed to be visiting carry out it, I would have fouled Courtney Lee early appropriate when he or she got your ball.''
But he / she decided not to want to strong Pierce, a precise shooter along the actual stretch regardless of whether through the area and also the free of charge throw line.
''Any period that game's about the line, regardless of whether they skipped 15 around a row, most people recognize a final someone's good,'' Celtics keep Jason Terry said.
The competitors performed without having the point protections voted starters with this All-Star activity throughout Houston on Feb. 17. Rondo provides a split anterior cruciate ligament throughout his perfect knee. With Paul sidelined, the Clippers have missing five associated with eight games, as well as their most important setback in addition to lowest scoring activity of the season, 98-73 at Toronto upon Friday night.
''We're slightly away from rhythm,'' Los Angeles forward Matt Barnes said. ''Guys are merely actively playing a new little from position, however that is certainly very little excuse.''
The Celtics also will be missing fresh forward Jared Sullinger once they acquired season-ending to come back surgical procedure Friday.
But that they changed inside of 1 1-2 mmorpgs on the Milwaukee Bucks regarding seventh location while in the East and 3 1-2 ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers to the finalized playoff position inside the conference.
Jeff Green and also Leandro Barbosa scored fourteen points each for any Celtics and brought about a 52-point contribution in the bench. The Clippers ended up brought about by simply Bledsoe, exchanging Paul, in addition to Crawford, who made your 3-pointer with the buzzer, having 23 factors each. Blake Griffin have twenty details along with 11 rebounds.
Without Rondo, the particular Celtics had been encouraged through discipline Doc Rivers for taking your available shot as well as step the ball swiftly whenever they do not have it. That avoids enemy protection coming from double teaming the baseball handler.
''We whip your heck of a group and I'm incredibly very pleased with that,'' Rivers said, ''but inside my own thought process all of us might end up being better, significantly better, in comparison with we were today.''
The earliest half ended up being one of many greatest in the months intended for that Celtics, plus they headed for you to that locker living room with a 59-40 lead.
''We're playing beneficial within spurts appropriate now,'' Pierce said. ''We got flat at times. We decided not to defend in the high level in the minute half. . A win's a win, nonetheless all of us managed to get extra challenging than most of us believed that must have been.''
Trailing 98-83, this Clippers started out some sort of 15-3 manage with Griffin's free with 9:39 for you to play. Crawford's layup designed it 101-98 along with 3:18 remaining.
Terry subsequently put Boston up by five whenever he / she overcom this 24-second buzzer which has a jumper having 1:09 left prior to Bledsoe built his 3-pointer.
Then Bradley took the actual charge.
''Jamal's an awesome player,'' he said. ''I just simply tried out to make it while difficult when doable on him.''
And Pierce click his significant 3-pointer.
''They were being that aggressors as well as that is certainly what we do in order to teams when we would be the almost all successful,'' Crawford said. ''They have in which tonight.''
The Celtics attached their own period highs of 33 things once one fraction along with 59 right after two. And some people did it having balanced offense, seeing that 10 people have scored among three and seven points.
They had 14 allows on their thirty baskets and just five turnovers in the half. On defense, they held the Clippers to 10 factors upon 4-for-18 firing within the minute fraction along with forced fifteen turnovers in the half.
The Clippers don't report within the minute district until Lamar Odom created a great 11-foot turnaround 4:11 into the period, sawing Boston's produce 39-32. Bledsoe produced their subsequent field goal more than a pair of mins later.
Notes: Backup Celtics C Jason Collins, playing a lot more because of Sullinger's absence, have a season-high eleven points. . Barnes delivered to the Clippers following your one-game suspension to get beautiful Minnesota's Greg Stiemsma on Wednesday. . The Clippers routed your Celtics 106-77 on Dec. 27 throughout Los Angeles.