Celtics blow 28-point lead; fall to Clippers

Aubrey Yates
February 10, 2019

Boston recently gave up an 18-point lead to the Los Angeles Lakers, in a Thursday night loss at Staples Center.

But on Saturday night, Los Angeles was far less anxious about draft positioning than it was beating Boston at T.D. Garden, which is especially impressive considering how the game began. The Celtics collapse corresponded to the loss of Kyrie Irving, who left with a sprained knee in the second quarter, when the game seemed comfortably in hand.

The Celtics led by as many as 28 in the quarter and still were up 20 when Irving came out, but the Clippers outscored them 28-12 in the third quarter and 42-26 in the fourth en route to a 123-112 victory. Their primary justification for trading Tobias Harris to the Philadelphia 76ers wasn't missing the playoffs, but doing so would indeed be helpful given the team's imminent pursuit of Anthony Davis this summer.

The Celtics were down by a point when Marcus Smart missed a 3-pointer, then tried to take a charge on Harrell but didn't get the call.

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The Celtics ran up a 68-40 lead with just over four minutes left second quarter thanks to 14 points from Irving and another 12 points off the bench from Gordon Hayward. Since starting the season with a 10-10 record, they have gone 25-10, with All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving (23.8 points and 7.0 assists per game) leading the way.

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Celtics: Fell to 22-8 at home.

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