Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Boston Celtics had little success on
Thursday slowing down the red-hot Los Angeles Clippers, who went wire-to-wire
for their 15th consecutive win -- the longest winning streak in the NBA in
Matt Barnes made five of Los Angeles' 12 makes from behind the arc en route to
a team-high 21 points, as the Clippers walked over the Celtics, 106-77, at the
Jamal Crawford chipped in 17 points and Blake Griffin totaled 15 points and
eight rebounds for the Clippers, who have won by double digits each of the
last seven games during their franchise-best stretch and have not tasted
defeat since a loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Nov. 26.
The Celtics were the last team to win 15 in a row when they reeled off 19
straight in the 2008-09 campaign.
Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, two vital cogs during that run five years ago,
paced Boston with 16 and 12 points, respectively, in the loss, the club's
fifth in its last seven games.
The Clippers came storming out of the gates, making nine of their first 13
shots to grab a 21-6 lead on a Caron Butler 3-pointer just 6:19 into the game.
Garnett's buzzer-beating jumper pulled Boston within 30-20, and consecutive 3-
pointers by Jason Terry and Courtney Lee made it a four-point game early in
the second quarter.
But Los Angeles quickly scored on its next four possessions to build the lead
back up to 12, and Crawford capped an 11-point quarter with a pair of buckets
in the final minute for a healthy 60-47 cushion at the break.
Midway through the third, Celtics rookie Jared Sullinger was whistled for a
flagrant type 1 for a hard foul on a driving Griffin. The last time these
teams met back in March there were five technical fouls called, but on
Thursday the Clippers retaliated to Sullinger's physical play on the
The incident occurred during a 9-0 Clippers run that saw Chris Paul hit from
long range before finding Butler on a backdoor cut for a comfortable 78-57
It was an 82-67 contest heading to the fourth, and the benches were emptied
after the hosts opened the frame on an 8-0 run.
Paul shot just 3-of-11 from the field for eight points, but handed out a game-
high 11 assists ... Butler chipped in 14 points for the Clippers, who forced
18 turnovers ... The Clippers have a home-and-home set with the Jazz to end
the month, starting with a road tilt in Utah on Friday ... Pierce passed Elgin
Baylor for 24th place in the NBA's all-time scoring list and is 21 points shy
of moving ahead of Adrian Dantley (23,177 points).
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