Doc Rivers always talked about appreciating guys he called “shot-makers.”
He’s got a couple of those guys on this season’s Clippers team, and they came up big during Wednesday’s meeting with the Celtics.
Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford combined to hit three consecutive perimeter shots for Los Angeles at the most critical juncture of the game. Boston had sliced an eight-point deficit all the way down to two, but Paul responded with a 15-foot jumper and Crawford swished home consecutive 3s.
The Celtics scored during that time frame, making it just an 8-2 run by the Clippers, but that was enough to allow Los Angeles to cruise to the victory. Crawford’s second 3-pointer put the Clippers on top 91-83 with 2:10 remaining and their lead never dropped below five points from that point on en route to a 96-88 win.
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Jeff Green said Tuesday night that Doc Rivers was the man who made him look in the mirror and decide what kind of NBA player he wanted to be. In front of his old coach, Green proved yet again that he wants to be, and can be, a dominant wing player.
Green was phenomenal Wednesday night as the Celtics hosted the Los Angeles Clippers. He scored a game-high 29 points, which was his second-highest scoring output of the season. Green scored those points in an efficient manner, too, by making 10 of his season-high 23 field goals, three of his seven 3-pointers, and all six of his free throws.
The highlight of Green’s night was a monster slam dunk in front of Boston’s bench. Gerald Wallace dropped a pass off to him and Green took off from about seven feet out to throw down a monstrous slam that got a rise out of the crowd.
Green would have loved to have driven the Celtics to a win, but he had to enjoy playing well in front of his former coach.
Box Score Nuggets
- Brandon Bass recorded the game's only double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
- The Celtics shot just 12-of-34 in the paint.
- Each team had three players score at least 17 points.
- Jeff Green led the Celtics with 29 points and Chris Paul led the Clippers with 22 points.
- Paul and Jordan Crawford tied for the game high in assists with nine apiece.
- Green attempted a season-high 23 field goals.
- Jamal Crawford scored 21 points off the bench for Los Angeles.
- Both teams grabbed eight offensive boards, but the Clippers scored 12 more second-chance points (17) than the Celtics did (five).
- Bass led the Celtics with two steals and two blocks.
- Green and Bass each played more than 41 minutes.
- Paul and Blake Griffin each attempted 16 shots.
- Boston's scoring decreased in each of the first three quarters.
Quote of the Night
This is such a neat place. I tell people all the time, they don’t get Boston. I think you have to be part of it to get it. I don’t think you can get it from the outside. Doc Rivers on the Celtics and the city of BostonMore quotes >>