Ford Keys to the Game

Celtics 90, Clippers 92

Game Highlights

Photo of the Game

Brian Scalabrine, Vince Carter

Kevin Garnett and Tony Allen comfort Rajon Rondo after he missed two free throws in the final seconds of the Celtics loss in Los Angeles to the Clippers.
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Key Moment

While Rajon Rondo's missed free throws with 1.5 seconds to go probably stands out as the most obvious key moment, after the game Doc Rivers was more upset about his team picking up a pair of technical fouls in the fourth quarter (Kendrick Perkins, Eddie House) and some of the mental breakdowns the team had on the defensive end, like leaving Rasual Butler alone in the corner when they Celtics had a 90-87 lead in the closing minutes of the game. So while Rondo will be thinking about those foul shots for some time to come, there's plenty of blame to go around on this loss.

Key Box Score Line

In his second game filling in for Paul Pierce, Tony Allen continued his solid play and posted the first double-double of his roller-coaster career with the Celtics. TA seems to be at his best when he gets big minutes, and he played almost 40 minutes Sunday night. He did a little of everything, scoring 10 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, grabbing four steals and handing out four assists.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Replacing Paul Pierce, Tony Allen racked up 10 points and 10 rebounds, the first double-double of his career.
  • Rajon Rondo was 2-for-3 heading to the line before missing his final two free throws with 1.5 seconds to play.
  • Glen Davis tallied eight points and six rebounds in just his second game of the season.
  • The Celtics went just 1-12 from behind the arc.
  • Former Celtics guard Sebastian Telfair had just two points in 7:47 of action, while old friend Ricky Davis had a 14-second cameo.
  • Baron Davis scored 24 points and handed out 13 assists, but also had six turnovers.
  • Chris Kaman scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Quote of the Night

Doc Rivers on playing without Captain Paul Pierce: "Pierce is the guy we go to and run most of our stuff through. Without Pierce you have to have more imagination, so offensively, that's where we're hurt the most."