Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Clippers rally from 28-point deficit to beat Celtics

Clippers rally from 28-point deficit to beat Celtics

Beasley, 30, was acquired in Thursday's trade with the Los Angeles Lakers for center Mike Muscala.

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. As a team, the Celtics shot 48 percent from the field and 16 of 38 from the 3-point line as they dominated early to lead by as many as 18 points in the second quarter, but the Lakers fought back with 42 points in the third quarter before stealing the game at the buzzer. At one point down 28 points, it was the biggest comeback in Clippers history.

Irving left with 2 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter after spraining his right knee while weaving through traffic on defense.

The Clippers outscored the Celtics 75-44 following Irving's injury.

Los Angeles finally tied it 100-all, bringing boos from the crowd that expected an easy victory against a team that traded away leading scorer Tobias Harris at the deadline and added five new players.

Los Angeles' first-round pick is lottery-protected; if the team makes the playoffs, the pick will go to the Boston Celtics. Kyrie Irving led the team with 24 points, seven rebounds and eight assists including a clutch go-ahead basket late in the game.

The Red Sox also beat the Dodgers in the World Series, back in October. Coach Brad Stevens said they went over the plans in the family room instead of on the court.

The Grizzlies traded Garrett Temple and JaMychal Green to the Clippers in exchange for Avery Bradley, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarwoski.

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