NBA Basketball

Final-OT - 2 OT 1 2 3 4 OT OT Tot
LA Clippers 32 26 29 27 13 6 133
Boston 30 30 31 23 13 14 141
5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CT23:00 , February 13, 2020
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Clippers, Celtics aim for pre-All-Star break momentum

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Los Angeles Clippers at Boston Celtics

  1. The Clippers beat the Celtics, 107-104, in overtime on November 20 for their 10th win in the last 13 meetings. Los Angeles has won four in a row over Boston and has never won five straight in the series.
  2. Boston's starters are third in the league in scoring, averaging 83.7 points, while Los Angeles' starters are averaging 64.8 points -- third lowest in the NBA. The Clippers' bench is averaging a league-high 50.8 points, and the Celtics' bench average of 28.9 points is the third lowest in the NBA.
  3. The Clippers had three second-chance points in Tuesday's 110-103 loss at Philadelphia, and are averaging a league-low 6.8 second-chance points in five games since February 3. Through February 2, Los Angeles was averaging a league-high 15.0 second-chance points.
  4. Montrezl Harrell is averaging 14.0 points this month after averaging 21.2 in January, Kawhi Leonard is at 25.2 ppg this month after at 32.2 ppg in January and Lou Williams is at 15.3 ppg this month after 21.5 ppg last. Among those that have played in 70 percent of their team's games each month, Harrell's 7.2 ppg decline is third largest in the NBA, Leonard's 7.0 ppg decline is fourth and Williams' 6.2 is eighth.
  5. Boston's seven-game winning streak ended with Tuesday's 116-105 loss at Houston, despite having a higher shooting percentage than the Rockets and outrebounding them. It was the Celtics' first loss this season in a game they outshot and outrebounded their opponent after winning their first 19 such games.
  6. Kemba Walker is averaging 17.0 points on 32.9 percent shooting in his last five games after averaging 28.0 points on 50.0 percent shooting in his previous five. The Celtics are 13-4 in games when Walker shoots 50.0 percent or better and 18-10 in games when he makes less than half his shots.

The Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers seek to enter the All-Star break on a positive note as they face off in Boston on Thursday night.

The matchup is the last for each team before Sunday's star-studded showcase. The Celtics are looking to rebound from a 116-105 loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday that snapped their seven-game winning streak. Boston has won six straight at home, where it is 22-5 on the season.

The Clippers are similarly looking to bounce back after a 110-103 setback at the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday. Los Angeles is 1-2 entering the finale of its four-game road trip and 15-12 away from home overall.

Thursday's contest concludes the season series between the teams after the Celtics fell to the Clippers 107-104 in overtime in Los Angeles on Nov. 20. Jayson Tatum led Boston with 30 points in that game, while Lou Williams paced L.A. with 27 off the bench.

Tatum had a streak of nine straight games scoring 20 or more points snapped when he was held to 15 on 5-of-15 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Rockets. Gordon Hayward instead led the way with 20 points, and Jaylen Brown had 19 before exiting the contest late in the fourth quarter with a left calf contusion.

Brown is listed as probable for Thursday's tilt.

"My team needs me out there," Brown said Tuesday night. "So I'm going to try and push through it for those guys."

Brown has been battling an ankle injury that caused him to miss a game last week and a couple more in late January. Boston as a whole has been banged up of late, with Tatum's hot streak helping the team still win 10 of 11 prior to the game at Houston.

"There's a lot of things that we gotta work on from this game, to learn from, but it's not the end of the world," Tatum said after the loss. "It's one game. On to the next one."

Paul George and the Clippers are of a similar mindset after their loss Tuesday. George was held to 11 points on 3-of-15 shooting in one of his worst performances of the season, but Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points to keep Los Angeles in it.

"We fought to the end," Leonard said. "They made a push and, I mean, they played better tonight."

Coach Doc Rivers added: "I thought we lost the game because we didn't play with any continuity offensively."

The Clippers are still finding their groove with forward Marcus Morris Sr., acquired from the New York Knicks prior to last week's trade deadline. Morris scored 13 playing alongside Leonard and George against Philadelphia after putting up 10 with Leonard out in his L.A. debut Sunday.

Morris played two seasons from 2017-19 with the Celtics, averaging 13.8 points per game in that time.

For the Clippers, guard Patrick Beverley will miss his fourth straight game Thursday due to a groin injury.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 12, 2020

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