(BOSTON) — The Boston Celtics have been doing all right without Rajon Rondo.
Boston moved to 4-0 without their All-Star point guard by defeating the Los Angeles Clippers, 106-104 on Sunday at the TD Garden.
The Celtics (24-23) got 22 points from Paul Pierce, including the clinching 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left.
“A lot of people say that we don’t have a chance to go to the playoffs, we can’t do this, we can’t do that,” guard Avery Bradley said. “We know we have each other and we’re going to go out there and fight for each other, no matter what, every single night.”
Los Angeles (34-15) trimmed a 98-83 deficit to just two before commiting an offensive foul and allowing the Pierce dagger. They played their seventh straight game without point guard Chris Paul due to injury.
“We’re just a little out of rhythm,” Los Angeles forward Matt Barnes said. “Guys are just playing a little out of position, but that’s no excuse.”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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