The last leg of a long road trip is often the toughest one for most teams.
True to form, the Boston Celtics struggled on all levels as they closed out their four-game West coast trip with a decisive 140-115 loss to the Clippers.
The 140 points were the most points in regulation allowed by a Brad Stevens-coached team.
Boston came in riding the wave of success having won three in a row, and were looking to win a fourth straight in the state of California -- something that had not been done by a Celtics team in more than 50 years.
But it didn’t take long for those dreams to be dashed in emphatic fashion, as the Clippers played with the kind of energy, effort and intensity that Boston simply had no way of matching.
The Celtics will head back home to Boston Tuesday morning, and will have a couple days to recover from Monday night’s shellacking before they will face the Sacramento Kings at home on Thursday.
Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s loss to the Clippers:
Kyrie Irving: There was very little help offensively for Irving, who reached deep into the Uncle Drew bag of tricks to keep the Celtics afloat for most of the game. Irving would lead the Celtics with a double-double of 18 points and 11 assists.
Lou Williams: One of the greatest scoring sixth men ever, Williams delivered another strong game for Los Angeles in scoring a game-high 34 points off the bench. Williams is now the NBA’s all-time leading scorer among reserve players, having scored 11,154 points.
Danilo Gallinari: Trading away Tobias Harris immediately put Gallinari front-and-center as one of the Clippers’ best scoring threats. And the 6-foot-10 Gallinari did not disappoint, tallying 25 points.
Terry Rozier: Along with Irving, Rozier had a solid night, finishing with 26 points off the bench.
Jaylen Brown: Getting the start in place of an injured Jayson Tatum, Brown had 22 points to go with seven rebounds.
Montrezl Harrell: One of the better reserves this season, Harrell had 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting to go with six rebounds.
Marcus Morris: This was another rough shooting night for Marcus Morris, who had 11 points on 3-for-9 shooting. Prior to Monday’s loss, Morris had shot 41.7 percent from the field and just 28.1 percent on 3’s in the month of March.
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