BOSTON – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the Celtics’ 129-119 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers:
The Celtics had no answer for the Jordan. He scored on alley-oops. And when Boston tried to go with a Hack-a-Jordan strategy, he made them pay as he finished with a career-high 30 points which included him shooting 8-for-9 from the free throw line. He also managed to grab 13 rebounds.
Irving delivered yet another strong game for the Celtics, scoring 33 points on 11-for-21 shooting to go with eight assists and just two turnovers.
After a sluggish start, Williams caught fire in the fourth quarter which is when he scored 16 of his 19 points off the bench.
His ability to score, defend and rebound all came into play for the Boston Celtics. Morris finished with a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, the kind of performance that they’ll need more of going forward.
One of the Clippers new guys, Harris’ two-man game with Jordan put the Celtics defense in a bad spot most of the game. Harris was one of seven – yes, seven – double-figure scorers for Los Angeles, tallying 21 points on 8-for-1 shooting to go with eight rebounds, five assists and a steal.
He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well (4-for-11), but Gallinari’s impact was undeniable. He had 20 points, most of which came from the free throw line (10-for-10).
Boston never established a presence defensively, allowing the Clippers to get pretty much anything and everything they wanted offensively. The Celtics allowed the Clippers to shoot 50 percent from the field with all five starters tallying double figures scoring. Boston allowed a season-high 129 points, bettering the previous high set three days ago (111 points) against Cleveland.