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Clippers streak past the Celtics, 106-77

L.A. has the most wins in a row — 15 — in the NBA in four seasons, and subs lead the way.

December 27, 2012|By Broderick Turner
  • Clippers stars Caron Butler, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford and Chris Paul celebrate as the bench players beat up on the Celtics.
Clippers stars Caron Butler, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford… (Harry How / Getty Images )

Fifteen and counting.

That's how the Clippers are rolling.

The Clippers won their NBA-best 15th consecutive game by running over the Boston Celtics, 106-77, on Thursday night at Staples Center.

The Clippers won a game with only one of their starters (Willie Green) playing in the fourth quarter and without Chris Paul's having one of his better games.

Still, the 29-point victory was the Clippers' largest win over Boston in franchise history.

"We've got something special," said super-sub Jamal Crawford, who had 17 points. "We've got a special group of guys and the sky is the limit for us."

Especially when the Clippers' top two scorers are reserves.

Besides Crawford's work off the bench, Matt Barnes did his thing, leading both teams in scoring with 21 points on seven-for-13 shooting, five for nine on three-point attempts.

Lamar Odom had another strong rebounding game, collecting 13, and Eric Bledsoe was tough on defense, getting six steals.

"Our bench production was excellent," said Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro, whose team has the best record in the NBA at 23-6, a half-game ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

As for the Clippers' starters, Paul had just eight points, missing eight of his 11 shots.

But he did have 11 assists and two steals.

Blake Griffin had 15 points and eight rebounds and Caron Butler was solid with 14 points in a game the Clippers basically put away in the third quarter, when they extended their lead to 21 points.

The last team to win 15 consecutive games or more was the Celtics during the 2008-09 season, when they won 19 straight.

This winning streak started in late November, so the Clippers haven't lost in December, winning 14 consecutive games.

They last lost on Nov. 26, at home against the New Orleans Hornets.

"The results happen if you prepare the right way and you execute the right way and you play together and you play hard and play together as a team," Del Negro said.

"And we're doing that. We just want to continually get better and more consistent for longer stretches."

The Celtics had said before the game that they didn't want the Clippers to get a lot of dunks.

So when Griffin went up for one of his emphatic dunk attempts with 4 minutes 48 seconds left in the third, Celtics rookie Jared Sullinger fouled him hard, drawing a flagrant foul 1.

That little dust-up seemed to get the Clippers rolling again.

Griffin made just one of two free throws, but then forced Paul Pierce into a tie-up for a jump ball.

Griffin won the tip, which led to a three-pointer by Paul for a 76-57 Clippers lead.

Then Odom blocked Pierce's shot, leading to another tie-up.

Odom won that jump ball, which then led to a Butler basket over Kevin Garnett and a 78-57 Clippers lead late in the third quarter.

"We were able to get some stops, get some jump balls," Del Negro said. "We were able to convert on them."

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