December 28, 2012

NBA: Clippers rout Celtics

 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Barnes tied his season high with 21 points off the bench, Chris Paul had 11 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated Boston 106-77 on Thursday night, becoming the first team to win 15 consecutive games since the Celtics four years ago.

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Boston Celtics' Doc Rivers, right, looks toward the screen next to Paul Pierce in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Fellow reserve Jamal Crawford added 17 points, Blake Griffin had 15 and Caron Butler 14 to help the Clippers improve the NBA's best record to 23-6.

Kevin Garnett scored 16 points for Boston, which never led in dropping to .500 at 14-14 with its fifth loss in seven games. Paul Pierce and Jeff Green added 12 points each to go with 10 apiece from Jason Terry and Rajon Rondo.

Boston's winning streak extended to 19 games in 2008-09.

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