Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/29

Game 1: Saturday, December 29th
Game 2: Sunday, February 3rd

Clippers 91

(24-25, 5-17 away)

Celtics 104

(27-20, 16-8 home)

    3:00 PM ET, February 3, 2002

    TD Garden, Boston, MA

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 27 23 28 1391
    BOS 25 29 27 23104

    Top Performers

    LAC: M. Olowokandi 27 Pts, 15 Reb, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Bos: A. Walker 27 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Celtics snap out of funk to top Clippers

    BOSTON (AP) -- This time, Antoine Walker and Paul Pierce made sure they didn't give up the lead down the stretch.

    Walker scored 27 points and Pierce added 24 as the Boston Celtics ended a three-game losing streak with a 104-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

    "We've been on a little slide," Pierce said. "This was a very important game for us. Our goal is to win the next two games before the All-Star break and build some momentum going into the second half of the season."

    Boston defeated the Clippers for the fifth straight time at home and avoided matching its season-high four-game losing streak. Los Angeles dropped its second straight game and hasn't won in Boston since the 1996-97 season.

    The Celtics, who have blown fourth-quarter leads against Toronto and Minnesota in the past week, went on a 12-4 run to start the fourth quarter to take a 93-82 lead. Walter McCarty had two 3-pointers in the spurt and Walker capped it with a basket inside.

    After the Clippers cut the deficit to eight points on a jumper by Darius Miles and a free throw from Quentin Richardson, Walker scored two baskets to push the lead to 12 with 4:55 left.

    "We didn't have an answer for Walker and Pierce," Clippers coach Alvin Gentry said. "But then again, a lot of teams don't have an answer for those two guys."

    The Clippers, already without Lamar Odom (wrist) for the next month, played without leading scorer Elton Brand because of a bruised left hip he re-aggravated against San Antonio last week. They also got into Boston at 2 a.m. on Sunday after taking a flight from Atlanta.

    Brand warmed up before the game but decided against playing because "the explosiveness wasn't there. I couldn't jump."

    Brand, who will have his high school jersey retired in a ceremony Monday night in Peekskill, N.Y., will test his hip again at the morning shootaround before the Clippers play Tuesday against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

    Michael Olowokandi led Los Angeles with 27 points and 15 rebounds. Jeff McInnis and Quentin Richardson added 14 points apiece.

    "We got in late, but it wasn't an excuse," McInnis said. "They just beat us tonight. McCarty hit some big 3s and their role players came up big early and then their big guys took over late in the game."

    The Celtics took their largest lead of the first half, 51-43, when McCarty hit a 3-pointer with 3:15 remaining. Corey Maggette's 3-pointer with five seconds left in the half cut the deficit to 54-50.

    Erick Strickland added 16 points for the Celtics while McCarty finished with 12, all coming on 3-pointers. Tony Battie had 13 points and 13 rebounds.

    "Our bench really was the story of the game," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. "We got a great lift out of them."

    Game notes
    Maggette returned after missing the last two games with a strained left knee and was in the starting lineup. ... The Celtics and the Clippers are the two youngest teams in the league. ... Strickland played despite injuring his spine Friday against Minnesota. ... Walker bruised both of his elbows after getting tangled up with Olowokandi, but returned to the game. ... Vitaly Potopenko is the only player in the NBA with at least 100 in each category to have more offensive than defensive rebounds. ... Brand had played in all 48 games this season.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 104
    FGM-FGA 31-75 (.413) 41-84 (.488)
    3PM-3PA 5-17 (.294) 11-22 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 24-34 (.706) 11-19 (.579)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-44 8-37
    Assists 15 26
    Turnovers 17 9
    Steals 7 11
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 6 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 25 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Michael Olowokandi Olowokandi
    Points: 27
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2
    Antoine Walker Walker
    Points: 27
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0