The Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 119-115 at Staples Center late Friday, behind a strong third quarter and their star Jayson Tatum’s 34 points.

Playing without Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart, a 38-20 third quarter by the Celtics gave them a seven-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

Paul George-less Clippers also reacted, Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points, Lou Williams added 18 — including the final 7 points of his team — but it was not enough.

The Celtics improved to 12 wins and nine losses, while the Clippers dropped to 17 wins and seven losses.


Indiana Pacers-New Orleans Pelicans: 113-114

Orlando Magic-Chicago Bulls: 123-119

Cleveland Cavaliers-Milwaukee Bucks: 105-123

Brooklyn Nets-Toronto Raptors: 117-123

Oklahoma City Thunder-Minnesota Timberwolves: 103-106

Miami Heat-Washington Wizards: 122-95

Charlotte Hornets-Utah Jazz: 121-138

Phoenix Suns-Detroit Pistons: 109-92

Los Angeles Clippers-Boston Celtics: 115-119

*First team home team

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