Clippers Snap Celtics’ Winning Streak [VIDEO]
The Boston Celtics had their four-game winning streak snapped with a 114-90 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers Monday night.
A total of six Clippers players reached double digits in scoring, including All-Star point guard Chris Paul, who scored 13 points and added 14 assists.
Isaiah Thomas scored 24 points and led the Celtics in scoring for the 13th consecutive game, matching a team record set by Larry Bird during the 1987-88 season.
The Celtics drop to fifth place in the Eastern Conference, a half game behind No. 4 Miami and a half game ahead of Charlotte, the sixth seed in the East.
Former Celtics forward Paul Pierce left Monday's game with an ankle sprain and knee contusion. Pierce was injured when he landed awkwardly while attempting a layup in the second quarter.
Former Celtics and current Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Pierce avoided what could have been a serious injury. "He's gonna be out for a little bit, we don't know how long," Rivers told reporters after the game.
Celtics forward Jae Crowder, who missed his eighth straight game with a high ankle sprain, is expected to return to practice Wednesday. Coach Brad Stevens told reporters on Monday that Crowder's availability for game action will be re-evaluated after Wednesday's practice.
Next up for the Celtics: a matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers Thursday night at 10 p.m.